Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4140 Employment Systems
(Employment Systems)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Martin Schneider
Ansprechpartner (contact): Prof. Dr. Martin Schneider (martin.schneider[at]
Prof. Dr. Kirsten Thommes (kirsten.thommes[at]
Credits: 10 ECTS
Workload: 300 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.41401 / Theory Vorlesung P
b) K.184.41402 / Case Study Analyses Vorlesung P
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):
Zur Zeit sind keine Voraussetzungen bekannt. (No conditions are known.)
Inhalte (short description):

​The module helps to understand employment or HR practices from a long-term perspective and from both a managerial as well as public policy point of view. Employment practices are understood as embedded in various ways. They must be examined as part of employment relations – the multi-level economic and social nexuses linking workers and employers. Neith can they be understood in isolation but need to be analyzed within the firm’s employment systems – the systematic and holistic combinations of practices. Finally, employment relations and systems are influenced – and in turn influence – the institutional environment in terms of employment and labor law, industrial relations, and the system of education and training. In the first part of the module, basic building blocks are introduced: employment relations at individual and collective level; legal, economic, and psychological contracts; typologies of employment systems; the importance of knowledge, skills, and abilities (human capital); and inequalities produced by employment systems and asymmetric employment relations. The second part of the module discusses more advanced aspects and looks at different examples of employment systems, their dependence on institutions, their efficiency in different circumstances, their fairness for particular groups of employees and impliations for broader society.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):


  • are familiar with basic building blocks of employment relations and employment systems
  • know main typologies of employment systems and their embeddedness in the economic and social context
  • are familiar with different employment practices and their link to employments systems within firms.
  • are familiar with recent research on employment systems
  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):


  • are able to critically reflect employment practices
  • are able to read articles presenting case studies or empirical research related to employment systems
  • are able to write shorter texts summarizing and commenting on issues in employment relations
  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):


  • are able to evaluate the efficiency and equity of firm's employment systems, with reference to employers, workers, and the broader society
  • are able to discuss managerial practices

  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):


  • are able to form an opinion on the efficient and equitable design of a firm's employment systems
  • are able to read, understand and discuss research

  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulteilprüfungen
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Besondere Form der Leistungserbringung. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 1 Written test: 2 out of 3 tasks 50.00 %
    b) Besondere Form der Leistungserbringung. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 2 Written test: 2 out of 3 tasks 50.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    M.Sc. International Business Studies, M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    M.Sc. Betriebswirtschaftslehre
    M.Sc. International Business Studies
    M.Sc. International Economics and Management
    M.Sc. Management Information Systems
    M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    M.Sc. Taxation, Accounting and Finance
    M.Sc. Management
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

    ​Module is in English.

    Assessment by 2 written tests during the semester. 

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