By the end of the course, students:
During this course, the students:
- Can critically reflect on the literature and research on HRM and performance;
- Can apply HRM and performance literature to write an academic research proposal for analyzing the HRM – performance relationship in an empirical situation.
This course helps students to improve their skills in understanding the mechanisms that relate HRM to performance and to apply this to an empirical situation. The necessary skills for this are relevant for future (HR) professionals, managers, consultants and/or researchers.
- Gain knowledge about the HRM – performance debate and about the background theories and constituent elements of the HRM – performance link (knowledge);
- Apply this knowledge in a team of three of four students to an empirical situation and write a research proposal (application);
- Individually, reflect critically on the HRM and performance literature and their own work (reflection).
The much-debated relationship between HRM and Performance has occasionally moved beyond universal best practice, and academics tend to use a best system approach. However, this issue is not yet decided and unclear what this means and implies. At the same time, practitioners are left with uncertainty about how to configure HRM in their companies. What are the elements of the system? What practices constitute an HRM system that produces the desired effects? What practices allow for 'powerful connections' between the practices? And to what extent are there inconsistencies or even 'deadly combinations' between practices with the ultimate disastrous impact on attitudes and behavior of employees, hence organizational performance? The main question is: what mechanisms can explain why what (combinations of) HR policies and practices are related to performance outcomes?
In the course we address the research as well as the practice perspective. We try to open up the black box between HRM and performance by focusing on the effects that bundles of policies (such as control and commitment policies) and practices (such as flexible rewards, profit sharing, participation in decision making, information sharing, work-life arrangements etc.) have on various HR outcomes and on organizational performance. To achieve this goal, we critically examine relevant literature and apply this to an empirical question.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, (Strategic) Human Resource Management, (Strategic) Personnel Management.
The exam consists of two parts:|
1. A group paper containing a research proposal for a case organization (50% of the grade);
2. An individual portfolio of individual assignments per class and a critical reflection on the research proposal (50% of the grade). Each assignment in the portfolio will be assessed as sufficient or insufficient; the entire portfolio will be graded on a 1-10 scale.
Both parts of the exam (group assignment and individual portfolio) need to be >5. Results of the different parts are only valid for the running year.