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Course module: 194120140
HRM, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Course infoSchedule
Course module194120140
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A.C. Bos-Nehles
dr. A.C. Bos-Nehles
Contactperson for the course
dr. A.C. Bos-Nehles
Academic year2014
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to have competences to:

-       Know the latest developments in the academic and practical field of HRM and its effect on innovation and entrepreneurship

-       Acquirein-depth knowledge on the relationship between HRM, innovation and entrepreneurship

-       Understandhow HRM can develop innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour

-       Identify similarities and differences between articles according to theoretical foundations and assumptions, measurements and outcomes

-       Assess whether HRM practices and HRM systems are in line with the innovation and/or entrepreneurial objectives of an organization

-       Write a scientifically sound research proposal
Course description

This course is designed to develop knowledge, skills and understanding on (research into) the relationship between HRM and innovation and HRM and entrepreneurship. We start with an exploration of different theories of HRM and will then explore how HRM policies and practices affect firm performance, innovation and entrepreneurship. Thereby we will also discover how organizations foster innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour. After acquiring theoretical knowledge on these topics, we will discuss the influence of HRM on innovation and entrepreneurship with two HR managers in SME companies.


Students’ attendance is mandatory and they are encouraged to actively participate in the course. There are 8 classes scheduled of 2 hours each. In class we have lectures, presentations by students and guests as well as plenary discussions. We will work in small workgroups. For each class, groups will be asked to prepare the meeting by reading selected articles. Students need to be prepared to give a presentation (in groups) or act as a referent group to lead and start the discussion afterwards. Each group needs to prepare three assignments during the course.

Key words

Strategic HRM, SMEs, HRM and Innovation, HRM and entrepreneurship, innovative and entrepreneurial behavior, work design


-       Average grade of three group assignment counts 40% of the final grade

-       Individual research proposal should score a 6 or higher and counts 60% of the final grade

The individual research proposals are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

-       Research topic that fits the content of this course

-       Theoretical and practical relevance of the topic

-       Motivated research problem and research question

-       Use of relevant theories for the argumentation towards the research question

-       Development of the research question into thorough hypotheses and research model

-       Suitable research design to investigate the research question

-       First test of the research model and hypotheses in one case company

Knowledge integration with other courses

HRM and Organizational Development (184120100)
Assumed previous knowledge
Basic knowledge on HRM is desired
Required materials
Course material
The course is based on scientific articles, a list of mandatory and suggested readings will be provided.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


Eindopdracht/ Groepsopdracht Weging : 60% / 40%

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