Course code VadZ5094

Credit points 3

Human Resource Management

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours57

Date of course confirmation20.12.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Business and Management Science

Course developer

author Uzņēmējdarbības un vadībzinātnes institūts

Lāsma Līcīte-Ķurbe

Dr. oec.

Course abstract

Students get an in-depth knowledge of the essence, functions and methods of human resource management in an organisation. Students build up an understanding of the role and processes of human resource management and are able to elaborate and assess a strategy for human resource management to achieve the goals of the organisation more effectively.
The aim of the study course is to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in human resource management in order to effectively develop, implement and assess human resource management strategy in the organization.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students will be able to:
• Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the functions and methods of and trends in human resource management – case study, discussion, group work.
• Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of human resource management processes in an organisation – independent work (presentation), case study.
Professional skills
• Draw up and assess a human resource strategy for an organisation – independent work (presentation), situation analysis.
• Do necessary activities in human resource management based on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired – independent work (presentation), role game, analysis of situation.
Soft skills
• Independently apply theory, research methods and problem-solving skills – independent work (presentation), case study and discussion.
• Find, critically assess and creatively use information for performing a task and finding solution – independent work (presentation), case study, group works and discussion.
• Cooperate and communicate with others – group works, case study.
• Define and come up with solutions to human resource management problems, substantiate the solutions and identify the causes of the problem – independent work (presentation), case study and group work.

• Able to use a variety of methods and skills to develop and manage the human resource strategy in an organisation – independent work (presentation).

Course Content(Calendar)

Lectures (12 hours)
1. The essence, functions and tasks of human resource management. The place of human resources and division of skills in business (1 hour)
2. Historical and philosophical development of human resources and its importance nowadays (1 hour)
3. Tendencies and challenges with human resources – political, social, economic and technological challenges in human resource management. Robots and artificial intelligence in entrepreneurship (2 hours)
4. Challenges with different generations in companies. Characteristics of traditionalists, baby boomers, X, Y and Z generations, their values and expectations in companies. Challenges with different generations (1 hour)
5. Culture of organisation, elements of organisation culture and its impact on employee performance. Values of the company (1 hour)
6. Elaboration and implementation of human resource strategy in companies. Methods and tools for defining and implementing a human resources strategy. The role of human resource manager in the organization (1 hour)
7. Planning, recruitment and selection of human resources. Job interviews. Innovative tools in human resource recruitment and selection – online interviews, chatbots, video applications (2 hours)
8. Motivation and performance measurement of human resources (1 hour)
9. Team building and management in companies, ways of team consolidation. Reasons of ineffective teams. Behavioural styles and elasticity (1 hour)
10. Opportunities of socionics for managing human resources. Application of socionics in selection, motivation and team building of human resources (1 hour)
Practical tasks (12 h)
1. Discussion: importance of resources and their functions nowadays (1 hour)
2. Group work: PEST analysis of factors influencing human resources in company (1 hour)
3. Group work: portrait of Y and X generation employee. The challenges of managing these generations in organizations (1 hour)
4. Case study: human resource management problems and the causes at enterprise X (1 hour)
5. Role game: Simulation of a job interview (1 hour)
6. Situation analysis on the involvement of employees in the work – challenges and opportunities (1 hour)
7. Situation analysis: analysis of team work and solutions how to make effective team work (1 hour)
8. Test: behavioral styles (1 hour)
9. Flexibility test of employees (1 hour)
10. Test: Determination of socionic types (1 hour)

11. Independent work (presentation): characteristics and an assessment of a human resource strategy for a chosen organisation (2 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

The final grade consists of the cumulative assessment of study results (100 points), which depends on the assessment of both independent works:
• Case study: human resource management problems and the causes at enterprise X – 40 points.
• Independent work: the presentation of characteristics and an assessment of a human resource strategy for a chosen organisation – 60 points.

All practical tasks have to be completed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

• Case study: human resource management problems and the causes at enterprise X – 40 points.
• Independent work: the presentation of characteristics and an assessment of a human resource strategy for a chosen organisation – 60 points.

A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The assessment of the study course depends on the assessment of both independent works – a score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale
Independent works are assessed in accordance with the assessment procedure established in the independent work.

Compulsory reading

1. Darba likums: LR likums. Pieņemts: 20.06.2001. Stājas spēkā 01.06.2002. Pieejams:
2. Krause H., Arora S. Key Performance Indicators for Sustainable Management. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2020. 372 p.
3. Bondaruk T., Olivas-Luján M. R. Human Resource Management, Social Innovation and Technology. Bingley: Emerald, 2014. 250 p. E-grāmata pieejama LLU tīklā ar LLU IS (E-studiju) konta parolēm datubāzē EBSCO eBook Academic Collection
4. MacQueen J. The Flow of Organizational Culture. New Thinking and Theory for Better Understanding and Process. 1st ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2021. p. 203.
5. Vorončuka I. Personāla vadība: teorija un prakse. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2009. 399 lpp.

6. Ešenvalde I. Personāla vadības mūsdienu metodes. Rīga: Merkūrijs LAT, 2008. 349 lpp.

Further reading

1. Boitmane I. Personāla atlase un novērtēšana. Rīga: Lietišķās informācijas dienests, 2006. 160 lpp.
2. Zīlīte L. Personāla vadība un socionika. Rīga: Turība Biznesa Augstskola SIA, 2013. 304 lpp.
3. Daliba I. Kā rekrutēt veiksmīgāk. Rīga: Mansards, 2017. 158 lpp.
4. Human Resource Management. University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing edition, 2016. [skatīts 03.01.2022.] Pieejams:
5. Bakator M., Petrovic N., Boric S., Dalic N. Impact of human resource management on business performance: a review of literature. Journal of Engineering Management and Competitiveness, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2019, p. 3-13.

6. Azizi M.R., Atlasi R., Ziapour A., Abbas J., Naemi R. Innovative human resource management strategies during the COVID-19pandemic: A systematic narrative review approach, Heliyon, Vol. 7, 2021, p. 9. [skatīts 03.01.2022.] E-žurnāla raksts pieejams LLU tīklā ar LLU IS (E-studiju) konta parolēm datubāzē ScienceDirect. Pieejams:

Periodicals and other sources

1. Human Resource Management Journal. ISSN: 1748-8583
2. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. Print ISSN: 0958-5192 Online ISSN: 1466-4399
3. Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management. ISSN: 0742-7301

4. Latvijas Republikas likumi un normatīvie akti. Pieejami:


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