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2015/2016  BA-BHAAV1018U  Human Resource Management

English Title
Human Resource Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 60
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Syed Salman Ahmad - Department of Organization (IOA)
Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt/​student-hub
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Organization
  • Organisational behaviour
Last updated on 07-10-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: After completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the various human resource management processes in organizations.
  • Apply theoretical concepts of HRM in real life business situations illustrated in cases.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the ways in which organizations can attract, retain and motivate employees.
  • Develop a link of integration between HR strategy and overall business strategy of the organization.
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 2
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
In order to sit for the exam, mandatory feedback assignments will need to be completed. These will be one group oral presentation (20 minutes duration) as well as one group written submission (1500 words). The class will be divided into small study groups for this. Groups will be assigned topics and readings at the beginning of the course so that they may schedule meetings to prepare their presentation and submission.
Human Resource Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
The exam is a 4 hour written, open book exam. The exam will consist of case analyses where students will be expected to apply their understanding of theoretical models and research in the HR domain in the analysis and solution of real life HR related business problems. They will also be expected to critically examine relevant models, theories and practices relevant to the problem at hand as illustrated in the business case.
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • Allowed dictionaries
  • Allowed calculators
  • Notes in paper format brought by the examinee
  • Access to personal drive (S-drive) on CBS' network
  • USB key to upload your notes before the exam
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Same as for the main exam.
Description of the exam procedure

PC exam on CBS computers with print.
It is not allowed to bring your own PC and printer.
No access to the internet and LEARN.
Access to personal S:/drive.
Before the exam starts information can also be uploaded from a USB-key to PC, then the USB-Key should be put away during exam.

Course content and structure

Although not all management students become Human Resource (HR) specialists, virtually all will have to work with other people. Dealing with people issues is a process of organizational life, regardless of what functional area or position one is in, be it accounting, finance, marketing or some other area. Since managers in all departments functionally confront HR issues daily, it is important that students of management are introduced to the major topics associated with managing people in the context of the global marketplace.
The course is designed to give participants an overview of Human Resource issues and practices in organisations from an international perspective and will include the following topics:

  • Role of HR in Business Strategy
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training for Organisational Development
  • Performance Management and Appraisal
  • Compensation Management and Money as Motivator
  • Coaching in Career Management and Development
  • Ethics, Fairness and Employee Relations
  • Stress and Well-Being in the Organisation
  • Industrial Relations and Trade Unions
  • International HRM

Course participants will explore the above through business cases that deal with practical HR issues at the workplace not necessarily from the perspective of an HR manager but from the perspective of the line manager in any functional area. The idea is to simulate problem solving of HR issues that managers generally face in organizations.

The course’s development of personal competences:
This course is designed to help students become more effective managers (and employees) by raising awareness and understanding of critical human resource related issues such as:

  • The management framework of human resources in organizations.
  • Emerging management practices which are changing HR Management.
  • How building employee commitment can be a cornerstone of an employer's HR philosophy and the important elements of building this commitment.
  • Human issues related to the globalization and internationalization of business.
Teaching methods
The course is designed to be highly interactive and will include Classroom Discussions, Case Analyses, Workshops and Group Work by Course Participants. Pre-class preparation and reading and active participation in classroom discussion is expected and is important for the achievement of course objectives. The class will be divided into study groups that will work together for the entire duration of the course.
Expected literature


Book: Dessler, G. (2015). Human Resource Management, Prentice Hall. (ISBN-10: 0133801993; ISBN-13: 9780133801996

Articles & Cases: Apart from the above book, a list of research articles will be assigned for reading and pre-class preparation during the course. Students will also need to purchase some case studies from Harvard Business Publishing. A special link with discounted prices for these cases will be made available for students at the beginning of the course.

Indicative List of Cases:
1. Sonoco Products Co.: Building a World-Class HR Organization
2. Development of a Multinational Personnel Selection System 
3. Safe to Say at Prudential Financial
4. Shinsei Bank: Developing an Integrated Firm
5. Citibank: Performance Evaluation
6. Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant: Motivating in Good Times and Bad
7. Treadway Tire Company: Job Dissatisfaction and High Turnover at the Lima Plant
8. People Management Fiasco at Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India Ltd.
9. Donna Klein And Marriott International
10. Coloplast A/S - Organizational Challenges in Offshoring

Last updated on 07-10-2015