MBA 2434 Human Resource Management

MBA 2434 Human Resource Management

Course code: 
MBA 2434
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Øyvind Lund Martinsen
Miha Skerlavaj
Course name in Norwegian: 
Human Resource Management
Product category: 
MBA China
2024 Spring
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

In its essence management is about getting things done through people and human resources. This course addresses how organizations can and actually do manage human resources at strategic, tactical, and operational levels. The course will expose the participants to current trends in research and practice of human resource management by engaging them in both practice-oriented experiential learning as well as evidence-based approach towards HRM.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

Students will obtain an understanding of contemporary research evidence-based knowledge in the field of human resource management through the overview of the most important topics, concepts, and contributions within this field.

Learning outcomes - Skills

Upon course completion, the students should be able to critically examine theories, studies and practice in human resource management. They should know how research in this field may be interpreted and evaluated, and see how this knowledge may be applied to real life situations.  Vice versa, the students shall also be able to construct new knowledge from real life situations that the course will enable them to engage with.


General Competence

The students should be able to communicate and discuss human resource management concepts, processes, real-life practices in order to construct, communicate and utilize knowledge about people at work.

Course content
  1. Pre-work: Groups prepare videos on selected HRM topics 
  2. Intro: Contextualizing HRM
  3. Research and practice trends in HRM
  4. HRM and organizational performance
  5. Talent management
  6. Work engagement, job design and HRM
  7. HR internationalization, expats and culture
  8. Recruitment and selection
  9. Training and development
  10. Performance management, compensation and feedback systems
  11. Employee retention and turnover
  12. Role of HR as change agents in digital transformation
  13. Innovative HRM and HRM for innovation
  14. Stepping in the shoes of an HR manager - Digital HR and data analytics (online simulation)
  15. Follow-up: Individual exam (case analysis)

    2 of the teaching hours in this course are dedicated to CSR, ethics, social and environmental issues.

Teaching and learning activities

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours.

The course is conducted through a total of 48 hours of lectures, 30 hours of group work and 46 hours of independent studies.

The course is a part of a full MBA programme and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

70% - Term paper (individual):
The term paper must be handed in accordance to the exam regulations. It will be analysis of a chosen case study, where students are expected to identify problem symptoms, provide analysis of root-causes by connecting theory to practice, and suggest recommendations.

30% - Group video presentations: Using storytelling and video, we aim to both deductively apply theoretical concepts to real-life situations but even more so inductively co-create new knowledge from real life situations about chosen HRM topics in the context of student organizations.  Its essence is for students to assume the role of a journalist and video record (with smartphones) stories about chosen concepts and ideas from the course textbook through the action learning approach within an organizational setting.

Students will get instructions and technical support from teaching assistant at the beginning and in the process of preparing their stories. The final deliverable is a repository of short video cases on topics of human resource management in student organizations.

Criteria against each which group projects will be graded are quality of analysis, creativity in presentation of the chosen topic and narrative, and effort made to connect the narrative with the course materials. The overall scope here is for students to develop a practical and rigorous approach towards practice of human resource management at work.

While we do not grade for it, we also strongly encourage Individual student activity in the classroom, where top contributors would typically include students that are active throughout the whole duration of the course, providing examples, evidence-based opinions, critical consideration, come prepared to classes, read up on voluntary materials and in general co-create a climate of experiential collegiate learning.  Fair contributors are those that meet the expectations set by the instructor and occasionally contribute to discussions. Poor class contribution is a student behavior where student do not appear in the classroom, are passive and/or contribute in terms of quantity rather quality of arguments).

Software tools
Online HRM simulation, where student assume the role of human resource manager in need of allocating resources over time, prioritizing HR practices of their choosing. During the simulation, student are also resolving short dilemmas and scenarios they confront.


Software tools
Software defined under the section "Teaching and learning activities".

Granted admission to the BI-Fudan MBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


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

Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission PDF
4 Week(s)
The participants are evaluated through a written assignment over four weeks performed individually, counting 70% of the final grade. For more information, please see the section "Teaching and learning activities"
Exam code: 
MBA 24343
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Exam category: 
Form of assessment: 
Submission other than PDF
Group (2 - 6)
4 Week(s)
The participants are evaluated through a group video presentations, counting 30% of the final grade. For more information, please see the section "Teaching and learning activities"
Exam code: 
MBA 24344
Grading scale: 
Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
All exams must be passed to get a grade in this course.
Total weight: 
Student workload
48 Hour(s)
Combination of experiential learning (HR simulation and case studies) and interactive lectures.
Student's own work with learning resources
42 Hour(s)
Case studies, professional and academic articles
Group work / Assignments
30 Hour(s)
Preparing a video on selected current topic in HRM.
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 4 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 110 hours.