The majority of current business reports mentions that employees are the company’s most valuable resource. There are a number of good reasons for this assessment. For example, the major significance of the workforce in organizations, and the human capital they embody, can be seen in the increasing importance of knowledge in modern economies.
Successful companies and institutions invest considerable amounts of money in training, and further education, and meticulously choose job candidates. They are also aware of the importance of quality in decision making and practices in personnel management as a critically competitive factor. The focus of operational personnel work in these organizations is business-oriented rather than function-oriented, customer-oriented rather than internally oriented, proactive rather than reactive, broad in scope rather than narrow, de-centrally rather than centrally based, and finally, problem-oriented rather than standardized.
The chair stays abreast of these changed conditions within the framework of broad and strategically oriented human resource management. We strive to develop generalists who possess more than just specific competencies in the area of personnel management. Students learn to interpret human resource management and leadership from an interdisciplinary, theoretical perspective and in conjunction with societal, organizational and individual demands.
Our approach to research is theory-based, and empirical. The goal of our research is to produce high quality research results that contain explanatory and organizational guidelines that are recognized by the scientific community and have a practical application.
Our research interests focus on the organization of the operational processes involved in the generation and distribution of knowledge, the formation of governance structures to facilitate creative processes, issues dealing with compensation, the employee selection process and motivation. We address these topics in an application-oriented manner, i.e. within the context of a specific branch of industry. Practical fields of application thus far have been universities, consultancies, internet start-ups, professional sports leagues, as well as the film and music industries.