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Managing People


Admission requirements



The core of Human Resource Management (HRM) is the recognition of the value of employees for organisational success, which is often defined in terms of creating and sustaining competitive advantage. Selection, development and socialisation of employees become core activities of personnel management. Such practices are no longer seen as tasks that are the responsibility of a separate personnel department, but they become part of top management’s personnel strategy. Line managers are increasingly expected to play an active role in implementing HR policies and practices. In this course, we will discuss several key points, such as the nature of HRM and its practices, the link between HRM and firm performance, HRM dilemmas of today’s firms and future trends. The course is structured through the three main phases of employment management: entry, performance, and exit of employees.

Course objectives

  • Gain an understanding of fundamental HRM practices and their theoretical underpinnings

  • Understand how these practices can be applied to analyze and solve practical HRM problems.

  • Understand the nature of human resource management (HRM) and how HRM contributes to organizational performance.

  • Recognize HR practices and analyze the success of these within organizations

  • Understand the need for alignment between HR practices and the need for alignment between HRM and business strategy


The schedule can be found on the LIACS website

Detailed table of contents can be found in blackboard.

Mode of instruction

3 hours lectures every week, six weeks long.

Assessment method

  • Individual final exam: 70% of final grade

  • Group case write-ups and Research assignment: 30% of final grade


Managing People

Reading list

R. A. Noe, J. R. Hollenbeck, B. Gerhart, P. M. Wright: Fundamentals of Human Resources Management: 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition or 4th Edition. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2007, 2008, 2011

Signing up for classes and exams

You have to sign up for classes and examinations (including resits) in uSis. Check this link for more information and activity codes.

There is a limited capacity for students from outside the master ICT in Business. Please contact the Programme Co-ordinator.

Contact information

Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M


Due to the interactive nature of the course, attendance is mandatory