Checking date: 15/01/2019

Course: 2018/2019

Master's Thesis
Study: Master in Human Resources (276)

Coordinating teacher: STIRPE , LUIGI

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Business Administration

Type: Master Final Project
ECTS Credits: 12.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
In order to develop a sound Final Master Thesis, students should have completed the following courses: - Managing and leading people - Strategic management - International strategic management - Organizational Behavior - Comparative HR - Financial management - Commercial management - Production management - Accounting - Selection and development - Managing Employee Attitudes and Behavior - Research methods and topics in HR
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
The Final Master Thesis is a unique opportunity to acquire the following competences and skills: - Identify relevant information sources on HR issues - Analyze and synthesize information on HR issues - Strategies for qualitative and quantitative data analysis - Develop an original well founded dissertation on HR issues - Present and defend one's own arguments on HR issues
Description of contents: programme
Students will be required to work on their Master Thesis from the second term on. Each student will be supervised at least by one member of the faculty.
Learning activities and methodology
To develop the Master Thesis, students may employ a variety of methods in combination, such as: - The reading of relevant documents (e.g., book chapters, academic papers, handbooks, reports) on the HR issues to be studied; - Qualitative research tools, such as interviews with relevant informants (e.g., employees, managers); - Quantitative research tools, such as surveys.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 30
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 70
Basic Bibliography
  • Bryman A. & Bell E. . Business Research Methods, 3rd edition . Oxford University Press. 2011
  • Collis J. & Hussey R. . Business Research: A Practical guide for undergraduates and postgraduate students, 3rd Edition. Palgrave Macmillan. 2009
  • Cottrell S. . Critical Thinking Skills: Developing effective analysis and argument. Palgrave MacMillan. 2005
  • Maylor H. and Blackmon K. . Researching Business and Management. Palgrave. 2005
  • Peter M. Nardi . Doing Survey Research. Routledge. 2013
Additional Bibliography
  • Silverman D.. Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook. Sage. 1999
Detailed subject contents or complementary information about assessment system of B.T.
Additional information

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.