Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management (HRM) aims to enable a company to obtain and retain the skilled, well-motivated and committed workforce; develop and enhance the potentials of people by providing continuous learning and development opportunities; ensure that people are motivated and rewarded; and maintain and improve job wellbeing of employees. Strategically the most important competitive advantage for companies is its personnel, which is why HRM processes and management practices play a key role in the business. HRM boosts continual renewing, innovativeness and performance of the company and help individuals and companies to operate in varying business environments. Expertise in HRM is required by, for instance, business managers, entrepreneurs, human resources professionals and supervisors.

Research and teaching in HRM are part of strategic focus area “Management and change” of the University. The “Human resource management intelligence as a strategic competitive factor” -research group conducts high quality academic research that is relevant to working life focusing on three main areas; international HRM, Strategic HRM and Leadership. Studies in HRM provide a solid foundation for understanding strategic human resource management, change management, personnel functions and leading people in organizations. Studies focus also on the traditional areas of HRM, such as recruitment, performance management, human resource development, rewarding, and well-being at work. Those who studied HRM act, for example, as HR managers, consultants or experts.

Five professors, six assistant/ associate professors and approximately twenty researchers and PhD students are specialized for HRM in our University.