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Learning Objectives


The course will provide students with an overview of the human resource management factors that contribute to business excellence. This is possible through the integration of different perspectives, which also come from disciplines others than those related specifically to business administration and management. This is in line with objectives of the whole program of studies, which aims to the comprehensive understanding of managerial and operative choices to be used within an organizational context.
In this course, students will have an opportunity to work with, study and explore human resource theories and practices in modern companies.

At the end of this course the student should be able to:

- Acquire and demonstrate a good understanding of the general concepts related to human resource management, with a specific focus on individual dynamics;
- Understand the universalistic and contingency approaches and apply them to the main HR strategies and practices;
- Handle the theories and concepts related to the core functions of Human Resource Management;

- Apply theories related to the individuals and to the organizational context to real-file situation, such as actual and/or future working position, recruiting and selection announcements, and participation in group works;
- Apply theories related to HRM systems and to explain how HRM helps to create successful organizations;

- Evaluate personal and organizational contingencies, assess critical success factor, and formulate strategies apt to improve personal working conditions (actual and/or future);
- Make critical judgements about the fit between people management strategies, individual differences and business strategies;

- Analyse and elaborate case studies;
- Present theoretical concepts and make logic connections among them in a rapid way.




The study route is divided into 4 different sections (for both attending and not attending students):
Section I : Conceiving People as Strategic Resource;
Section II : Securing Effective Employees;
Section III : Improving Employee Performance;
Section IV : Motivating and Managing Employees.


Stewart & Brown. Human Resource Management: Linking Strategy to Practice, Wiley & Sons, 1st Edition, January 2009. ISBN - 13: 9780471717515.
During the course, cases will be discussed from the textbook by Stewart & Brown.
Other learning sources: Slides and other material will be available under the course web site.


For each topic included in the program, one or more reference sheets are made available to students, containing all the information and teaching resources necessary for the preparation of the exam (formative objectives, lesson contents, conceptual maps, bibliography and web sites).
After each lecture, the pertinent slides will be added on the faculty website.

Teaching methods

The course employs a mix of teaching methods. The traditional frontal lecture is done with the support of slides and there is a strong stimulus to the active participation with questions and opinions directed to the students. In addition to that, the course adds in-class discussion of groupworks.

Exam Rules

The course will be assessed through a written exam. During the course, it will be possible to acquire extra bonus points through the elaboration of case studies. Groupworks are mandatory to pass the exam.
The exam will be done through open questions on concepts, in order to verify the level of understanding and logical connections and elaboration. The groupworks focus on verifying the ability to elaborate case studies and to apply knowledge learnt and give suggestion. Furthermore, the writing skills to express coherently and properly will be assessed.
The examination will be graded according to the following criteria:

Ineligible: major deficiencies and/or inaccuracies in knowledge and understanding of topics; limited ability to analyze and synthesize; frequent generalizations and limited critical and judgmental skills; topics are stated inconsistently and with inappropriate language;

18-20: Barely sufficient knowledge and understanding of topics with possible generalizations and imperfections; sufficient skills of analysis synthesis and autonomy of judgment, topics are expounded frequently inconsistently and with inappropriate/technical language;

21-23: Routine knowledge and understanding of topics; Ability to analyze and synthesize correctly with sufficiently coherent logical argumentation and appropriate/technical language

24-26: Fair knowledge and understanding of topics; Good analytical and synthesis skills with arguments expressed rigorously but with language not always appropriate/technical.

27-29: Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of topics; considerable ability to analyze and synthesize. Good autonomy of judgment. Topics expounded rigorously and with appropriate/technical language

30-30L: Excellent level of thorough knowledge and understanding of topics. Excellent skills of analysis, synthesis and autonomy of judgment. Arguments expressed in an original manner and with appropriate technical language.