Human Resource Management and Employment Relations

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Management
  • Application code SS-MG190
  • Starting 2020
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

UPDATE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we will no longer be offering this course in summer 2020. Please check our latest news on this situation here.

This course provides a panorama of the key analytical issues in HRM and Employment Relations.

It addresses recent theories and controversies, and applies them to cases of current interest such as; the new HR challenges of the financial crisis; international supply chains; and, the emergence of global labour markets. 

The course has an international focus which draws upon the experiences of several OECD countries including the US, Japan, EU member states and certain emerging economies.

Throughout the duration of this course, use will be made of international evidence and international comparisons. Case studies will be chosen to provide a feel for the diversity of different approaches to HRM and Employment Relations, and guidance will be provided as to how to interpret this.

Session: One
Dates: 22 June – 10 July 2020
Lecturers: Professor David MarsdenDr Frido Wenten and Dr Chunyun Li


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 100 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One written examination and written work

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


There are no prerequisites for this course

Programme structure

Section 1: HRM organisational perspectives

  • Employment Relations and Human Resource Management
  • Human resource management strategy, performance and stakeholder interests
  • Organisational core competencies, skills and knowledge management
  • Motivation, organisational commitment and the ‘psychological contract’
  • Reward systems and negotiating pay
  • Managing human resources across organisational and national boundaries

Section 2: Employment relations and HRM international perspectives

  • Employment relations in comparative perspective
  • Employment relations and ‘varieties of capitalism’
  • Employee participation: From teams to works councils
  • Outsourcing, offshoring, and global value chain (GVC)
  • Globalisation and international labour standards
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and labour standards

Throughout the duration of this course, use will be made of international evidence and international comparisons. Case studies will be chosen to provide a feel for the diversity of different approaches to HRM and Employment Relations, and guidance will be provided as to how to interpret this.

Course outcomes

  • Understand how human resource management contributes to organisational performance, in both business and the public sector
  • Recognise and examine the ways management develop and motivate employees in organisations
  • Interpret how management considers the role of works councils and trade unions
  • Realise the increasing importance of the European and international dimension of employment relations
  • Better understand the growing influence of emerging economies such as China and India
  • Gain essential knowledge of the regulation of labour standards across borders


LSE’s Department of Management is a  world-leading centre for research and education in business and management. Its location within a world-class social science institution at the heart of a leading global city makes it unique among other management and business schools. This position gives the Department the unparalleled capability to deliver research and education which advance the frontiers of understanding in management through an integrated view of the economic, psychological, social, political and technological contexts in which people, teams, organisations and markets operate worldwide.

Proud to be part of LSE, an institution that ranks #2 in the world for social sciences and management (QS World University Rankings 2018) and #1 in the UK for research in business and management studies (REF 2014). LSE Management currently ranks #1 in the world for thought leadership in management (QS Master's in Management Rankings 2018). The Department engages with people and organisations worldwide, across the private, public, and third sectors, who are motivated to improve the world through better understanding and practice of management.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s management faculty.

Reading materials

There is no set text for this course. Students will be given a set of photocopied materials, and will additionally be expected to make use of reading materials available electronically in the Library.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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