SHRL and the Flexible Workforce
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MHR013
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Business Administration;
dr. J.P. de Jong
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.P. de Jong
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.P. de Jong
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.P. de Jong
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2022
2  (07/11/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

After taking this course

  • You will have gained insight into the relationship between the changing labour market and labour management at the European, national, sector and organisational levels;

  • You can reflect on labour market developments and labour market policies of central actors in the labour system from various theoretical perspectives;

  • You can autonomously conduct and combine desk and empirical research (using scientific literature, policy documents, reports and website information, and by collecting interview data) into a topic belonging to the broad field of labour market and labour management. Self-education and teamwork play important roles in the research process;

  • You can report on this research by writing an academic paper according to scientific standards, in which you connect theory and empirical data.
  • You can identify the (theoretical and practical) challenges of leading and managing a flexible workforce under changing environmental conditions.
European and national labour market developments, such as the aging of European societies; the need for more flexibility from and for workers and enterprises; the need for investing in human capital; and the influence of policies and regulations, practices and strategies at the European, national, sector, regional, organisational and individual levels. Many labour market problems, such as unemployment, sick leave, labour market shortages, or a mismatch between the educational system and the labour market, evoke policy interventions.
In 'HRM and the Flexible Workforce', the focus is on labour market policies and organisational policies that are introduced to increase labour market participation and mobility, and the recruitment and motivation of diverse worker categories, as well as the complex relationships between policies designed at the various levels. More specifically, we will explore the issue of sustainable HRM, which focuses on balancing the interests of organizations, employees, and the environment. The course will explicitly challenge students to come up with both theoretical and practical solutions related to leading and managing the alignment of these different interests. To gain insights into the practical side of sustainable HRM, HR practitions actively participate in the lectures and real-life cases will be discussed. 
As part of the Master's programme in Strategic Human Resource Leadership, the course builds on the knowledge acquired in other courses of the SHRL master programme. Through an empirical research project, students are given the opportunity to examine a topical theme within the broad and dynamic area of 'HRM and the flexible workforce'. The central themes in the module can be viewed from various theoretical perspectives (such as institutional theory), and relate to the research interests of the lecturer, Dr. Jeroen de Jong. These interests include the promotion, adoption, implementation and use of flexible work arrangements, such as temporary employment, teleworking, and New Ways of Working.

Presumed foreknowledge
This module is part of the SHRL (Strategic Human Resource Leadership) programme. Prerequisite knowledge for entering the SHRL programme also applies to this course.
Test information
Written exam (70%) and paper (30%). Partial grades remain valid.

Ma 1

Required materials
To be announced
The literature will be announced in the course manual on Brightspace, which will be available before the start of the course.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes
Type of instructional modeLecture

Test weight70
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3

The written exam makes up 70% of the final grade.

written paper
Test weight30
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3

The paper makes up 30% of the final grade for this course. The result of the paper of the previous year is still valid.