Contemporary Perspectives on HRM Theory


Course Objective

Academic & Research Skills: First, students will be able to understand
organizational problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Second,
students will be able to identify the gap between HR theory and HR
practice, and thereby, formulate research problems.

Bridging Theory and Practice: First, students will acquire knowledge of
the history,
philosophy, and the contemporary developments in the study of Human
Resource Management by reviewing scientific articles. Second, students
will gain an appreciation for theories which (should ) inform the HR
professional in playing a strategic role in assisting management with
syncretizing organizational goals and employee talent. Third, students
will gain awareness of the broader society and the role of the HR
professional in assisting management with understanding the significance
of HR theory, societal realities in the HR Planning process. Fourth,
students will develop an appreciation of the interaction between
organizations’ financial capacity and the influence of societal
realities including economic conditions, international treaties, labor
market situations, and the demographic composition, and how these
realities impinge on the HR decision making process.
Based on empirical data gained from a
review of the literature, students will identify relevant HR theory and
HR practices to address complex organizational problems from an
interdisciplinary perspective which includes workplace diversity a.o.
gender, sexuality, ethnicity, culture and demographic composition.
Additionally, students will understand the need for theories which
inform Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices in the

Course Content

Human Resource Management is the design of formal systems in an
organization to ensure the effective and efficient use of human talent.
These formal systems should generate activities that involve the
utilization and development of an organization’s resources which include
personnel, technical equipment, and policies. Thereby, an organization
is equipped with essential elements to facilitate individual, groups and
teams with achieving stated goals. The study of HRM is informed by the
behavioral and social sciences which includes psychology, economics,
law, anthropology and sociology.
In this course emphasis is given to the HR theory which underpins HR
practices. Therefore, special attention is given to identifying the gap
between HR theory and HR practices in an organization context, this will
include contemporary topics such as Workplace Diversity, Ethics and
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Thus, a variety of theories will
be explained.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

individual and group assessment


Literature will be posted on Canvas

Target Audience

This course is designed for students with an interest in specializing in
Human Resource Management. However, the topics covered in this course,
work-life balance, workplace diversity, ethics, corporate social
responsibility are all contemporary issues in modern society, thus this
course is relevant for all university students.

Recommended background knowledge

BK 1.5 HRM & OB 3.4 Contemporary Perspectives on OB Leading Change

General Information

Course Code E_IBK3_CPHRM
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. D.A. Driver-Zwartkruis
Examiner dr. D.A. Driver-Zwartkruis
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Instruction course
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