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Research seminar ''Data-driven Business Research in HR''

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
2 year, 1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


The seminars are focused on helping students to start and form a master's thesis on wide range of topics from HR management. The seminars are intended for students enrolled in the track “People Analytics”. The aim of this seminar is to support students in building their individual learning trajectories and defining individual educational outcomes. In particular, the tutor provides students with recommendations regarding the master’s thesis preparation.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a relevant literature
  • To know how to design a research: identify a research problem and question, set clear research purpose, put forward hypotheses
  • to choose appropriate research methods, collect and analyze data
  • To obtain an empirical evidence and evaluate critically results
  • To draw conclusions, provide discussion of the research results
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to discuss and reproduce different HR concepts and theories, be able to find relations between them and analyze them
  • A student compares research design
  • A student knows the history of the discipline and subfields
  • Analyze the relationship between HR practices and their outcomes for the individual and the organization
  • Be able to apply modern trends of HR sphere to the ongoing research project
  • Be able to analyze the literature from open sources and make conclusions applicable for the research project
  • Be able to develop the percpective topic for the research project
  • Be able to assess the problem of the field
  • Be able to compare the results in group discussion and fairly assess them
  • To be able to know key theories from HR filed
  • To be able to work with databases/open sources for construction of LR
  • To be able to plan methodology choices
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introductory part
  • Topic orientation
  • Research objective
  • Theories and concepts of HR field
  • Building argumentation
  • Methodology
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Analysis of cases
    Interim assignments made in class connected with research questions, topic formulation, articles for the analysis
  • non-blocking Written assignments
    Written assignments: trends essay, forms for discusssion, data-base work, scenarios
  • non-blocking Visual power set
    Submission of key visuals from the seminars (cognitive map, conceptual model, mind map, ontology)
  • non-blocking Final presentation
    Final presentation that consists of: Topic formulation & purpose of the research RQs & their justification Aim & objectives Primary literature review Visual strength & involvement
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0.3 * Analysis of cases + 0.2 * Final presentation + 0.1 * Visual power set + 0.4 * Written assignments


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • A handbook of human resource management practice, Armstrong, M., 2006
  • An introduction to human resource management, Bloisi, W., 2007
  • Ayentimi, D. T., Burgess, J., & Brown, K. (2018). A conceptual framework for international human resource management research in developing economies. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 56(2), 216–237. https://doi.org/10.1111/1744-7941.12132
  • Gordon Rugg, & Marian Petre. (2007). A Gentle Guide to Research Methods. Open University Press.
  • Khilji, S. E., & Wang, X. (2006). “Intended” and “implemented” HRM: the missing linchpin in strategic human resource management research. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17(7), 1171–1189. https://doi.org/10.1080/09585190600756384
  • Management of Organizational Behvior: Leading Human Resources, Hersey, P., 2013
  • Sreejesh, S., Anusree, M. R., & Mohapatra, S. (2014). Business Research Methods : An Applied Orientation. Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=621472
  • The Blackwell encyclopedia of management: Volumes 1 - 12. Vol.5: Human resource management, ,

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Academic ecounters. Human behavior: listening, note taking, discussion, Espeseth, M., 2004
  • Academic ecounters. Human behavior: reading, study skills, writing, Seal, B., 2004
  • Contemporary human resource management: text and cases, Redman, T., 2006