Course ObjectiveAcademic and Research Skills:
• Students are able to conduct a qualitative research on a challenge or
problem related to contemporary careers and organizations.
Knowledge of Theory and Methods, and Solving Complex Problems:
• Students develop a state-of-the-art knowledge of key concepts
concerning contemporary careers and organizations at the individual,
interpersonal, team, and organizational levels of analysis, and are able
to relate these concepts and levels of analysis to one another.
Professional Social Skills:
• Students are able to translate concepts and real-life challenges
related to contemporary careers and organizations to practical solutions
for employees and organizations.
• Students are able to apply concepts on contemporary careers and
organizations to their own career development.
Course ContentThe course Careers and Organizations is one of the mandatory
introduction courses of the Human Resource Management specialization
programme. The goal of the course is to develop students’ advanced
understanding of the contemporary employment challenges associated with
the changing nature of work, and how both individuals and organizations
can address these challenges. With this goal the course aims to provide
foundation to the subsequent courses of the MSc programme. Specifically,
the course addresses substantial changes in the structure of
organizations, jobs, and individual careers and translates them to the
implications for individual behaviors and organizational policies. Many
people now work in jobs with temporary contracts, while others are
entrepreneurs by necessity. Newspapers suggest that it is especially
difficult for graduates to enter employment. Indeed, with employment
becoming more demanding and increasingly characterized by self
employment, short-term contracts and unpaid work, organizations face
complex challenges to design and organize work for individuals and
teams. Given this employment context, are there many individuals who
have the job they love? And consequently, what does it mean to work and
to be employed today?
Business leaders and HR professionals increasingly note that more and
more employees are getting into the crisis of meaning and purpose when
making job decisions. If many individuals aspire to have a purposeful
and meaningful career, the question arises: How do individuals take
responsibility and ownership for the world around them by, for example,
keeping in mind sustainability, diversity and (scarce) resources? And,
in turn, how should organizations arrange their practices to promote
employees to pursue a meaningful career? The course “Contemporary
Careers and Organizations” aims to answer these and many other questions
concerned with the implications of the changes in the way organizations
organize and with employment relations in general. During this course,
students will conduct qualitative research on this topic and present
their findings in an academic research paper.
Method of AssessmentIndividual research paper
Blog group assignment(s)
Entry RequirementsWe expect students to have at least a completed (BSc) degree in business
administration or a related discipline, preferably with (some) HRM
background, for example: the course ‘Advanced HRM’, 3rd year BSc in
LiteratureCompulsory literature involves:
• Arthur, M.B., Khapova, S.N. & Richardson, J. (2018). An Intelligent
Career: Taking Ownership of Your Work and Your Life. New York: Oxford
• A selection of academic papers, which will be announced in the course
Recommended background knowledgePrior basic knowledge of Organizational Behavior (Work & Organizational
Psychology) and Human Resource Management is assumed.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||School of Business and Economics|
|Course Coordinator||M. Twemlow MSc|
|Examiner||M. Twemlow MSc|
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|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture|
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