BALH3100 Strategic Human Resource Management Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Strategic Human Resource Management
Bachelorstudium i administrasjon og ledelse i offentlig virksomhet
Årsstudium i organisasjon og ledelse
Enkeltemner, fakultet for Samfunnvitenskap
Oslo Business School, Exchange Programme
Public Administration and Leadership, Exchange Programme
10 stp.


This course is an introduction to Strategic HRM (Human Resource Management). HRM is critical for the survival of all types of organizations. Strategic HRM includes all activities concerning managing people and work within a company. Good leadership of human resources promotes effectiveness and profits organizations. This course introduces basic theories relevant for HRM, specifically focusing on core activities such as recruitment, performance management, human resource development and the employee-organization relationship. This course also introduces evaluation tools and methods used within the HR field. Strategic HRM will both be discussed and analyzed on an international and national level, with specific issues such as international recruitment and diversity management at the fore.




After completing the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student will have:

  • Broad knowledge about the strategic significance of HRM
  • Broad knowledge concerning relevant HRM activities, specifically recruitment, performance management and human resource development
  • Insight into the different stages within the recruitment process starting from job analysis to hiring procedures
  • Knowledge about systems and methods for performance management and human resource development in organizations
  • Insight into the significance of equal opportunity, managing diversity and international recruitment
  • Insight into how national culture may affect HRM practices
  • Knowledge about methods commonly used to measure human resource and performance development
  • Knowledge about how to conduct employee appraisals and how to utilize appraisals for career development


The student can:

  • Prepare a job analysis and plan the different steps of a recruitment process
  • Interpret different tests commonly used to measure human resource and performance development
  • Actively contribute to the implementation, follow-up and conclusion of a recruitment process
  • Use relevant methods to analyze human resource needs of an organization
  • Use relevant methods to follow-up employees regarding performance and competence development

General competence

The student have

  • Understanding of ethical issues regarding recruitment processes, performance management and career development

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

Teaching methods will include lectures, group work and case studies.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

The following coursework requirements must have been approved in order for the student to take the exam:

In groups, students have to interview a HR professional on different HR issues and topics, such as recruitment and selection, talent management, and career development. Each group will be assigned a different topic. The interviews have to be based on current HRM theory and literature. Groups have to present the results of the interview in class. Each group will be assigned an opponent group. Opponent groups have to prepare discussion questions and lead the in-class discussion.

All required coursework must be completed and approved by the given deadline in order for the student to take the exam. If one or more coursework requirements have not been approved, the student will be given the opportunity to submit an improved version one time by the given deadline.

Vurdering og eksamen

The exam in the course is a home exam over a period of 2 days/48 hours.

The students have to write an individual paper. The exam paper must have a scope of 8 pages. Font and font size: Arial/Calibri 12 points. Line spacing: 1.5.

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen

All aids are permitted, as long as the rules for source referencing are complied with.

Plagiarism will be penalized, so adhere to the university regulation.


Grade scale A-F.


The exam papers are assessed by one internal and one external examiner. At least 25% of the exam papers will be assessed by two examiners. The grades awarded for the papers assessed by two examiners form the basis for determining the level for all the exam papers.