Socio-economic Trends and HR Management

• Socio-economic developments and processes from a regional, national and international perspective • Environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability • Sustainability of HR Management (evironmental, economic and social dimensions) • Societal and ethical legitimacy of companies • Work 4.0 (focus on agility & strategy) • Expectations of employees with regard to the (new) world of work • HRM: current state of the digital transformation

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Kirschten, U. (2017): Nachhaltiges Personalmanagement: Aktuelle Konzepte, Innovationen und Unternehmensentwicklung. Konstanz: UVK Verlagsgesellschaft. Werther, S., Bruckner L. (Hrsg) (2018): Arbeit 4.0 aktiv gestalten: Die Zukunft der Arbeit zwischen Agilität, People Analytics und Digitalisierung. Berlin: Springer Wörwag, S., Cloots A. (Hrsg.) (2020): Human Digital Work – Eine Utopie? Wiesbaden: Springer Gabler. Fürst, R. (Hrsg.) (2019): Gestaltung und Management der digitalen Transformation: Ökonomische, kulturelle, gesellschaftliche und technologische Perspektiven. Wiesbaden: Springer, AKAD University Edition

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended learning (combination of classroom teaching and 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



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



1 WS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, the students can • explain the fundamental socio-economic developments in regional, national and international contexts and their meaning for HR Management • describe the different dimensions of sustainability and current challenges for a sustainable HR Management and name the fields of competence of a sustainable and forward-looking personnel management • explain the impact of personnel management on social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability in connection with the increasing societal pressure of companies to demonstrate legitimacy • identify current trends and challenges with the focus on digitalisation in HR Management and describe their possible impact on the world of work

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