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Managing People (PE)


This course consist of 3 parts (Behavioural Decision Making, Managing People and Organising), which are handled in an integrated way. Benefits are a better understanding of correlations between the parts and how to learn to view these parts or topics in a coherent manner. During a period of 4 months nine intervision sessions will be held. Every part however has its own grading and testing. Completing succesfully this integrated course will add 9 EC to your total EC score.

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 is tailor-made and will be defined by mutual agreement. A detailed table of contents is published in ELO.

Mode of instruction

The course combines lectures, case studies, interactive discussions, papers, assignments and a final examination.
There is a preparatory assignment before the first meeting.

Assessment method

Assignments: 60% Examination: 30% Class Participation: 10%

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.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Programme Co-ordinator ms. Judith Havelaar LL.M