Human Resources Management


1. Knowledge and understanding of the role and purpose of human resources management (HRM) within the organizations and its evolution till the 21st century, within the main economic / political and social changes;
2. To understand the concepts of motivation, commitment and engagement and their impact in human and organizational behaviour;
3. To understand the role of competence models and management by competences and how they interconnect with all the HRM subsystems;
4 Understanding of the different HRM subsystems and the respective operational modes and approaches;
5. Knowledge and understanding the impact of HRM in organizational culture and organizational behaviour.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Susana Isabel Carreira de Carvalho e Silva


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Armstrong's, M. Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, Kogan Page, 2009.
FERREIRA, J.M.C.; Neves, J. & Caetano, A. (2011). Manual de Psicossociologia das Organizações. Lisboa: Escolar Editora
Cunha, Pina Miguel e outros, Manual de Gestão de Pessoas e de Capital Humano, 2ª ed. 2012. Ed. Sílabo
Ulrich, Dave, The HR Value Proposition, Harvard Business School Press, cap. 1 e 2, 2005.

Teaching method

Classes are organized around cases delivered throughout the semester, that must be previously read, serving for the discussion and feedback upon structured questions. Each case is read, analysed and discussed within teams, from one ore more theoretical perspective, studied previously. Theory is by this means applied to organizational reality. Students are encouraged to interact and question each other and with the teacher, permanently. Groups present and get feedback to improve the quality of their reasoning and work. The cases will help students to aplly and relate concepts, to understand the practical apllication of the knowledge and to discuss and decide within the group.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - The evaluation results of a written test at the end of the semester plus the evaluation of the written cases(100%)

Subject matter

I.The “role” and mission of HRM in the organizations; the value creation model and its impact on organizational development
II. Factors influencing emplyee behaviour - motivation, commitment & engagement
III. Managing by competences at the epicentre of HRM - how to operationalize the strategy into competence models
IV. The integrated management of human capital through the various RH sub-systems - recruitment and selection, integration, development, talent management and sucession
V. The role of HRM in organizational culture and organizational behaviour and performance


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