Human Resource Management and Legal Systems


Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences


Version 14.0 of 10/19/2017

Code of Module


Modulename (german)

Human Resource Management and Legal Systems

Study Programmes

International Management (B.A.)

Level of Module


Mission Statement

Legal Systems:International business activities are always subject to a legal framework. Managers have to be aware of the fact that there may be different legal systems with sometimes very different rules governing international business. They have to have a basic understanding of legal issues arising in an international context and of the legal principles governing these issues.

  • Human Resource Management:
  • 1. Basic concepts in human resource management
  • 2. Determination of manpower
  • 3. Recruiting and employee selection
  • 4. Human resource development
  • 5. Principles of motivation
  • 6. Principles of leadership
  • 7. Payment systems in companies
  • 8. Human resources controlling and adjustment

    Legal Systems:
  • 1. Different legal systems: common law and civil law
  • 1.1. Outline of civil law principles
  • 1.2. Outline of common law principles
  • 2. Differences between legal systems using examples from German and US business law
  • 2.1. Conclusion of contracts
  • 2.2. Liability
  • 2.3. Other specific legal issues
  • 3. Law of conflicts
    3.1 Determination of the applicable law
    3.2 Choice of law-clauses
  • 4. International litigation and arbitration
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Broadening
Human Resource Management:
Students describe the various fundamental areas of human resource management and make correlations between them. They know about recruitment methods and selection of employees, and choose appropriate means of filling vacant positions, for example. They describe a systematic recruitment process.
Students describe basic theories of motivation and human resources management, and use these to interpret cases of operational practice.
Students distinguish various forms of remuneration and provide examples for possible areas of application.
Students interpret various key figures used in human resources controlling.
Students select appropriate methods for making adjustments to staffing.

Legal Systems:
Students are aware of the fact that international business has to take into account different legal systems and traditions. They have a basic understanding of the differences between civil law and common law systems. Students are able to identify the relevant rules on the conflict of laws and determine the applicable law. They have a basic understanding of the legal mechanisms used to facilitate cross-border transactions such as choice-of-law-clauses and international arbitration.
Knowledge Deepening

Instrumental Skills and Competences

Communicative Skills and Competences

Systemic Skills and Competences

Mode of Delivery

Human Resource Management: Lectures, case exercises and case studies, group work

Legal Systems: Lecture, case studies, self-study

Expected Knowledge and/or Competences

Legal Systems: Basic understanding of private law

Responsible of the Module

Wiese, Ursula-Eva

  • Miras, Antonio
  • Bachert, Patric
  • Böhmer, Nicole
  • Steinert, Carsten
  • Schinnenburg, Heike
  • Lüdemann, Volker


Concept of Study and Teaching
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Recommended Reading

Human Resource Management:Mondy, R.Wayne.; Noe, RobertM. (2009): Human Resource Management. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Armstrong, Michael (2009): A handbook of human resource management practice. London.

Buchanan, David; Huczynski, Andrzej (2009): Organizational Behaviour. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Robbins, Stephen P.; Judge, Timothy A. (2009): Organizational behavior. Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Stredwick, John (2006): An introduction to human resource management. Amsterdam.

Torrington, Derek; Hall, Laura; Taylor, Stephen (2009): Human resource management. Harlow.

Weitere Literatur wird jeweils zu Beginn des Semesters aktuell empfohlen.

Legal Systems:

August/Mayer/Bixby, International Business Law.

Schaffer/Agusti/Earle, International Business Law and its Environment.

Graded Exam
  • Two-Hour Written Examination
  • Homework / Assignment
  • Viva Voce
  • Presentation
  • Oral Presentation / Seminar Paper
Assessment Methods Remark



1 Term

Module Frequency

Only Winter Term

Language of Instruction