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London School of Economics and Political Science


LSE Summer School 2004 - Management Programme


Human Resource Management 

and Employment Relations







Code: MG190

Session: Two

Prerequisites: None

Lecturers: Professor David Marsden, Paul Gollan 

Class Teachers: Niels-Erik Wergin, Richard Belfield

Lectures: 36 hours

Classes: 12 hours

Assessment: written work, participation and 1 written examination

Content: The course provides a panorama of the key analytical issues in HRM and Employment Relations, recent theories and controversies, and applies them to cases of current interest. Its focus is international, drawing on the experience of several major OECD countries including in Western Europe, the US and Japan. We shall examine why human resource management is a key ingredient of business performance, in both the private and public sectors. We shall explore the ways management develops and motivates employees in their organisations, and looks at the role of works councils and trade unions, and the increasing importance of the European and international dimension of employment relations. Among the themes we shall cover are:

  • HRM strategies and performance
  • Human resource management strategy: setting HRM in the wider context of management strategies and stakeholder interests
  • HRM and business and organisational performance
  • Organisational core competencies, skills and knowledge management
  • The conduct of HRM within different ‘varieties of capitalism’.
  • Incentives and motivation of employees

  • Reward systems, traditional and modern

  • Organisational commitment and the ‘psychological contract’
  • Motivation and incentives in ‘networked’ organisations
  • The impact of societal values on motivation and commitment
  • Employment relations

  • Employment relations and the employment contract: the power of individual bargaining

  • Employee participation: from teams to works councils
  • Collective bargaining and unions
  • Transnational employment relations: the example of the EU
  • The course will comprise lectures, work on case studies, and seminars.

Readings: There is no set text for this course. 

Students will be expected to purchase a set of photocopied materials at a cost of £10, and will additionally be expected to make use of reading materials available electronically in the Library.


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