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Advanced Human Resources Management

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  • Course given in: English
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  • Schedule: Autumn or Spring Semester 2019-2020, 4.0h. course (weekly average)
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Success in today’s competitive business environment is increasingly the function of effective management of its resources, particularly, employees. The quality of the organization’s employees, their enthusiasm, and satisfaction with their jobs, and their sense of fair treatment all impact the firm’s productivity, level of customer service, reputation, and survival.

The students in HRM must be aware of comprehensive aspects of human resource management to understand the functioning of human resource management and its impact on the organization. Therefore, this advanced course on Human Resource Management is designed with the following objectives: a) learn the main HR techniques b) understand, analyze, evaluate and be able to use the HR tools and concepts.

This course will not get into the technical details of personnel management such as the psychometric aspects of test validation, the mechanics of interviewing, or the intricacies of employment law. These topics are primarily relevant to those intending to become human resource professionals. Instead, this course adopts the perspective of a general manager and addresses human resource topics from a strategic perspective.

The teaching will be based on case studies, theory, academic research, as well as group work and exercises. It is required for you to read the case studies and participate to the course. The slides discussed in the classroom will be made available on Moodle. External experts will be complementing the teaching and bring most updated reality in the course.


  • Introduction to Human Resources Management: strategic HRM
  • HR and manpower planning
  • Job analysis and job descriptions
  • Recruitment strategy
  • Selection tools
  • Work satisfaction, absenteeism and attrition
  • Talent management and career development and planning
  • Performance management tools and processes
  • Basics of Compensation & Benefits
  • Managing redudancy, separations and layoffs
  • International HR Management

N.B.: the up-to-date and detailed list of topics will be found on Moodle. I reserve the right to change the scheme of work and course content, depending on time constraints or other unforeseen circumstances, with the intent of maximizing student-learning outcomes.


Human Resource Management: Global Edition - Pearson, 16/e

Garry Dessler ©2019

ISBN: 9781292309125


Case Studies

Case Studies are an essential part of the course and a significant investment for the student. There will be 8 Case Studies in total, each one of them dedicated to a particular topic. For each Case Study, specific questions will be made available in advance for you to answer. All sessions where this is required will be specifically indicated on Moodle.

You will individually respond in writing to the questions prior to the classroom teaching. You will also need to upload your homework with your responses each Tuesday before 12:00 on Moodle. No late submission will be accepted. The required format is PDF and the entire content will need to fit into an A4 page with a minimum font size 11.

Based on the “Directive du Décanat n°2” dated 04/05/2010, you will need to individually buy the case studies on the course webpage hosted by the Harvard Business School or The Case Center. The estimated price for all case studies is around USD 50.-.

Group Seminars

The topics to investigate for Group Seminars will be defined early in the semester and attributed to the groups. The organization of the seminars will depend on the size of the class and exact details will be communicated in the first weeks of the semester, once the students are enrolled and amount of students are known.


If you are interested to take this course, you will need to get formally enrolled on Moodle by Monday, February 24th at the latest. All the details will be communicated during the first session on Tuesday, February 18th. No late registration will be accepted (no exceptions). For pedagogical reasons, the number of students can be limited and the enrollment closed at any time in case of high affluence.


First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

The conditions for passing the course are the following: you will need a) to upload on Moodle during the semester at least 5 documents with the responses to the Case Studies (documents graded below 3 will not count) b) to have completed the Group Seminar with a grade of 3 and above. The final grade will be calculated as follows:

  • Case Studies: the individual Case Studies documents will be graded on a weekly basis, and will count for 70% of the final grade. The 5 best weekly documents will be used for the average calculation. It will be rounded to the next 0.10.
  • Group Seminars: the graded group seminars will account for 30% of the final grade based on global group performance and individual contributions (students’ evaluation).
  • Course Participation: a coefficient between +/- 0.5 will be applied to the final grade based on the course participation.
  • There is no final exam.


    Oral 0h15 minutes

    In case a student is failing the course, the re-take exam will be oral (15’ preparation and 15’ oral exam) and based on one of the case study taught during the semester.

    The oral final exam will count towards 70% of the final re-take mark. The remaining 30% will be the weighted average of the Case Study and Group Seminars grades. Students can only redo the final exam if they failed the course; they may not retake the exam merely to improve their mark.

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