MOOC: Human Resource Management in the Digital Age

What is the online course about?

The Digital Transformation is having a huge impact on the the business world and human resource management activities. To prepare you with the skills you need to master the challenges ahead, we created the online course Human Resource Management in the Digital Age.

This online course offers deep insights into the processes, practices, and technological systems that organizations employ when they manage human resources (HR). You will learn about core functions of HR management - such as strategic HR management, workforce planning and change, recruiting and retention, HR development, and health and risk management. As the course title implies, you will also learn about the impact of information technologies on these core functions. Furthermore, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the organizational, ethical, and legal considerations which guide decision-makers in HR management.

In our online course you will not only learn about human resource management, but also develop several of the skills and capabilities required to succeed in an increasingly digital business environment. We want to utilize all teaching-methods at our disposal to prepare you for the future leadership positions which will require you to have a high degree of digital competency.

Course facts

Target groups Business students & business professionals
Schedule Sep 30 - Dec 16
Course length 11 weeks
Cost GGS students: Free of charge
GGS friends: 99,00$
Regular: 199,00$
Registration Novoed

Course structure

We structured the course in five core modules. Each module features an HR expert from a leading organisation and a legal expert who provide valuable insights into their work.

Module 1: Strategic Human Resource Management

Practice partner

Janina Kugel (Chief Human Resources Officer, Management Board, Siemens AG)

In this module, you will learn...

  • What it means to be “strategic” in HR
  • How the HR function contributes value to the overall business
  • Which internal and external stakeholders influence the HR function
  • Why the digital transformation is a major challenge for HR

Module 2: Workforce Planning and Change

Practice partner

Harald Schirmer (Manager, Digital Transformation & Change, Continental AG)

In this module, you will learn...

  • What kinds of change organizations are confronted with
  • How to anticipate and react to a changing business environment
  • How to manage change with the help of HR planning and alignment
  • Why change projects often fail

Module 3: Recruiting and Retention

Practice partner

Gero Hesse (CEO, Embrace Medienfabrik, Bertelsmann AG)

In this module, you will learn...

  • How to distinguish and apply different recruiting sources & methods
  • How information technology (IT) transforms the recruiting function
  • What social recruiting is, i.e. how social media can be used for recruiting
  • What factors drive employees’ job satisfaction and turnover intention

Module 4: Human Resource Development

Practice partner

Dr. Jeanny Wildi-Yune (Senior Manager, KPMG AG)

In this module, you will learn...

  • How to determine training needs
  • How to design training and development activities
  • How to evaluate training and development effectiveness
  • How digitization changes training and development in organizations

Module 5: Health and Risk Management

Practice partner

Philippe Bopp (CEO, machtfit GmbH)

In this module, you will learn...

  • About the distinct rights and obligations of both employees & management
  • How to ensure workplace safety & health
  • How stress causes symptoms of burnout
  • About the dark side of IT, e.g. IT addiction and technostress

Course instructors

Andreas Eckhardt is Professor of Human Resource Management with a special focus on digital transformation and change. His areas of expertise are trends in recruiting and employer branding as well as the use, adoption, and diffusion of information technologies in HR management. Andreas has published more than 80 articles in numerous scientific top-journals and conference proceedings and holds several editorial positions.

David Wagner is Professor of International Management & Digital Business at the Munich Business School and a member of the Visiting Faculty at GGS. In his research, he scrutinizes technology-enabled forms of collaboration and organization, particularly social media and online communities. David is Senior Strategy Consultant at diva-e Digital Value Excellence GmbH and Head of Research at the Association for Community Management (BVCM).

Teaching methods

Time on the course will be devoted to:

  • Video lectures based on the textbooks and several scientific articles
  • Interviews with HR practice partners from leading organisations and a legal expert
  • Individual online exercises
  • Collaborative group works

Active engagement with peers and contributions from everyone are crucial to the success of the course and to the shared learning experience. Thus, throughout the course you are encouraged to create, share, link and evaluate content. The application of knowledge will go beyond the individual learner and include the use of social networks and tools for collaborative working, problem-solving and process-related peer-review.