Fall semester (September – February)

  • Strategies for Managing Human Resources (5 ECTS)

    The goal of this course is to have students apply theory in a simulation game. Students will learn how recruitment decisions, employee promotions, education and other factors affect the market position of a company, and what are the consequences for employee motivation, employee turnover, etc. This course will contain the HR Management simulation. Goals of this course are for students to be able to comprehend the strategic fit of HR, strategic management and the organization, to recognize the applicability of HR practices to organization success/performance, to develop greater skill in decision-making, to understand ways of evaluating human resources and the effectiveness of HR practices.

  • Recruitment and Selection (5 ECTS)

    Staffing as a function is owned by Human Resources specialist and managers, but is successfully performed only by involving top management and executive level management in the pursuit of best staffing strategy, best human resources strategy, and ultimately in the pursuit of employer of choice status. Human Resources specialists and managers must possess specific knowledge and understand expert tools in order to strategically define, coordinate and manage staffing function. Such tools and knowledge comprise labor legislation expertise, market research skills, planning and budgeting competencies, recruitment tools expertise, interviewing skills, competencies in developing and using job and candidate assessment tools, competence in negotiating, etc. This course explains theoretical concepts and practical tools required in implementing and executing an effective staffing function (from recruiting and selecting new hires to managing their career growth and retention). Each topic will be introduced through a reading assignment (introduction to a specific topic, case study, discussion questions), which will set basis for a theoretical introduction to the topic. Each topic will be further elaborated by analyzing cases, solving problems and discussing experiences. Group project work will simulate real staffing manager job experience, together with role playing and in class presentations.

  • Intercultural Transformational Leadership (5 ECTS)

    This course examines the issue of leadership in the modern world in the light of the current global economic crisis, rapid economic development and underdevelopment in some countries and rapid globalization. The world is certainly in need of leaders who are able help transform organizations, communities and societies and who are able to work effectively with people inter-culturally and across cultures and/or sub-cultures, to encourage and facilitate creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship, in order to meet the challenges of this uncertain and rapidly changing world. Students will discuss the importance of ethics and social responsibility in applying transformational leadership. They will discuss how important morality is for the followers. Also they will critically and analytically assess their work situations by choosing to work on the most appropriate project relating to their company or workplace. They will have the opportunity to critically and analytically assess the contribution of their peers during work groups. Students will also write a reflection paper where they critically and analytically ponder on what they have learnt while working on the project.

  • Measurement Application in Human Resource Management (5 ECTS)

    This course will prepare students for measurement in Human Resource Management (HRM). Upon the completion of the course students will understand the importance, complexity and challenges of measurement in HRM. They will also develop skills for designing different measurement methods, such as ratios, questionnaires, focus groups etc. Students will learn how to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data, and how to present and use this data for decision-making in Human Resource Management. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, guest lectures by HRM professionals from business community, and a series of workshops. Students will have the opportunity to discuss differences between foreign and Croatian HRM practices. Furthermore, students will need to develop solutions suitable for their own work settings. Students will also participate in in-class discussions on different HR measurement topics and critically analyze and discuss Croatian HR measurement practices that will be presented by guest lecturers from the business community. Upon completion of the course students will be able to design a Human Resource metrics system for companies they work for. Students will design improvements in the HR metrics system of the companies they work for.

  • Project Management (5 ECTS)

    Efficient project management ensures that projects are done within deadlines and budgets, and achieve a satisfactory level of quality. The goal of the course is to introduce students to techniques needed for achieving these three goals. The basic issues and segments of project management that students will master are: the qualities of efficient project manager, typical responsibilities of a manager and a choice of a project, providing and developing projects; development of a detailed work and time plan as well as budget, creating a project team and keeping it together, managing, controlling the quality of the work on the project and risk management; communication between members of a project team, investors and managers; forecasting and avoiding potential problems; specific roles of support services (finances, marketing, procurement, IT support). The course introduces students to the basic concepts of project management. Effective management of projects ensures that they are completed on time, within budget and are of high quality. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with techniques needed to achieve these three goals. Basic topics and segments of project management that students will address in this course are: quality of an effective project manager, typical responsibilities of the project manager and project selection, preparation of the detailed work schedule and budget, creating a project team, management, quality control of the project; risk management and more.

