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Project Seminar on Current Issues in Responsible Human Resource and Organization Management (6S, 9.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
6 S Project seminar 9.0 CP 90 h 180 h
(6S) 9.0 CP 90 h 180 h


CP, Effort 9.0 CP = 270 h
Position of the semester 2 Sem. from WiSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [WIW-HRMOB] Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Organization
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Conducting an empirical research project on a current practice-oriented research question from the area of human resource management/organizational behavior, students get to know the fundamentals of empirical research as well as methods of data collection and data analysis that are relevant for both professional and research practice. Students attending the project seminar are being prepared for conducting an empirical research project or writing an empirical master thesis.


  • The empirical research process: Literature analysis, identification of the research problem, development of hypotheses, study design and operationalization, data collection, data analysis and evaluation, interpretation and discussion of results, scientific documentation
  • Measurement and data collection instruments: Indices and scales, logic of measurement, interview, survey, observation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, field study
  • Methods of data analysis and evaluation: Content analysis (qualitative – quantitative), descriptive statistics, logic of statistical hypothesis testing, statistical and practical significance, methods for testing correlation and difference hypotheses


  • Alreck, P. L., & Settle, R. B. (2004). The survey research handbook (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Atteslander, P. (2010). Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung [Methods of empirical social research] (13th ed.). Schmidt.
  • Backhaus, K., Erichson, B., Plinke, W., & Weiber, R. (2018). Multivariate Analysemethoden: Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung [Multivariate analysis methods: An application-oriented introduction] (15th ed.). Springer.
  • Backhaus, K., Erichson, B., & Weiber, R. (2015). Fortgeschrittene multivariate Analysemethoden: Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung [Advanced multivariate analysis methods] (3rd ed.). Springer Gabler.
  • Bortz, J., & Döring, N. (2016). Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften [Research methods and evaluation in the social and human sciences] (5th ed.). Springer.
  • Bortz, J., & Schuster, C. (2010). Statistik für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler [Statistics for human and social scientists] (7., vollst. überarb. und erw. Aufl.). Springer.
  • Bühner, M. (2011). Einführung in die Test- und Fragebogenkonstruktion [Introduction to test and survey construction] (3., aktual. und erw. Aufl.). Pearson Studium.
  • Cohen, J., Cohen, P., West, S. G., & Aiken, L. S. (2003). Applied multiple regression/correlation analysis for the behavioral sciences (3rd ed.). Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Creswell, J. W., & Creswell, J. D. (2018). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (5th ed.). Sage.
  • Dillman, D. A., Smyth, J. D., & Christian, L. M. (2014). Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: The tailored design method (4th ed.). Wiley.
  • Eid, M., Gollwitzer, M., & Schmitt, M. (2017). Statistik und Forschungsmethoden (5., korr. Aufl.). Beltz.
  • Rasch, B., Friese, M., Hofmann, W., & Naumann, E. (2014). Quantitative Methoden 1: Einführung in die Statistik für Psychologen und Sozialwissenschaftler [Quantitative methods 1: Introduction to statistics for psychologists and social scientists] (4., überarb. Aufl.). Springer.
  • Rasch, B., Friese, M., Hofmann, W., & Naumann, E. (2014). Quantitative Methoden 2: Einführung in die Statistik für Psychologen und Sozialwissenschaftler [Quantitative methods 2: Introduction to statistics for psychologists and social scientist] (4th ed.). Springer.
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2019). Research methods for business students (8th ed.). Pearson.


  • OLAT course
  • Lecture notes with references
  • Exercises
  • Research articles

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Basic knowledge in statistics

Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Course [WIW-HRMOB-PS-K-7]

Module Name Context
[WIW-HRMOB-HRMOB2-M-7] Empirical Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Research P: Obligatory 6S, 9.0 LP