HRM and Digitalisation: Ethics, Sustainability and Societal Impact

• Impact of digitalisation on the labour market, labour organisations and individuals (sociological, economic and psychological approaches) • Reorganisation of work processes, rationalisation, automation • Substitutability of employees and qualifications • Social inequalities • New forms of employment • Control and surveillance • Co-creation • Dissolution of boundaries • Economic, environmental and social sustainability • Data protection and personality rights • Interests of stakeholders, societal responsibility and sustainability • Development potential of HRM roles

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Edgell and Granter (2019). The Sociology of Work: Continuity and Change in Paid and Unpaid Work. LA: SAGE Publishing. Edgell (2015). The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Work and Employment. LA: SAGE Publishing. Schörpf/Schönauer/Flecker (2018). Entwicklungstrends digitaler Arbeit. FORBA Forschungsbericht im Auftrag der AK. Carbonero et al. (2018). Robots wordlwide: The impact of automation on employment and trade. ILO Working Paper. Balliester et al. (2018). The future of work: A literature review. ILO Working Paper. Additional current literature (scientific newspaper articles) will be announced in the course

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Presentations, discussions, written reflection, blended learning, self-organised learning

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment and final written exam

Prerequisites and co-requisites



Degree programme

Digital HR & angewandtes Arbeitsrecht



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, the students can • name and critically reflect on the impact of digitalisation on the labour market, labour organisations and individuals • critically read literature in the area of labour market sociology/work psychology • identify, name and present topics, problems and positions related to matters of ethics, sustainability and society • reflect on the roles and responsibilities of HR Management in the context of digital transformation and name future challenges for the design of HRM

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