Personnel Management and Services

Attracting and retaining qualified personnel is a crucial success factor for companies, organizations and institutions. In view of demographic change, the challenges of mobile working and more flexible working time models, future-oriented human resources strategies are becoming increasingly important.

The field of study at a glance

Personnel management, classically referred to as human resources, deals with the “human workforce” factor from a business perspective. The aim of modern human resources management is sustainable entrepreneurial success, also taking personal, social and ethical aspects into account. In recent years, the term corporate governance has become established, which not only focuses on monetary value creation, but also on the ideal company values, which have an internal and external image and value-enhancing effect. The task of sustainable human resources management is therefore to ensure a corporate culture that takes into account the needs of everyone involved in an entrepreneurial process. Some aspects that play a role include personnel planning, meeting personnel requirements, personnel management, personnel development, remuneration and personnel administration.

Course offered

The course is mainly offered at technical colleges, but also at some universities, mostly in master's courses, and sometimes also as a dual model. In addition to specific courses in the field of human resources and management, this focus can also be chosen in general business courses. Internationally oriented study programs (International Human Resources Management) are also available. Course names include “Human Resources Management”, “Human Resources”, “Human Resources & Work” or “Management and Human Resources”.

Contents of the course

In addition to the basics of business administration, students in the field of human resources management acquire specific knowledge, for example in personnel management and development, personnel marketing and controlling, strategy and change organization (“change management”), setting up and controlling accompanying communication processes, conflict management, labor and social security law or personnel psychology and ethics. In some cases, the content and career opportunities overlap with study programs in work and organizational or business psychology (see also “Psychology”).

Career opportunities after graduation

Graduates can take on tasks in human resources management and operational organization in companies from all sectors and organizations, e.g. in human resources management or as specialists in human resources development.