International Semester Programme

SUSTAINABLE HRM, strategies, practices, and challenges

Added value of this programme

In times of disruption, companies need HR-professionals equipped with strategies, practices, and challenges to successfully drive change towards more sustainability. All courses will challenge your way of thinking and acting. In the end you’ll gain a deep understanding of sustainability and how to relate this knowledge to the area of HRM. This is of utmost relevance as the link between sustainability and HRM is not often highlighted in HRM courses. Hence, this minor is unique as it gives you the tools to act as a responsible HR-professional and offers you a lot of experiences to become acquainted with the sustainable way of doing business and of your role as HR-professional.

Predictions are that sustainability becomes the next big topic for Human Resource Management after internationalisation and globalisation. It discusses various aspects of sustainability, such as making HR more responsible for ensuring sustainability focusing on the triple bottom line, characteristics of sustainable HRM, psychological contracts, and capital. During this semester you will also explore organisational citizenship behavior, employment relations, sustainable leadership, sustainable career management, training for sustainability, and sustainable employability, among other topics.

In order to introduce you to the topic of sustainable HRM, this semester is guided by the following questions:

  • What is the importance of sustainability for HRM practice and in what way is sustainability a relevant concept for HRM?
  • What are practical problems supposed to be solved?
  • Which are the key HR activities and topics that have been focused upon the literature linking sustainability and HRM?
  • How can HRM contribute to attracting, developing and retaining highly qualified human resources over time?
  • How can employee engagement be a driving force for sustaining employees?
  • What is the impact of sustainable leadership on organisational transformation.
  • How can a paradox perspective contribute to understanding and coping with paradoxical tensions?
  • How can sustainability be used as a “deliberate strategy” for HRM?
  • What are the blind spots in strategic HRM theory regarding to the issues of sustainability?

The programme is rich, diverse and well-structured. Teachers are sincerely interested in the students and create a warm hosting environment strengthened by a personal approach.