DRE 6002 Human Resource Management

DRE 6002 Human Resource Management

Course code: 
DRE 6002
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Bård Kuvaas
Course name in Norwegian: 
Human Resource Management
Product category: 
PhD Leadership and Organisation Courses
2023 Spring
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Course type: 
One semester

Management is basically about getting things done through human resources. This course is intended to address how organizations can and actually do manage human resources. The course will expose the participants to the intersection between Human Resource Management (HRM) and strategy, other main functions of the organization, and micro research on employees’ behavior, motivation, attitudes, and performance (from fields such as organizational behavior and organizational and industrial psychology)

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completion, students should:
1) Have obtained an in depth understanding of major perspectives and theories applied to understand and investigate HRM.

2) Have obtained an in depth understanding of the relationship between individual HRM practices, bundles of HRM practices, and HRM systems and performance at the individual and organization/business unit levels of analyses.

3) Have obtained an in depth understanding of the history of the field of HRM and how it has evolved.

4) Be acquainted with relevant research journals, communities, and conferences that are relevant for organizational behavior.

Learning outcomes - Skills

After completion, students should:

1) Have learned how to analyze and discuss theories and empirical findings within the field of HRM. 2) Have learned how to identify and position research problems within the field of HRM.

3) Be better able to teach or otherwise communicate HRM research to a wider audience (i.e. students and practitioners).

General Competence

After completion, students should:

1) Be better able to write the theoretical part of a planned empirical paper that later can be submitted to a conference or to a journal. 

Course content
  • Overview of the field and strategic HRM
  • HRM and organizational performance
  • Selceted single HR-practices
  • Implementation of HRM practices


Teaching and learning activities

The course will be organized over 4 whole day sessions (7,5 hours each). Each session will cover main topics and will consist of three basic parts: 1) student presentations; 2) lectures; and 3) class discussions and group work.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Enrollment in a PhD Programme is a general requirement for participation in PhD courses at BI Norwegian Business School.
External candidates are kindly asked to attach confirmation of enrollment in a PhD programme when signing up for a course. Other candidates may be allowed to sit in on courses by approval of the courseleader. Sitting in on a course does not permit registration for the course, handing in exams or gaining credits for the course. Course certificates or confirmation letters will not be issued for sitting in on courses.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Written submission
1 Semester(s)
Individual paper that should contain a review of a particular topic or a proposal for an empirical study including hypotheses or propositions, consisting of 15 pages, plus references/appendices. The paper must be submitted according to the rules outlined in the PhD handbook. The paper should be original work, and be written specifically for this course.
Exam code: 
DRE 60022
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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Student workload
30 Hour(s)
Group work / Assignments
50 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.