2023-2024 / GRHO0010-2

Human resources management


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS) (evening classes)5 crédits 
 Master in labour sciences (120 ECTS) (work and study master)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 


Frédéric Naedenoen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course aims to make students aware of recent developments in human resources management (shift from a personnel administration logic to an HRM policy focused on knowledge management, accentuation of the strategic dimension of HRM, reshaping of the sharing of HRM roles and responsibilities between the HRD and the hierarchical line, increasing complexity of social legislation, increasing use of non-salaried workers, etc.) and of the concomitant issues that these developments raise on a daily basis.

As such, the course aims to help students anticipate and manage the challenges they may face in their professional careers in terms of workforce management (recruitment, selection, integration/voluntary departure, redundancy, restructuring), skills development (training, assessment, mobility), and management of the transactional aspects of the employment relationship (remuneration, working hours, industrial relations).

However, the course does not aim to offer students a detailed repertoire of techniques or an inventory of "best practices" on these themes, but rather to offer a double reflexive look, mainly managerial but also legal, on the main orientations that can be identified today in terms of HRM as well as on their effective application modalities (advantages, disadvantages, potentialities, risks, etc.) in contrasting organisational contexts.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objectives of the course are both theoretical (introduction to the major debates and contemporary issues in HRM) and analytical (diagnosis of HRM policies).
More specifically, the course aims - To enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of current issues in human resources management, from a managerial and legal perspective;
- To promote students' knowledge and understanding of the main human resources management practices, their issues, risks, advantages and disadvantages;
- To develop students' critical thinking skills;
- To enable them to search independently and methodically for the information needed to analyse and solve human resources management issues;
- To enhance students' teamwork skills.
- To be able to write an analytical and prescriptive executive report

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is based on a participatory methodology that gives students an active role in the course, in the appropriation of concepts and in meeting learning objectives. The course sessions combine different approaches that will allow students to identify the issues and problems of human resources management: preparatory readings for certain sessions discussed and commented on during the course, ex-cathedra presentations, analysis of written and video cases, exchanges of experiences with speakers from private companies and public organizations, completion of thematic assignments, transposition of the course's knowledge to the analysis of a specific human resources management problem, etc.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is given in 7 thematic sessions. The exact timing of the sessions and the topics to be covered in each session will be made clear to the students at the first session. (presence strongly recommended)

Recommended or required readings

Reading material available online, via the lolahd virtual campus.
Students will also find useful information for their understanding of the concepts seen in the course in the following books:
- PICHAULT F. and NIZET J., Les pratiques de gestion des ressources humaines. Conventions, contextes et jeux d'acteurs, Paris, Seuil, 2013, coll. "Points/Economie".
- FERRARY M., Management des ressources humaines. Entre marché du travail et acteurs stratégiques, Paris, Dunod, 2014, coll. "Management - Ressources Humaines"
- PERETTI J-M. (Ed), Tous DRH, Paris, Eyrolles, 2012

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

First session:
Written report: analysis of the human resources management policy of a private company or a public institution (the instructions for this work will be specified during the course sessions). Group work (4 students).
Second session: 
Group work to be presented, according to the same outline as in the first session (see the instructions in the section "final work - instructions" on lolahd )
- New version of the written report, to be improved on the basis of the feedback that the students can request from the teacher 
- Oral presentation and defence of the report

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


LENTIC  /  HEC Liège, Ecole de Gestion de l'Université de Liège,
Bâtiment N1d (HEC) / LENTIC,
Tél.: + 32 4 366 30 70,
E-Mail: FNaedenoen@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Dossier de lecture accessible en ligne, via le campus virtuel campushd