Human resource management in the public sector

This course gives an introduction into scope, key concepts and current challenges of Human Resource Management in a public sector context. It takes a practical view that integrates the contributions of the behavioural sciences with the technical aspects of implementing the Human Resource function in the "real world." Specific HR techniques are discussed in a balanced way and from different viewpoints, in addition to broader behavioural aspects such as team/group dynamics and organizational decision making, in order to avoid non-critical and/or mechanical interpretations of their meaning and utility.

Students learn to understand human resource management policies and techniques and how they are related to organizational performance. The course gives an overview of practical challenges and experiences with various HR functions and issues such as job analysis, job profiles, recruitment and selection, motivation, performance appraisals and training and development. 

The course is based on a combination of different formats such as lecture, case studies, small clips, exercises, group discussions/presentations and sessions with HRM practitioners to share and discuss their professional experiences.