Current Trends in Digital HR Management and Labour Law

The contents of the course focus on current questions related to HR Management. They can, for example, include the following topics: • Ethical dilemma, goal and role conflicts in HR Management and their individual labour law-related implications (e.g. fiduciary duties, confidentiality obligations) • Classical and current HR business models and labour law-related obstacles or facilitation during the implementation • Digital capability maturity models and assessment approach in the revised European Social Charter and the European Pillar of Social Rights • Further specific teaching contents related to current topics of digital HR Management and labour law, in connection with research and Master thesis topics (e.g. shareholder vs. stakeholder value, output vs. outcome of HR services, (digital) diversity and internationalisation, dissolution of time, place and contents in the employment contract, flexibility in the employment contract, altered accepted standards and related expectations in the employment contract)

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Appel W., Wahler, M. (Hrsg.) (2018): Die digitale HR-Organisation. Personalwirtschaft. Fischer, S., Häusling, A. (Hrsg.) (2020): Der Weg zur agilen HR-Organisation. Haufe Schwuchow, K. / Gutmann, J. (Hrsg.) (2020) HR-Trends 2020: Agilität, Arbeit 4.0, Analytics, Prozesse. Haufe Lutz D., Risak M. (Hrsg) (2017). Arbeit in der Gig-Economy. Rechtsfragen neuer Arbeitsformen in Crowd und Cloud. Wien: ÖGB Verlag. Pacic H. (2020). Arbeits- und Sozialrecht. Rechtsgrundsätze der Sozialstaatlichkeit. 3. Auflage. Wien: NWV.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended learning (classroom teaching and online), excursions, research in small groups, presentations, consultation of experts, literature research, informal research, networking, participation in (online) events, video presentations, virtual presentations, peer feedback and peer reviews

Assessment methods and criteria

Assessment of the quality of the students’ assignments and presentations; written assignment dealing with a selected problem field

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules Strategic and Sustainable HR Management; HRM & (Digital) HR Practices I; Fundamentals of Organisation, Change & Transformation; Fundamentals of Applied Labour Law; HRM and Digitalisation: Ethics, Sustainability and Societal Impact; HRM & (Digital) HR Practices II; HR Process Analysis, Redesign & Automation; Applied Change & Transformation; Selected Topics of Applied Labour Law I; Scientific Methods; Applied HR Analytics


Degree programme

Digital HR & angewandtes Arbeitsrecht



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



3 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, the students can • plan and realise alternative forms of information-gathering with special regard to guidelines concerning data protection laws, personality rights and works constitution laws; process and present the results afterwards • describe current trends and challenges of digital HR Management and labour law • formulate questions for sustainable digital HR Management and the related legal challenges • research, process and present the current state of the scientific literature and the state-of-the-art implementation in practice related to these questions

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