Human Resource Management

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Economics, Human Resources, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Principles of business administration
    Organizational behaviour

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Knowledge-based competences:

    - Learn and identify the basics of Strategic human resource management
    - Learn the relationships between Strategic Human Resource management and the remainder functions in the company.
    - Learn the role of Human Resource Direction as strategic parner of the firm.
    - Learn the key contingency factors relevant for the implementation of policies and strategies of effective human resource management
    - Learn the various alternatives in specific Human resource policies (e.g. selection, training, ect.) and their relative advantages and disadvantages.
    - Learn that some aspectec of human resource management are not evident and need a profound analysis and specific knowledge.

    - Ability to take advantage of a text book as a didactic tool
    - Ability to critically analyze the alternatives in human resource management.
    - Ability to take decisions based on human resource management and forsee its possible secondary effects.
    - Ability to team working


    - Conceptual and intellectual effort
    - Inclination towards based and profound analysis
    - Active participation
    - Iniciative


    1. Strategic Role of Human Resource Management (HRM)
    2. Recruitment and Selection
    3. Training and Development
    4. Performance Management
    5. Compensation and Incentives
    6. International HRM


    Methodology is composed of three broad issues:
    1. Magistral classes, with support on specialised text books and readings, through which theoretical frameworks will eb presented in order for students to focus on the different aspects of Human resource management and their functions in the context of organizations. During the Magistral classes, students will have to make some group presentations.
    2. Case-method approach, whereby issued related with human resource management in real organizations will be presented. Such cases will stimulate students to employ the theory learned in magistral classes as framework of analysis and interpretation to search for solutions.
    3. Teachers will be available for students at the office. The last wee of the semester will be
    dedicated to tutorials in order for students to ask doubts and address the final examen with re adequate preparation.


    Evaluation will be based on the following elements:

    - Written exam (composed of a multiple choices test and open questions)
    - Written exercises (team reports)

    % end-of-term-examination: 60
    % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals?): 40

    - Bonache, J. y Cabrera, Á. Dirección de personas , FT Prentice Hall: Madrid., 2006 (2ª edición).
    - Dolan, S.L., Valle Cabrera, R., Jackson, S.E. y Schuler, R.S. La gestión de los recursos humanos. Cómo atraer, retener y desarrollar con éxito el capital humano en tiempos de transformación, McGraw-Hill: Aravaca (Madrid)., 2007 (3ª edición).
    - Caligiuri, P., Lepak, D. y Bonache, J. (2010). Managing the global workforce,, ohn Wiley & Sons: Ltd.,
    Chichester, United Kingdom., 2010

    - Baron, J. N. y Kreps, D. M. Strategic human resources. Frameworks for general managers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1999
    - Lepak, D. y Gowan, M. Human Resource Management. Managing employees for competitive advantage, Pearson: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2010
    - Caligiuri, P., Lepak, D. y Bonache, J. (2010). Managing the global workforce, John Wiley & Sons: Ltd.,
    Chichester, United Kingdom, 2010

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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