2023-2024 / GRHO0005-2

Human resources management : in-depth concepts


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS) (Management)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Grégory Jemine, François Pichault

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course aims at exploring the basic components of human resources management (HRM) policies adopted by modern companies, putting the emphasis on their main assumptions, their potentialities and their risks. It lies upon the fundamental hypothesis of a direct link between organisational structures and HRM models.

Far away from offering a detailed directory of techniques, the course aims at highlighting the main orientations of current HRM policies and their modalities in various organisational contexts.
It thus envisages the following items: organizational entries (recruitment, selection, induction), training & skills development, evaluation and careers, compensation & benefits, labour time flexibility, social relations & restructuring processes.

The position of the HR department is also envisaged through a critical analysis on the main evolutions of this function.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objectives are both analytical (diagnosis of HRM policies) and theoretical (initiation to current debates in HR literature).
  This course contributes to the following Intended Learning Outcomes :
ILO-1 : To strengthen knowledge and understanding of management disciplines and its legal, policy and social context.  
ILO-2 : Gaining the knowledge and understanding of one of the proposed fields of concentration (HRM)  
ILO-4 : To acquire the capacity to research autonomously and methodically the information needed to solve a complex, transversal management problem. 
ILO-7 : Being capable of professional team work.
ILO-9 : Developing a critical sense (arguing). 
ILO-12 : Professional capacity for oral communication.
ILO-13 : Professional capacity for written communication.  

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

"Strategic Human Resource Management" or any other HRM introductive course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Interactive seminar, on the basis of readings outside the classroom and oral presentations which have to be given to invited professionals from the HRM field

Recommended or required readings

Textbook available on the website: http://lola.hec.uliege.be

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

The evaluation is based on 4 elements:

  • quality of the oral presentation (theoretical synthesis on one particular HRM topic)
  • quality of the working paper including the observations provided during the presentation
  • relevance of the diagnoses on the prevailing HR model and the position of the HR department in the company from which  invited professionals come; such diagnoses must be written in "real time", before the end of each meeting; the best diagnosis is sent to the invited professional
  • individual involvement of each participant during the seminars (mandatory participation), namely during the discussions linked to the preparatory texts at the beginning of each meeting and on the blog related to the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Supplementary informations concerning this course (organization, supports, evaluation, etc.) are available on the website http://lola.hec.uliege.be


Professors in charge:

François Pichault
Full Professor
HEC-Liège, Université de Liège
Directeur du LENTIC
14 rue Louvrex, 4000 Liège/ N1d

Tel: +32 4 366 30 70
web: www.lentic.be

mail: F.Pichault@uliege.be

Grégory Jemine
Assistant Professor

mail: gjemine@uliege.be

Simon Wuidar
Post-doc researcher

mail: simon.wuidar@uliege.be

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