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Module WIW-HRMOB-HRMOB2-M-7

Empirical Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Research (M, 9.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
WIW-HRMOB-HRMOB2-M-7 Empirical Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior Research 9.0 CP (270 h)
Hint concerning Module Number WIW-HRMOB-HRMOB2-M-7:
Prerequisite for research project and master thesis (if not indicated otherwise in the topic announcements)

Basedata

CP, Effort 9.0 CP = 270 h
Position of the semester 2 Sem. from WiSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE] German
Module Manager
Lecturers
Area of study [WIW-HRMOB] Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Organization
Reference course of study [WIW-88.21-SG#2009] M.Sc. Business Studies (2009) [2009]
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Courses

Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Module-Part
Presence-Time /
Self-Study
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
6K WIW-HRMOB-PS-K-7
Project Seminar on Current Issues in Responsible Human Resource and Organization Management
P 90 h 180 h - - PL1 9.0 WiSe
  • About [WIW-HRMOB-PS-K-7]: Title: "Project Seminar on Current Issues in Responsible Human Resource and Organization Management"; Presence-Time: 90 h; Self-Study: 180 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: Portfolio
  • Examination Frequency: Examination only within the course
    The portfolio achievements include interim presentations on milestones in the project, practical tasks, and a written final report on the project in the form of a short paper. More detailed information on the specific nature and the weighting of the portfolio achievements will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Evaluation of grades

The module grade is based on the total examination portfolio score achieved in the course.

Contents

Students plan and conduct an empirical research project on a current practically relevant issue from the area of organizational behavior and human resource management. In doing so, they get to know and learn to apply methods of empirical research as well as methods of data collection and data analysis, which they can use and apply in professional and research practice in many areas in the context of evidence-based management or evidence-based management research. At the same time, they intensively deal with a research question on a current topic in demand by practitioners, for which they derive concrete recommendations for practice based on the obtained empirical findings. This enables students to apply the acquired know-how in their own projects and to independently conduct empirical research projects (e.g., in the context of an empirical research project or an empirical master thesis).

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to
  • independently conduct an empirical research project on a scientific research question (e.g., in the context of a research project or a master thesis);
  • reflect and evaluate the current state of the art of research on the topic of the research project;
  • justify research questions and hypotheses by using a theory-driven approach;
  • choose a suitable research design and suitable methods of data collection and evaluation;
  • appropriately assess the results obtained in empirical studies;
  • recommend implications for research and managerial practice based on the results obtained in empirical studies;
  • responsibly support cooperation within the team regarding planning and reaching milestones;
  • convincingly defend gathered insights with arguments in front of a group in a scientific discourse.

Literature

Literature on the topic of the empirical research project will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Methods literature:

  • Alreck, P. L., & Settle, R. B. (2004). The survey research handbook (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
  • Backhaus, K., Erichson, B., Plinke, W., & Weiber, R. (2018). Multivariate Analysemethoden: Eine anwendungsorientierte Einführung [Multivariate analysis methods: An application-oriented introduction] (15th ed.). Springer Gabler. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-46076-4.
  • Bortz, J., & Schuster, C. (2010). Statistik für Human- und Sozialwissenschaftler [Statistics for human and social scientists] (7th ed.). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12770-0.
  • Bühner, M. (2021). Einführung in die Test- und Fragebogenkonstruktion [Introduction to test and survey construction] (4th ed.). 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.
  • Döring, N., & Bortz, J. (2016). Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften [Research methods and evaluation in the social and human sciences] (5th ed.). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-41089-5.
  • Eid, M., Gollwitzer, M., & Schmitt, M. (2017). Statistik und Forschungsmethoden [Statistics and research methods] (5th ed.). Beltz.
  • Eisend, M., & Kuß, A. (2021). Grundlagen empirischer Forschung: Zur Methodologie in der Betriebswirtschaftslehre [Foundations of empirical research: On methodology in business administration] (2nd ed.). Springer Gabler. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-32890-0.
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2019). Research methods for business students (8th ed.). Pearson.

Materials

  • OLAT course with teaching materials
  • Research articles

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)

Knowledge of statistics

Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)

None

References to Module / Module Number [WIW-HRMOB-HRMOB2-M-7]

Module-Pool Name
[WIW-HRMOB-MPOOL-7] Field of Specialization: Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior