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wir848 - Basic theories of Organisation and Human Resources (Complete module description)
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Module label Basic theories of Organisation and Human Resources
Module code wir848
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Economics)
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master) > Schwerpunktmodule RdW - BWL
  • Master's Programme Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master) > Schwerpunktmodule UF - BWL
  • Master's Programme Business Administration, Economics and Law (Master) > Schwerpunkt "Unternehmensführung" (MPO2020)
  • Master's Programme Business Informatics (Master) > Module der Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften (Master)
Responsible persons
Gilbert, Jonathan (Module counselling)
Breisig, Thomas (Authorized examiners)
Gilbert, Jonathan (Authorized examiners)
Breisig, Thomas (Module responsibility)
Skills to be acquired in this module
Students get to know central theories of organisation and human resources (HR). They are empowered to apply theories in order to explain practical phenomena and to solve practical problems. The ability to put on different "theory glasses " while observing and analysing various organisational and HR practices is fostered. Students learn to deal with different theories in a conscious and critical way, especially through case studies, group work and discussions.

Upon completion of the module, students will:
• be able to explain various classic and modern theories of organisation and human resource theories, differentiate them and reflect them critically ;
• be able to apply the theoretical and abstract ways of thinking and perception so as to transfer them on operational decisions;
• develop skills of self-reflection (supported by the technical and didactical concepts).
Module contents
Students receive deeper insights into classical and modern theories of organisation and human resource, including:
• Weber's theory of bureaucracy
• Taylor’s principles of Scientific Management
• Human Relations approach
• Behavioural decision theory
• Situational approach
• Micro-political approaches
• New Institutional Economics
• Theories of motivation
• Theories of leadership

The presentations and discussions within the seminars also offer possibilities to deepen and broaden these topics according to the student’s interest and latest developments in theory and practice.
Reader's advisory
Breisig, T. (2015), Betriebliche Organisation, 2nd edition, NWB, Herne.
Breisig, T. / (unter Mitarbeit von) Michel, M. (2016), Personal. Eine Einführung aus arbeitspolitischer Perspektive, 2nd edition, NWB, Herne.
Wolf, J. (2012), Organisation, Management, Unternehmensführung. Theorien. Praxisbeispiele und Kritik, 5th edition, Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden.
Bea, F. X. / Göbel, E. (2010), Organisation. Theorie und Gestaltung, 4th edition, UTB, Stuttgart.
Kieser, A. / Ebers, M. (Hrsg.) (2006), Organisationstheorien, 7th edition, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart.

Further literature will be announced during the semester according to the particular lecture/seminar content.
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Reference text
Die Veranstaltung ist im Master Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften in den Schwerpunkten ManECo und FUGO verwendbar.
Modullevel / module level
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge Praktische Erfahrungen; Grundkenntnisse der Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbes. in den Bereichen Organisation und Human Resource Management
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 28
2 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Depending on the type of examination during the lecture period, at the end of the lecture period or at the end of the semester
Seminar paper or presentation or written exam or oral exam or portfolio or project report (will be determined and announced at the beginning of the semester by the lecturer)