Human Resource Management - Concepts, Trends and Strategies

15 credits

Effective Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) practice is a critical strategic tool for businesses to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. Strategic aspects of Human Resource Management (SHRM) is increasingly important in organizations. The course investigates the effects of strategic decision-making on human productivity and well-being in organizations. The aim of the course is to increase knowledge of the fundamental requirements for efficient SHRM on different organizational levels. The course also provides conceptual tools for critical analysis of recent developments and future trends in strategic HRM.

Contemporary organizations tend to evolve more and more towards network-based structures, customer-orientation, flexibility and continuous learning. These developments indicate fundamental changes in the very ‘nature’ and content of work, as illustrated by the increase of part-time work, short-term contracts, distance work, work/life-programs, and work-related health promotion. In the larger context of accelerating globalization, the task of ‘managing people at work’ provides great challenges for future HR managers.

Kalmar – the student city by the sea

In Kalmar centre, right next to the sea, you will find the university’s facilities that were inaugurated in August 2021. In Kalmar, everything is nearby, and you can take your bicycle to the university regardless of where you live in the city.

New students have housing guarantee. This means that you are entitled to student accommodation within two months. This is one of the reasons for Kalmar being appointed Student City of the Year 2023 by the Swedish National Union of Students. Kalmar has also received the award because the city offers students an excellent living environment. What is more, the city works actively to create opportunities for students to stay in Kalmar to work when they have completed their studies.

Kalmar municipality has about 70 000 inhabitants. Kalmar has a strong trade and industry with many companies that are on the forefront in green energy, e-commerce, and eHealth, which means there is good opportunity to establish contacts for your future work life.

Kalmar has a cultural history centre and has been named Sweden’s Summer City several times. No wonder, with all the hours of sun, beaches and concerts. What is more, the island of Öland is just one bridge away.

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