ME2602 Human Resource Management 6.0 credits
Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management (HRM) constitutes a fundamental element in a modern management education. In a time when companies and organizations become more and more dependent on knowledge and specialized skills the importance of this area could also be argued to increase. This goes for all types of contemporary organizations, from the small biotech or IT company to the large global product or system producing company.
The aim of this course is to (1) from a strategic perspective provide an understanding for HRM issues, (2) present a general framework for HRM work in organizations and (3) develop the student’s practical ability to deal with HRM issues.
Educational levelSecond cycle
Academic level (A-D)C
Subject areaIndustrial Management
Grade scaleA, B, C, D, E, FX, F
PeriodsAutumn 12 P1 (3.0 credits), P2 (3.0 credits)
Start date2012 week: 34
End date2013 week: 1
Language of instructionEnglish
Number of lectures
Number of exercises
Form of studyNormal
Number of places *Min. 5
*) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places.
ScheduleSchedule (new window)
Course responsibleMatti Kaulio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
TeacherMatti Kaulio <email@example.com>
Compulsory for TIMIM
Elective for all programmes
After completed this course the student should be able to:·
- Identify and distinguish what constitute a HRM-system·
- Identify and distinguish different types of HRM-systems as well as describe how these support different strategies·
- Describe and value the theoretical foundations in HRM·
- Give example of and describe basic principles for the European (EU) labor legislation·
- Give example of measures in the area of HRM to enhance equality in organizations·
- Give example of and describe HRM related organizational changes (such as, increased flexibility, downsizing etc.) as well as how these affect employees and the HRM-system·
- Practice some basic recruitment tools and methods
Course main content
The course covers lectures, written assignments, practical exercises, and a written examination·
- The link between corporate, business, and functional strategy and HRM·
- The organization of the HR-function in different companies·
- The matching of demand and supply in HR·
- Short listing, interviews, and selection·
- Career development, training, and education·
- Competence and knowledge structures·
- Breakdown of competence need·
- Employee relations and matching people and jobs
- Organizational culture·
- Compensation and benefits·
- Gender perspectives on HRM·
- EU labor legislation·
- Equality and discrimination in HRM·
- Redundancy and dismissal·
- Downsizing, and outplacement
Central parts of this course are the interview and recruitment exercises, which gives the students the opportunity to acquire first-hand information on specific issues from HR practitioners (in the HR-manager interview) as well as practically test some of the methods taught in this course (in the recruitment exercise).
The course consists of a combination of lectures, guest lectures given by people from both academia as well as private and public sectors. Attendance and active participation in class discussions are expected. Participation in interview and recruitment exercises are mandatory, which requires participation in preparations, execution, as well as written and oral presentations. The concluding written exam determine the final grade in the course.
Industrial managements, basic course. or equivalent.
Exemption for those students in program CMATD, who have read the course MH1021 in autumn 2009 or 2010.
Basic management theory.
Not if student already has read ME2044.
Foot, M and Hook, M (last edition) Introducing Human Resource Management. (THS Students Bookstore). Distributed articles.
- SEM1 - Seminar, 1.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
- TEN2 - Examination, 4.0 credits, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ÖVN2 - Exercise, 1.0 credits, grade scale: P, F
Requirements for final grade
Written exam and passed exercises.
ITM/Industrial Economics and Management
Matti Kaulio. +46 8 790 7607
Matti Kaulio, firstname.lastname@example.org, +46 8 790 7607
Course plan valid from:
Examination information valid from: Autumn 08.