Human Resource Management Practices: A Global Perspective

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Resource Management Practices: A Global Perspective

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Human Resources, Intercultural Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH
    ACADEMIC SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • can analyze and demonstrate an understanding of problems from different perspectives (Analysis)
    RESEARCH SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • is able to translate academic research into practically relevant outcomes, by analyzing data and relating the findings to theory related to HR practices and their alignment with the context (e.g. organizational context, national context, culture, institutions)

    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 describe the core theories and models that are used to explain the effects of these practices and systems of practices on individual and organizational outcomes.
    • can describe theoretical models regarding the relationships between contextual factors and HR practices.
    • can explain, contrast, and compare advanced theories, models and concepts of key HR practices that are fundamental to the HRM discipline.

    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 real-life HR case by applying theory, observing a real-life organization and interviewing a stakeholder

    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 (in writing) on substantive aspects of HR practices
    • can explain the role and need of a stakeholder in the firm
    • 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

    BROADENING YOUR HORIZON - STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO REFLECT ON THE ETHICAL AND SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL DECISIONS
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • is able to describe trends and challenges in organizational context
    • can identify national and international societal issues that impact HR practices.

    COURSE CONTENT
    The courses in this semester center around the international context of the business environment. Period 4 specifically introduces you to the environment of developed economies and what this means for different disciplines, in this case HRM. The course will provide you with in-depth knowledge on the key HR practices that are used in contemporary organizations. Also, you will learn to examine these practices in their wider context. Attention is not only paid to how practices fit the organizational context, but special attention is paid to examining practices based on a global perspective by studying how practices differ across national contexts. The core practices examined include training and development, performance management, participation and communication, recruitment and selection, and compensation. Core models on how these HR practices relate to individual and organizational outcomes are discussed. In addition to learning about the various individual practices, you will gain insight in the interplay between practices to understand how bundles and systems of practices can be strategically used to enhance organizational goals. Current world wide trends and challenges, such as the war for talent, will be discussed and specific HR practices related to these challenges are examined. Factors in the national and international context are studied and used to explain the use and effectiveness of certain HR practices.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures and Tutorials

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam – Individual assessment Assignment – Group assessment Mandatory attendance tutorials

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