Organizational Behavior - Human Resource Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organizational Behavior - Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business, Human Resources

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC
    INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH

    ACADEMIC SKILLS (THREE AS)
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • can analyze and demonstrate an understanding of problems from different perspectives (Analysis)
    • is able to recognize fundamental structures and to leave out irrelevant information (Abstraction)
    • is able to put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view, both in spoken and written format (Argumentation)

    RESEARCH SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • is able to translate academic research into practically relevant outcomes

    BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE
    KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning the relevant areas in international business administration
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • can explain basic theories, models and concepts of HRM and OB
    • is able to relate, contrast, and compare between theories, models, and concepts

    APPLICATION: Can propose a solution to an international real-life business problem by applying relevant theories and methodologies.
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • Is able to provide practical solutions to a case by applying theory from OB and HRM


    SOCIAL SKILLS – STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE DIFFERENT
    PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN A CROSS-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • is able to present (both orally and in writing) on basic aspects of OB and HRM
    • can describe roles and needs of different types of stakeholders
    • can work well in a team and reflect on his/her own role in the team
    • is sensitive to cross-cultural differences, understands how these translate into social contexts and is able to deal with those differences in social interactions

    SELF-AWARENESS – STUDENTS CAN EVALUATE OWN LEARNING, KNOWLEDGE AND
    ACTIONS

    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • is able to recognize the results of his/her own actions
    • can reflect on his/her personal development

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course is about you. HRM & OB deals with the human factor in organizations. All business functions in the IBA curriculum, like Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Strategy, can’t possibly exist without people executing them. Ever wondered why people in organizations behave the way they do? Ever wondered why people change their behavior as soon as they enter an organization? You may already have formed your own theories regarding how people behave in social situations. But here is the "million dollar question": is there any scientific evidence that supports your theories? This course will help you test your own theories, and question them by comparing them to other theories on social behavior in organizational contexts. We will look at behavior in organizations from three different levels of analysis: the individual, the group, and the organization. The individual level focuses on the employee and his or her job. You will study topics such as personality, work attitudes, motivation, and decision making. The group level deals with teams or departments, and the interaction within and between groups in organizations. You will take a look at topics such as group development and behavior, diversity, and conflicts and negotiation. Finally, the organizational level examines the interaction between managers, employees, groups, and the organization as a whole. Examples of relevant topics are organizational change and leadership. These three levels will be integrated using an HRM perspective: how to effectively use the available human capital to make employees flourish and organizations thrive?

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures
    Tutorials

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Assignment - Group + Individual assessment
    Final, written exam – Individual assessment
    Mandatory attendance tutorials

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    This course builds on the knowledge provided during 1.1 People in Business and Society and 1.2 Organizational Theory. Furthermore, the skills obtained during 1.3 Academic Skills are crucial for the assignments during the tutorials.

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