During the Master, I had the compulsory subjects’ Seminar HR Studies’, ‘HR Analytics’, and ‘Organizational Change’. I chose as electives* ‘HRM, Word-design, and Technology’ and ‘International Labor Law and Globalization’. Besides, researching for and writing the Master’s thesis was an essential part of my studies.
In ‘Seminar HR Studies‘ the focus of the 8 lectures and 6 Practicals was on research, theory, and concepts of Human Resource Management to evaluate, discuss and apply them to practical problems so that they can be applied to strategic and operational issues. The differences between macro, meso, and micro levels were also elaborated in detail.
In 7 lectures and an extensive project in ‘Organizational Change‘, all aspects that are essential before, during, and after a company’s change were illuminated and elaborated in detail. This included all stakeholders as well as company setup and structuring, processes and procedures, and responsibilities. The evaluation, the selection of appropriate mechanisms and methods, communication, and relationship management were taught in-depth.
The practical application of statistics and the answering of business questions were taught in ‘HR Analytics‘ (4 lectures and 8 practices) which one has to answer as a People Analyst. Questions were answered such as: ‘How high is the loyalty of our employees?’, ‘Do we meet the requirements concerning gender issues?’, ‘Where are our top performers?’, ‘Where and how do we find them?’, ‘When do employees/future managers leave the company?’, ‘Through which channel do the most highly qualified candidates apply? ‘, ‘What influence does Training X have on the participants’ performance?’, ‘How has customer loyalty developed?’, ‘Which events/actions are important for employee/customer loyalty?’ In some cases, we broke down these questions to locations, departments, and teams or analyzed the data before and after an intervention.
In the elective subject ‘HRM, Word-design, and Technology‘, rapid technological development was discussed, how it affects workplace design, work processes, and employees. – 7 lectures and 6 tutorials.
In the 11 lectures of the elective ‘International Labor Law and Globalization‘, international legal standards (binding and voluntary), IFAs (International Framework Agreements), CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), and CoC (Code of Conduct) concerning labor law and social law as well as the international organizations (ILO, UN, OECD, Council of Europe, NAFTA) and the underlying mechanisms and actors were examined. The core conventions, as well as the ILO declarations and recommendations, were presented in detail. Besides, sustainability and human rights were discussed to get an overall picture of the international legal situation and see it in relation to globalization.
More information about my ‘Master Thesis‘ can be found here.
*Other electives were: ‘International Human Resource Management’, ‘Compensation and Benefits’, ‘Social Innovation’, ‘Positive Psychology Interventions in Organizations’, ‘Active Aging at Work’, ‘Performance Management’, ‘Human Resource Development’, ‘Leadership and organization’, and ‘Leadership perspectives on HRM’.
Although some subjects were already known to me from my bachelor studies, it was tough for me to choose the electives because I was only allowed to take a certain number of electives, two or three (depending on the ECTS of the subject). Especially `Compensation and Benefits’, ‘Positive Psychology Interventions in Organizations’, as well as ‘International Human Resource Management’ and ‘Performance Management’, had fascinating contents.