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Bachelor classes, summer term

Lecture (in German only): Wissenschaftstheorie (3 ECTS)
„Wissenschaftstheorie“ ist eine Vorlesung im Umfang von 2 Semesterwochenstunden (3 ECTS-Punkte). Sie wird im zweiten Semester des Bachelorstudiums BWL gelesen. Mit der Veranstaltung sollen ein Verständnis wissenschaftstheoretischer Grundlagen und eine Basis für die fundierte Diskussion praktischer Probleme geschaffen werden. Interaktion ist gewünscht und wird vorausgesetzt: Von den Studierenden wird eine aktive Vor- und Nachbereitung der Vorlesung ebenso wie aktive Beteiligung im Rahmen der Vorlesung erwartet.
Lecture: People & Organizations (3 ECTS)
One of the most powerful ideas in the social sciences is that individuals are connected to one another through networks of social relations. Research and practice have demonstrated how social networks – not to be confused with social media – are crucial in determining the effectiveness of information flows in organizations, the dynamics of individual careers and internal labor markets, the structure of coordination and collaboration within and across organizational boundaries. This course introduces the conceptual and practical tools that define the field of social network analysis (SNA) and its application to organizations and human resource management (HRM). Some of the main analytical areas discussed include centrality, community detection, brokerage, closure and small worlds. Substantive topics covered include how networks affect behavior, performance, job satisfaction and career prospects of people within organizations. Contemporary network research is unique in that its methodological tools derive directly from practical as well as theoretical concerns. For this reason, class time is allocated equally to methodological and substantive issues, with each substantive topic tied to specific analytical strategies to be conducted in a computer lab. Practical examples and in-depth case studies will be presented, analyzed and discusses in class, in order to unveil how organizations achieve strategic outcomes through the creation, use, and evaluation of social network analysis.
Lecture/Tutorials: HRM Basics (6 ECTS)
This course offers a basic introduction to Human Resource Management. It covers practical as well as scientific topics of current HRM thinking. It is organized around a strategic approach of management and organization science. As such, the organization, its environment, and their interactions serve as the basis of HRM execution. Our idea of HRM takes an agent based approach and puts value creation through good people management center stage.

The course takes an interactive format. Discussions with students and group works are important components of the course. As such, students are expected to be prepared for class and to actively participate. While the lectures provide mostly theoretical inputs, the tutorials aim at deepening and applying these issues to the practical field. Students will receive preparatory materials for both the lectures (mostly readings from scientific journals) and the tutorials (mostly Q&A sheets relating the tutorials to the prior lectures).

Participation is recommended for all students wishing to specialize in human resource topics in their further course of study. The course is also beneficial to those who wish to prepare for a term paper or thesis at the Institute.

Main Seminar: Current Topics in HRM (6 ECTS)

The seminar is offered every semester with a focus on current and seminal topics in strategic human resource management. Amongst others, seminar topics are pay transparency and its effect both on employer and employees, pay and performance management, talent management and the overarching topic of match quality and its dynamic development. Participants can select one of the offered topics and write their individual seminar thesis (processing time: 4 weeks).

As an introduction, the kick-off events in the first week discuss general requirements of scientific work which are put into practice by students. The completion of the seminar qualifies for the possibility to write a thesis at the Institute of Human Capital Management.

Information on the application procedure can be found here:

The application period for the winter term 2021/22 is from 17th to 30th of November2021!

Seminar: Staffing--Recruitment and Hiring (6 ECTS)
Good employees are the drivers of organizational success, however the labor market is get-ting tighter - it becomes increasingly important for organizations to develop excellent recruitment and selection processes. Staffing is therefore no longer viewed as just one of the administrative functions of HRM, but as a strategic tool with wide ranging implications for organizational success. In this course we are going to investigate the topic of staffing in detail. You will gain insight into both theoretical as well as empirical underpinnings of the topic. The course is held in an interactive form. Starting with a general overview of the recruitment process, we will consider the following questions:
  • Why is staffing important?
  • How does matching take place?
  • Which instruments are used in the selection process and how can their quality be assessed empirically?
  • Which employment laws and regulations exist and why?
  • How can the staffing process be evaluated?
Thesis Colloquium

Thesis Colloquiums (Bachelor and Master of Science) are on every first Monday of a month from 12.00-14.00h in room 006 (office Prof. Weller), Schackstraße 4.

Currently all colloquiums take place online via Zoom. The dates will be coordinated with your supervisor.