The Changing HRM Environment


Course Objective

Academic and research skills: Students are able to collect and analyse
information regarding developments in the external environment.
Knowledge: Students have knowledge of the important theories and models
related to the management of human resources and the role of the
external environment and are able to apply these.
Solving problems: Students are able to analyse contemporary challenges
that organizations are facing due to changes in the external environment
and discuss their implications for the management of human resources.
Students are capable of providing theoretically-founded solutions to
such challenges that take into account organizational and environmental
Professional and social skills: Students develop their social skills
further through working together with others on a group assignment.
Additionally, by working on a business challenge students will develop
their professional skills.
Self-reflection: Students are challenged to critically evaluate their
own learning process.

Course Content

This course introduces students to the challenges that organizations
face related to the topic of mobilizing people (i.e., HRM). Central to
this course is the idea that organizations do not operate in isolation,
rather, the external environment impacts organizations in significant
ways. In order to effectively manage human resources it is crucial to be
able to recognize, analyse, and adapt to these developments in the
external organizational environment. Examples of developments that
organizations currently face include the need for increased flexibility
and the associated legal, social, and organizational challenges. Also,
demographic changes resulting in a more diverse workforce might require
adaptations in organisational designs and HRM strategies and practices.
Finally, individualisation of the employment relationship (as evidenced
by the use of individualized/customized work arrangements and increasing
numbers of self-employed workers) is discussed and it is analysed how
such developments in the external environment impact HRM policies and
practices. The course will provide you with in-depth knowledge on these
types of challenges that contemporary organizations face and will
provide you with the skills required for analysing these contexts and
successfully managing human resources. In parallel to this course,
students participate in the course Contemporary Careers and
Organizations, in which implications of these organizational
developments on individual employees are examined in more detail.
Together these courses provide insight in both the importance of the
legal, political and social environment for HRM as well as the
implications for individual employees and their careers.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written exam - Individual assessment
Assignment + presentation - Group assessment


Selection of academic papers. To be announced in the course manual.

General Information

Course Code E_BA_CHRME
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. E. Lysova
Examiner dr. E. Lysova
Teaching Staff dr. L.J. Knappert

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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