What does an organisation need to do in order to perform well? And what qualifies as ‘good performance’ by a public organisation? Recruiting the best employees, investing in training and development, applying a supportive leadership style, giving employees autonomy, providing suitable remuneration – or a smart combination of all these elements? Who is responsible for putting personnel policy into practice? How can you encourage effective implementation be encouraged? How do organisations engage with their social environment, and how do they fulfil their social responsibility? What is the public dimension of strategic Human Resource Management? What impact does internationalisation have on an organisation’s Human Resource Management practices? If these questions spark your interest, then we invite you to learn more about this MSc at Utrecht University.
Strategic HRM: working in a changing environment
This Master’s programme focuses on Human Resource Management (HRM), and its effects on organisational goals (good performance) employee well-beings (for example, satisfaction and motivation) and social legitimacy. We study HRM in the context of societal developments such as an ageing population, internationalisation, and technological change. This means we don’t see HR policy as a stand-alone policy domain, but rather as a domain in which developments within the organisation and within society as a whole are incorporated and integrated into management. What makes HR policies strategic is its coherence, its alignment with the organisation’s strategic goals, and with internal and external developments.
Organisations have to deal with government regulations in the area of labour and personnel. Public and private sector organisations have to take economic and social policies at both national and EU level into account. This applies to their personnel policy too. These are not the only developments that organisations have to face. There is also social diversity, individualisation, internationalisation, the declining numbers of young people (dejuvenation), and an ageing population. In view of this, organisations need to work on sustainable employability, diversity management, and an age-conscious personnel policy. The reality of having to operate in a changing environment has prompted many organisations to make internal changes, both structural and functional in nature.
This Master’s programme involves gaining an understanding of the theory and research in this area, you will learn how to apply this knowledge when analysing policy issues that organisations have to deal with in their environment.