Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • To understand the critical significance of people and people management in the strategic and sustainable management of organizations.
  • To understand and critically evaluate key concepts and theories of people behaviors and dynamics within organizations at individual, group, and organizational levels.
  • To understand and critically evaluate key processes and practices utilized in strategic and sustainable people management.
  • To apply the principles and theories of people management to real-life business issues and cases.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 10.01.2023 - 23.02.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Seonyoung Hwang

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course integrates a theoretical understanding of organizational behavior with the practical aspects of people management in ‘real world’ organizations.

    It is comprised of three parts. The first part introduces the field of people management by explaining its concept (what people management is), classic and contemporary issues of people management (how people management has evolved), and strategic importance of people and people management in organizations (why people and people management deserve strategic attention).

    The second part aims to familiarize students with key concepts and theories of organizational behavior, or how people behave and interact with each other in the workplace. This will be discussed at three different levels: individuals (e.g., personality, motivation), groups/teams (e.g., group work and power dynamics in groups), and organizations (e.g., organizational culture).

    Based on the basic understanding of organizational behavior, the last part of the course is concerned with how organizations can effectively manage their people in practice. Various issues and functions of people management, including recruitment and selection, training and development, performance management and compensation, will be critically examined.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Throughout the course, you are required to complete various individual and group activities and assignments, which will be part of your assessment. 

    The exam will comprise 40% of your total score. Detailed information regarding the exam will be provided during the course.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course has ten three-hour long lecture sessions (3 hours x 10 sessions). The course does not have compulsory attendance but it is highly recommended to join the lectures.

    During the course, you are expected to invest around 127 hours in the independent study: 

    Preparation for lectures

    Individual and group assignments

    Exam preparation


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    5 Gender Equality

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    10 Reduced Inequality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III
    2023-2024 Spring III

    Enrollment :

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) Management major students (B.Sc. programme), 2) BIZ exchange students, 3) other students.