  • Performance Measurement and Reward Systems (5 ECTS)

    This course is designed to provide graduate students with a solid theoretical foundation in the principles of performance measurement and reward systems, as well as an understanding of related contemporary human resource management strategies, practices and issues.  Performance measurement and rewards systems are integral components of a firm’s overall human resource ‘system’. These important aspects must be horizontally integrated with a firm’s HR strategy as well as vertically integrated with a firm’s overall business strategy. Consequently, this course is positioned to build synergy with other HR and management courses in the curriculum. Students will get familiar with and demonstrate knowledge from the field performance measurement and reward systems in general. More specifically, they will gain knowledge about performance measurement in the context of strategic management, get familiar with types of performance measurement and learn about their application in the real world. Regarding reward systems, students will gain knowledge about different types of rewards and their management as well as demonstrate their own employee recognition program.

Spring Semester (March – July)

  • Management of Change and Human Resources (5 ECTS)

    The first course, Management of Change and Human Resources, focuses on the micro aspect of change, as well as psychological resistance to change. In this course, you will cover the basic functions of human resource management by studying your own organization, by working with other, and by completing a project. You will also engage in an analysis of work places and job descriptions. The functions covered in this course include: recruiting, selection and introduction to the workplace, employee training, etc.

  • Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability (6 ECTS)

    In the Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Course, students will learn how to recognize moral dilemmas in business, fast formulation of solutions to these dilemmas, all in a transparent manner. Students will also engage in critical analysis of business cases and will learn to make transparent, ethical business decisions. The following concepts are covered in his course: ethical systems, ethical systems, ethical decision making in doing business- all in relation to customers, market, environment, procurement and international business. Furthermore, the place and role of a corporation will be analyzed in terms of its position with respect to culture, religion, tradition, government policy and legislation, etc.

  • Leadership (4 ECTS)

    Various types of leadership are crucial for the survival of any given organization. With practical examples and role playing, this course places an emphasis on motivation, understanding, interpersonal relationships, and models of communication, change management, listening skills, team work, conflict solution, negotiating, time management, goal setting and organizational values. The students will study different literature from the general filed of leadership and management. They will link theoretical knowledge with real business cases. They will apply leadership theories to address and solve real-life business problems, drawing from various aspects of leadership and management.  And they will make classroom presentations about the strengths and weaknesses of various leadership approaches. The students will study leadership and management literature and thus acquire necessary knowledge that will help them complete their homework, pass their exams, make classroom presentations, exercise in role plays.

  • Strategy (5 ECTS)

    The course is based on the following concepts and management strategies: developing a capacity for strategic thinking, estimating alternatives, forecasts and management of strategic change; connecting different managerial disciplines; reactions to acquisitions, outsourcing, decreasing the number of employees, joint ventures, strategic mergers; development, coordination and managing financial, physical and human resources; strategy models, competitive advantage, strategic op

  • Internship (3 ECTS)

    The aim of the internship is to enable students to apply academic knowledge and skills in a real business environment and to develop the accompanying independence, responsibility, and creativity necessary to perform business and work tasks in situations of practical business activities. Students are encouraged to connect their internship with the preparation of the graduate thesis in a way that through internship they apply the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies, but also in collecting and analyzing primary and secondary data and proposing recommendations based on that data.

  • Graduate Thesis (7 ECTS)

    The final step in graduate studies is writing a master thesis in the field chosen by the candidate and mentored by a professor teaching in this field. Before embarking on the research project, the candidate has to submit the proposal of his/her topic, including the methodology used in the research. The mentor assists the candidate in the course of his/her research project and the completion of his/her thesis.