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Course module: 202000559
202000559
Human resources, organisational behaviour, law & information
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000559
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. J.G. Meijerink
E-mailj.g.meijerink@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
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Lecturer
dr. D. Babushkina
Lecturer
dr. V.I. Daskalova
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.G. Meijerink
Lecturer
dr. J.G. Meijerink
Lecturer
dr. M. Renkema
Academic year2020
Starting block
2B
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Aims
This module aims at developing students’ knowledge and abilities to analyse HRM practices, organisational behaviours, business law regulations, and information processes for the purpose of improving the performance of an organisation (unit).
Below, we give general learning goals per HOLI discipline:
 
Learning goals
 
At the end of the module, students can:
Closed-book Test Project report
HRM & OB Recognise the impact of contextual factors on HRM and Organisational Behaviour in different types of organizations.  
Discuss the content of three primary HRM activities (work design & workforce planning, managing employee competences, and managing employee attitudes & behaviours) and main Organisational Behaviour theories and insights.  
Use theories and insights from Organisational Behaviour to explain the multilevel (organisational, team and individual-level) impact of the three primary HRM fields on performance.
Uncover the reasons for employee performance in a real-life organisation using insights from HRM and Organizational Behaviour.  
Law Identify sources of legal rights and obligations.  
Describe the significance of legal form, rights and obligations in legal relations and underlying legal regimes, rules, norms and facts, and basics of legal fact-finding and legal design.  
Explain and give examples of how fundamental concepts in labour law, liability (contractual or non-contractual) law, intellectual property law, and regulation (in particular competition law and privacy regulation) matter for the survival and success of businesses.
Uncover the advantages and disadvantages of re-active and pro-active business responses to legal problems for a real-life organization. Discuss the implications of law and regulation for innovation.
Info Detect the opportunities and risks of strategic information technology use for a company.
Develop an enterprise system and e-collaboration for transforming organisational structures, processes and culture.
Apply quality criteria for data to be used for business decision making.
Illustrate elements of internal and external IT infrastructures for organizations.  
Skills
    (Project)
Design a plan for setting up an online labour platform.  
Report about the project in a well-written, well-underpinned and well-structured document.  
Develop design criteria and parameters using concepts from different disciplines  
 
 
 
Content

Imagine yourself to be a business consultant: various firms come for advise on how to improve their business. Their managers ask questions like: how can my firm improve sales; succeed in exceeding customer needs; or ramp up production cycles? Being able to answer these questions requires theoretical knowledge about the management of personnel, knowledge of the effective and cognitive drivers of employee behaviour, legal boundaries and opportunities, and information and its technology. The module Human resources, Organisational behaviour, Law and Information management (HOLI) gives you knowledge about these four important disciplines of Business Administration.

Four HOLI disciplines:
  • Human Resource Management & Organisation Behaviour (HRM & OB) deals with policies and practices for the management of employees and their abilities, motivation and opportunities to be creative, productive and customer-focused. Further, it  considers how current managerial and employee behaviour can be assessed and how opportunities for improving employee and management performance can be identified.
  • Business Law (Law) deals with laws and regulations as both a constraint and facilitator to business practices and suggests that firms can re-actively and pro-actively engage with law for realising a competitive advantage.
  • Information Management (Info) involves both the adoption of IT-based innovations of business processes and the management of information as an organisational asset for achieving organisational objectives.

Academic and professional skills:
Complementary to business domain specific knowledge, high quality business consultants need Academic and Professional Skills (which we shorten here as APS), consisting of:
  • Business & ReflectiveSkills, which in this module focusses on describing business problems in a SMART manner, developing integrative theoretical models and report writing.
Ultimately, knowledge from these business disciplines and APS should allow you to develop a plan for starting a new business. In this module, besides attending lectures and tutorials, you will be invited to conduct a project where you have to draft plans for setting up an online labour platform. In this project, you will design an online labour platform and develop design criteria to evaluate your planned design, using concepts and theories from the HOLI disciplines
For gaining the excellence distinction (HOLI STAR), you are required to gain more in-depth understanding of the methods and techniques used for the different stages of the project.
 
Assumed previous knowledge
IBA modules 1, 2 and 3
Module
Module 4
Participating study
Bachelor International Business Administration
Required materials
Book
Human Resource Management: Lepak, D.P. & Gowan, M. (2008). Human Resource Management: Managing Employees For Competitive Advantage. Pearson: Upper Saddle River, NJ. Note: this book is not available via Stress, but can be acquired online.
Book
Organizational Behavior: Robbins, S.P. & Judge, T. (2014) Essentials of Organizational Behaviour. Pearson: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Book
Business Law: Siedel, G. & Haapio, H. (2010). Proactive Law for Managers: A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage. Gower: Farnham J. Hage and B. Akkermans (Eds), An Introduction to Law (Springer 2014) Note: Booth books are available as ebooks via the UT library.
Course material
Information Management: Wijnhoven, F. (2015). Enabling the Collective Brain for Organizations, third addition. Available via the Canvas site of this course.
Course material
Skills: Selected articles, handouts or book chapters published on the Canvas site.
Course material
HOLI STAR programme: Students may receive additional literature per project step on request
Recommended materials
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Instructional modes
Assessment
Presence dutyYes

Lecture
Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance

Tutorial
Presence dutyYes

Tests
HRM & Organisational Behaviour

Remark
One test session (which can be retaken once) consisting of MC questions (80% ) and open questions (20%)

Business Law

Remark
One test session (which can be retaken once) consisting of MC questions (80%) and open questions (20%)

Information Management

Remark
One test session (which can be retaken once) consisting of open questions

Design an Online Platform Business Model

Remark
One report per group. Should include substantial HRM, OB, Business Laws, IM

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