2023-2024 / GRHO0041-1

Strategic Human Resource Management


45h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in economics and business management5 crédits 
 Bachelor in business engineering5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...)5 crédits 


Michaël Parmentier

Language(s) of instruction

English 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 addresses the strategic dimension of HRM systems in modern organizations through the lens of organizational behavior concepts and perspectives. Indeed, organizational behavior has become a central field of study that looks at how individuals, groups, and organization behave. In today's business landscape, understanding organizational behavior is pivotal for effectively navigating within organizations and managing diverse teams. Organizational behavior plays a central role in the strategy, effectiveness, and performance of organizations and thus represents a critical requirement in managing organizations.

The course aims at introducing students to the major HRM functions and to the main principles of organizational behavior dimensions that underlie these functions and their relationships with organizational performance and strategy.

The course uniquely offers students with key concepts to better understand the psychological and group-level mechanisms that explain the adequacy of HRM systems and the effectiveness and performance of an organization. Consequently, the course is particularly related to GEST3054-2 "Analyse des organisations"

The course is structured around the presentation of the major organizational behavior elements and dimensions as follows:

  • Organizational behavior and HRM
  • Organizational structure and HRM systems
  • Job attitudes
  • Emotions at work
  • Personality and individual differences
  • Stress & Health at work
  • Motivation
  • Group behavior and work teams

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

cquiThe intended objective outcomes (ILO) of the course are:

  • Understand the key concepts of organizational behavior and their related theories
  • Critically compare and analyze the different theories in organizational behavior and strategic human resource management;
  • Analyze real-life situations and identify the relevant key concepts and theories;
  • Apply a research-based approach to modern organizations and HRM through problematization, hypothesis generation, data collection, and data analysis and discussion;
  • Design and implement effective solutions to real-life situations based on a scientific approach
  • Communicate one's point of view and confront it with others.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Prerequisite and corequisite units are presented within each program

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Learning activities are organized around:

  • Ex-cathedra courses;
  • Individual reading;
  • Interactive sessions;
  • Group-based learning activities.
These activities are aligned with the need to understand key concepts and theories while offering pedagogical opportunities to reflect on these concepts and apply them to real-life situations and examples.



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

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Recommended readings:

Barling, J., Clegg, S. R., & Cooper, C. L. (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume One: Micro Approaches (Vol. 1). Sage.

Barling, J., Clegg, S. R., & Cooper, C. L. (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior: Volume Two: Macro Approaches (Vol. 2). Sage.

Noe, R., Hollenbeck, J., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. (2022). Human Resources Management: Gaining a Competitive Advantage, Tenth Global Edition. New York, MA: McGraw-Hill Education.

Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. (2023). Organizational behavior. Pearson.

Wilkinson, A., Lepak, D., Snell, S. A., & Bacon, N. A. (2019). The SAGE Handbook of Human Resource Management.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation of the course is composed of two distinct assessment methods:

Group work (/6)

Groups of 5-6 students will conduct a group assignment focusing on one specific HR challenge that will be identified through an interview with an HR manager or director. Students will analyze the HR challenge through organizational behavior and strategic human resource management concepts covered in class and individual reading. Students will be evaluated through an in-class presentation at the end of the semester.

Exam in session (/14)

An individual MCQ and open-ended questions exam will be conducted during the exam session and will assess students' understanding of organizational behavior concepts and theory.

For the second/third session, the evaluation will only consist of an individual MCQ and open-ended questions exam.



Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Additional pieces of information regarding this course (organization, supports, evaluation, etc.) are available on the website: http://lola.hec.uliege.be.


Pr. Michaël Parmentier - michael.parmentier@uliege.be



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