Specializations

HUMAN
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

This specialization positions HRM within the context of international, high-tech and innovative businesses. It prepares students to apply advanced talent-management practices, while providing them with guidelines for keeping employees motivated, involved and productive. 

This specialization is a part of the Master’s programme in Business Administration

WHAT IS HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT?

In recent years, the business community has come to recognize that success depends upon careful Human Resource Management (HRM), which is a strategic and comprehensive approach to the systematic management of people and the workplace culture and environment. Every manager is confronted with the challenge to keep staff members motivated, involved and productive, despite any changes that might be taking place.

Effective HRM enables employees and managers to contribute effectively and productively to the overall business direction and the accomplishment of the organization’s goals and objectives through employee motivation, effective hiring, performance management, organizational development, safety, wellness, benefits, communication, career development and training.

The HRM function is expected to promote the strategic utilization of employees, in addition to ensuring that any employee programmes that are recommended or implemented will have a positive and measurable impact on the company. The days when HRM was regarded as an administrative function are past. Modern HRM involves strategic direction, HRM analytics, strategic talent management and HRM metrics and measurements, all of which are designed to demonstrate the value of human capital. 

WHY STUDY HRM AT THE University of Twente?

The HRM profile within the Master’s programme in Business Administration is one of the highest ranking curricula within the multidisciplinary field of HRM, (Information) Technology and Innovation. The core of the HRM profile at the University of Twente is shaped by a strong focus on research expertise concerning the latest developments, including new ways of working, employee-driven innovation, electronic HRM, HR analytics, the involvement of line management and HR Shared Services.

This focus makes the profile unique within the international academic arena. In line with the University of Twente’s concept of ‘Research-Design-Organize’, students in the HRM profile are trained academically to function as business leaders, with competence in conducting international and multidisciplinary research independently, as well as in the design and organization of innovative business solutions.

The HRM specialization within the Master’s programme in Business Administration at the University of Twente offers unique opportunities to acquire marketable skills in the management of analysis, teams, consultancy and projects. 

Our students learn how to use HRM systems to design business solutions and build a committed, talented workforce within a flexible and effective organization. They apply financial analysis, WorkDay to the decision processes relating to HRM, while learning how organisations can stimulate innovative work behaviour and performance amongst employees. software to the decision processes relating to HRM, while learning how organizations can stimulate innovative work behaviour and performance amongst employees.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:

You will learn to understand, seek and encourage innovation through the management of people. You will become aware of the intricacies of employee competences for innovation, and you will be able to analyse and design jobs and HR functions in different types of organizations.

  1. Learn from leading research experts in the fields of HRM, Technology and Innovation.

  2. Become a talented prospective employee with marketable skills ready to become an effective business leader learn from projects with actual organizations and inspiring guest speakers from the business community (KLM AirFrance, Philips, TenCate, MST, Capgemini).

  3. Enjoy a carefully balanced study load across all HRM courses.

FOCUS: HRM, Technology and innovation

  • We integrate aspects of digitalization/modernization within the context of of HRM.
  • We position HRM within the context of technological and innovative business, training students to use talent management to help companies.
  • We cover issues relating to global talent management, electronic HRM, strategic HR analytics and HRM and innovation.
  • We develop consultancy skills by designing coherent recommendations for actual organizations in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • We integrate aspects of strategic business and HR analytics.
  • We focus on innovating HRM in order to achieve innovative performance.

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CAREER


Graduates of this HRM specialization have been trained academically, according to the University of Twente’s concept of ‘Research-Design-Organize’. This enables them to function as business leaders who are competent in conducting international and multidisciplinary research independently, in addition to designing and organizing innovative business solutions and contributing to the creation of value in organizations through the proper management of technology and human talent.

The HRM specialization within the Master’s programme in Business Administration offers unique opportunities to develop marketable skills in analysis, teamwork, consultancy and project management. Our students learn how to use HRM systems to design business solutions, to build a committed talented workforce and to shape a flexible, effective organization. They study how to apply financial analysis, research methods and software in order to improve the HRM decision processes. They learn how organizations can stimulate innovative work behaviour and performance on the part of their employees. After graduation, our alumni have found careers in major corporate, government and nonprofit organizations at the local and multinational levels, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

EXAMPLES OF JOBS

Examples of the jobs available to our graduates include the following: business analyst, strategic human capital consultant, project manager, digital HRM specialist, HRM transformation consultant, business transformation lead, HR business partner within the supply chain, manager in various fields of HRM.

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