Track People Management for Global Social Challenges

The track ‘People management for global social challenges’ gives you a different perspective on Sustainable Development based on the theories and methods pertinent to this discipline. This specialization address societal challenges from the point of view of workforce and labor market.

  • The course “Social Changes and Sustainable Development” introduces large socio-demographic changes and the framework of sustainable development; particular emphasis for this curriculum will be on drivers and consequences for the workforce, such as gender inequities, youth unemployment, population ageing and hence the inequalities in labor participation of different age groups.

  • During the HR seminar, you’ll be focusing on the meaning of Strategic HRM and the balance between work and well-being in the context of work by addressing global social issues.
  • The course “HR analytics” addresses how to calculate the cost of HR problems (e.g., absenteeism and turnover) and will prepare you for your master’s thesis by teaching you how to develop testable models that are based on theory.
  • The course “Organizational Change” addresses the question how to manage organizational change, which is necessary when addressing organizational action towards complex social issues. Inherent dynamics for leadership, motivation and labor participation will be considered, and a micro-founded perspective on change for sustainable development will emerge.
  • The course “Hybrid Organizations” combines these perspectives into specific organizational forms: hybrid organizations, which both in the profit and the non-profit sector are active to complement (and fill the void of) governmental action to address complex social problems. Aspects of volunteerism, increasing professionalization of social ventures, business ethics and balancing between corporate and philanthropic models will be analyzed.
  • The Master’s thesis will focus on a GMSI-related topic.

Program track People Management for Global Social Challenges (60 ECTS)

The one-year program of the GMSI track People management for global social challenges consists of 60 ECTS, divided into four units from the end of August to the end of June.

Unit 1: End of August – October

Unit 2: End of October – January

 Unit 3: End of January – March

 Unit 4: End of March – June

Department of Human Resource Studies

The Department of Human Resource Studies is known for her research and teaching expertise in:

  •  Labor participation of different age groups
    • An important social challenges is to increase the participation rate of older employees in a context of decreasing demand for older employees. Research in this field investigates how to find for example a balance retaining valuable experience and labor costs.
  • Labor participation of women
    • The underrepresentation of women at the top of organizations is a persistent problem. This problem has been studied intensively and several policy recommendations have been proposed. Also, interesting phenomena in developing countries can be covered, for instance considering the role of female entrepreneurship in economic development.
  •  Participation/voice/legitimacy, in the light of individualization and declining union density.
  •  Challenges of cooperation in diverse cultures/teams
  • Balancing issues of fairness and legitimacy among a multitude of stakeholders with diverging interests
  • Occupational health (the decent work agenda of the International Labor Organization)

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