Basic Theories in HR Management

• Theory, practice, empiricism, meaning and functions of theory • Processes and stages of development of HR Management (from HR administration to the (digital) design of the world of work) • Goals and stakeholders of HR Management • Interfaces and relations of HR Management to different areas of organisations • Impact/outcome of HR Management on/for internal areas and external environments • Theoretical perspectives on HR Management with regard to the concept of employment relations • Models and instruments of strategic HR Management

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Boxall, P. & Purcell, J. (2017). Strategy and Human Resource Management (4th edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Bratton, J.& Gold, J. (2017). Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice (6th edition). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Storey, J., Wright, P., Ulrich, D. (eds.) (2018). The Routledge Companion to Strategic Human Resource Management. London: Routledge Wilkinson, A., Bacon N., Snell, S., Lepak, D. (eds.) (2019). The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management. London: Sage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended learning (classroom teaching, online, guest lectures), one-minute papers, discussions in small groups, online votings, online quizzes, learning videos

Assessment methods and criteria

Final written exam

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Digital HR & angewandtes Arbeitsrecht



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Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, the students can • distinguish between theory, practice and empiricism and explain the scientific and practical meaning of theories in general and with regard to HR Management • describe development processes and stages of HR Management (from HR administration to the (digital) design of the world of work) • identify the main stakeholders in HR Management and at the interfaces of HR Management and outline their roles with regard to HR Management • explain and critically reflect on theoretcical perspectives on HR Management, especially with regard to operational working relationships and social exchange relationships • compare approaches of strategic HR Management and their impact on organisations and employees and describe the roles of HR Management • describe the economic and social goals of HRM and critically reflect on/explain the connection between these goals

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