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Before choosing course

Human Resource Management (HRM) represents a fundamental building block in a modern management education. In addition, when companies increasingly rely on knowledge and competence to compete on a global market, the relevance of HRM related issues has increased. This situation is typical for all types of organizations, from the small biotech or IT company to the large product- and 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.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus ME2044 (Autumn 2009–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course comprises lectures, written assignments and participation in the exercise.

  • The relation between strategy and the HRM-system
  • Organization of the HR-function in different companies
  • Historical background and development of HRM
  • Matching supply and demand in HR
  • Recruitment: Analysis of competence demand; Shortlisting and selection; Feedback
  • Competences and knowledge structure
  • Career development, training and education
  • The employment relationship
  • Payment system and incentives
  • Equal opportunities and gender
  • General work legislation
  • Legislation, discrimination and outplacement
  • Redundancy and downsizing

An important element of the course is also the group exercise where the students are given the opportunity to apply different parts of the recruitment process.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course you should be able to:

  • identify and distinguish the components of a HRM-system
  • identify and distinguish different types of HRM-systems and describe how they supports the strategy of different organizations
  • describe and evaluate the theoretical foundation for HRM
  • exemplify and describe basic principles of the Swedish and the European work legislation
  • exemplify measures to reduce gender related differences in organizations
  • exemplify and describe contemporary trends in organizational change (e.g. organic growth, increased flexibility or downsizing) an how they affect employees and the HRM-system
  • apply some fundamental tools and models used in the recruiting process

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Industrial management, basic course or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

Not if student already has read ME2602.


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Will be announced at the start of the course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercise, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web ME2044

Offered by

ITM/Industrial Economics and Management

Main field of study

Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies



Lars Uppvall,, +46 8 790 94 60

Supplementary information

Replaces 4D1096

the course is given for the last time in spring 2010.