GRA 8263 Human Resource Management (2023/2024)

GRA 8263 Human Resource Management (2023/2024)

Course code: 
GRA 8263
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour
Course coordinator: 
Bård Kuvaas
Course name in Norwegian: 
Human Resource Management (2023/2024)
Product category: 
EMBA Business Administration - Core Courses
2023 Autumn
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Course type: 
One semester

HRM is basically about getting things done through people. This course is intended to address how organizations can and do manage human resources in order to create an organizational climate consisting of a highly motivated and committed workforce. The course will expose the participants to the intersection between Human Resource Management (HRM), Organizational Behavior (OB), and strategy. The purpose is not to get into technical details of HRM that are best left to specialists – be it the use of selection tests or the specifics of job evaluation. Rather, the course adopts the perspective of the general manager who addresses human resource topics from a business perspective.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

After completion of the course, the students should have obtained an understanding of contemporary research knowledge in HRM and an overview of the most important topics, concepts, and contributions within the field.

Learning outcomes - Skills

After completion of the course, the students should be able to analyze the effectiveness of individual HRM prctices and HRM systems in organizations and how to implement more effective individual HRM practices and HRM systems in organizations.

General Competence

After completion of the course, the students should be able to communicate and discuss the implications of the main research findings in the field and have an understanding of the difficulites assoicated with implementing effective individual HRM practices and an effective HRM system.

Course content
  • Introduction to HRM
  • Evidence-based management/HRM
  • Main approaches to HRM
  • HRM and organizational performance
  • Case: Southwest Airlines
  • Motivation and job design
  • Compensation management
  • Performance management
  • Recruitment
  • Training and development
  • Summing up and drawing conclusions
Teaching and learning activities

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

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

The course is a part of a full Executive 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.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the EMBA programme. Please consult our student regulations.


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

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 82634
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Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No 4 Week(s)Group ( 2 - 6)Written assignment in groups, counts 100% of the final grade.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Group (2-6)
Duration: 4 Week(s)
Comment:Written assignment in groups, counts 100% of the final grade.
Exam code:GRA 82634
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
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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.