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2019/2020  MA-MMBAO2023U  Strategic Human Resource Management and Performance Management

English Title
Strategic Human Resource Management and Performance Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 4 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Part Time Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn, Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Master of Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Jesper Rangvid - Department of Finance (FI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Human resource management
  • Management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 28-06-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Understand the organisational role of HRM and HRM-strategy.
  • Analyse external and internal influences on HRM strategy and practices and reflect on strategic HRM options and actions.
  • Identify the role of HRM in relation to change efforts.
  • Characterise the multiple purposes of performance management in HRM practices.
  • Assess the value of key design choices and core properties of performance measures and evaluations with respect to decision making and motivation in organisation.
  • Analyse and critically reflect on the value and relevance of multiple performance management designs in specific organizational settings.
Strategic Human Resource Management and Performance Management:
Exam ECTS 4
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Appendices to be included in the 5 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Two internal examiners and one external examiner
Exam period Summer and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

Oral exam based on a synopsis


A synopsis of max 5 CBS standard pages (including appendices) is to be uploaded to CBS Digital Exam. The written part of the exam is FOLLOWED BY a final 30 minute oral exam based on the synopsis.


The exact exam time and place for each student will be announced at CBS Learn in due course.


More information about the synopsis and exam will be provided in session 1. 

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

In the face of increasing internal and external pressures on organisations to respond to changes in Business and Society, HRM offers on the one hand a distinct set of conceptual approaches to deal with these and on the other hand a growing range of strategic HR-practices, which are increasingly implemented in many leading organizations. The course offers an introduction and critical examination of key concepts of HRM and examines a number of key human resource practices from an HR-professional as well as an Executive perspective.


The first part of the course provides an overview of the history of HR-thinking, HR strategy, globalization, talent management and leadership issues. The focus here will be on linking internal and external challenges, which strategic HR decisions have to be made within. The internal challenges include transformation of psychological contracts, management of high performing employees, assessment of organizational and individual capabilities, talent and performance management, etc. The external forces, which influence HR decisions, are for example technology change, social responsibility, mergers, regulatory changes, and war for talent.


The second part of the course is reserved for further reflections on the issues of how to evaluate and measure performance and how these performance accounts are used in organisations for decision making and motivation in organisations. The design and use of performance evaluations and measures are fundamental in many HRM topics like performance reviews, talent management, compensation, promotions, feed back and competence development. Moreover, they also provide essential knowledge useful in strategy execution, budgeting and operations management, which are subject areas addressed at other courses later in the EMBA program.


Description of the teaching methods
The lectures will be conducted in a dialogue manner. The aim of the lectures is to provide the student with an overview of the subject area, highlight key issues, models and themes from the literature and discuss their practical implications.

Cases will take up a good part of the teaching, and a thorough analysis of case issues, and suggestions for their solution, will be expected.

The participants’ own experiences with performance management systems will also be mobilised. These experiences are valuable sources for adding to our mutual understanding and learning process.
Feedback during the teaching period
The feedback
Feedback is given to the student together with the grade when written and oral exams have been evaluated.

The evaluation
At the evaluation unit at CBS’s Economic & Analysis department we ask you to evaluate the overall course. In other words if there has been exercise classes and lectures the evaluation should include both. We evaluate every course and faculty to secure and strengthen the professional level of the offered course.
Student workload
Lectures 32 hours
Preparation + Exam 78 hours
Last updated on 28-06-2019