Course code AOS338

AOS338 Strategic HRM

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2020 - 2021 .

Course responsible: Nicolay Andre Melsæter Worren
Teachers: Flemming Ulrik Meisner
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.  Note that the course is not offered  spring 2021.
Course frequency: Annually.  Note that the course is not offered spring 2021.
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Last time: 2020V
Preferential right:
M-ØA og M-ECON, M-IndØk.
Course contents:
Overview of different perspectives on Human Resource Management and the connection to the strategy of the organization. Introduction to the influence of HRM-perspectives on how central HRM-processes, such as employee development, recruitment and selection, rewards and performance management, are executed in practice. Knowledge about how to organize the HRM-department and how HRM-theory can be implemented in practice. Development of specific HRM-interventions to solve practical challenges.
Learning outcome:


  • Explain central HRM-perspectives and their consequences for practice
  • Discuss dualities and opposing positions in HRM
  • Apply relevant research on selected areas in HRM
  • Explain selected methodological challenges for research on HRM


  • Be able to evaluate assumptions related to key concepts/frameworks/theories, as well as identify similarities, differences and linkages across different concepts/frameworks/theories related to HRM
  • Be able to describe and analyze practical HRM-challenges from an academic approach meaning in the light of concepts, frameworks and theories from the academic literature
  • Be able to suggest an approach to resolve key HRM challenges using course concepts, frameworks and methods from the academic literature
  • Be able to relate critically to weaknesses in choices of theory and solutions
  • Be able to work effectively in a group that is responsible for a common deliverable
  • Be able to present and discuss ideas and concepts verbally to a group in an appropriate way
  • Be able to describe and critique ideas and concepts related to this topic in writing using effective language

General competences

  • Awareness of challenges relating to the application of theory in practice situations
  • Knowledge of generic concepts supporting the analysis of practice situations in the social sciences
Learning activities:
Lectures, group work, cases, and exercises. Active participation is expected. 

Complete curriculum is announced on Canvas

Primary textbook: Strategisk HRM 1, 2. utgave, av Aslaug Mikkelsen og Thomas Laudal (red.)

Bachelor degree or equivalent. 
Recommended prerequisites:
One or more social science courses. 
Mandatory activity:

One group assignment that counts for 30 % of the total grade and an individual written exam, 3 hours, that counts for 70 % of the total grade. All written materials are allowed for the individual written exam.

Both the group assignment and the individual written exam must be passed to pass the course. The grade for the group assignment is only valid in the semester it is handed in.

There are no opportunity to re-sit either of the two components of the exam. 

Nominal workload:
150 hours.
Reduction of credits:
5 credits overlap with AOS331.
The course will not be offered spring 2021.
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