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Human Resource Managemant II


Class code etc
Faculty/Graduate school GBP (Global Business Program)
Attached documents
Year 2022
Class code A5516
Previous Class code
Previous Class title
Term 春学期授業/Spring
Day/Period 火2/Tue.2
Class Type
Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
Classroom name 各学部・研究科等の時間割等で確認
Grade 2~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
Open Program (Notes)
Global Open Program
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers
Interdepartmental class taking system for Academic Achievers (Notes)
Class taught by instructors with practical experience
Urban Design CP
Diversity CP
Learning for the Future CP
Carbon Neutral CP
Chiyoda Campus Consortium
Category 専門教育科目/Business Administration Courses
専門科目/Intermediate/Advanced Courses of Business Administration

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Outline and objectives

This course is intended to introduce students to the field of human resource management (HRM). Students learn theories and applications involved in effectively managing people in organizations.
Unlike many other fields in business and economics, policies and practices of HRM are influenced greatly by country-specific factors such as labor law, social customs, economic development stage and workforce structure. So, I will spend most time in explaining Japanese cases. But some common theories and international comparative perspectives are introduced as well.
More specifically, HRM II covers such topics as dismissal, job design, and labor-management relations. Furthermore, some current topics in HRM are covered, such as effects of aging and diminishing workforce, non-regular workers, diversity management, work/life balance and globalization.


Successful students will acquire basic knowledge of HRM in Japanese firms, as well as problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in the field of human resources and organizations, both of which are applicable to all types of organizations and jobs in which students will eventually work.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

This course is strongly related to the "DP2-2", "DP3" and "DP4" diploma policies and fairly related to the "DP1-1" and "DP1-3" policies.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

In case it is feasible to have face-to-face lectures in a real classroom, my lecture and the discussion among students will be the main method. I count on "Hoppii" to distribute course materials and occasionally ask students to submit written assignments. Those assignments will be returned to the students with my comments.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face


1[対面/face to face]:Review of HRM I and Introduction to HRM II

Review of HRM I and the overview of HRM II

2[対面/face to face]:Separation (1)

Economic and legal perspectives

3[対面/face to face]:Separation (2)

More practical aspects

4[対面/face to face]:Separation (3)

Mandatory retirement in Japan

5[対面/face to face]:External Workforce

Outsourcing and temp agency workers

6[対面/face to face]:Job Design

Theory and practices

7[対面/face to face]:Tips for Case Studies in HRM

Useful knowledge to discuss cases in HRM

8[対面/face to face]:Discussion on a Case Study

A case on work-life balance

9[対面/face to face]:Diversity Management

Theory and empirical evidence

10[対面/face to face]:Working Hours

Situations in Japan and its regulations

11[対面/face to face]:Industrial Relations (1)

Union activities

12[対面/face to face]:Industrial Relations (2)

Labor disputes and the resolution systems

13[対面/face to face]:High-Commitment HRM

Theory and practices

14[対面/face to face]:HRM System in Japan

The wrap-up of the course and future directions

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each. Before each class, read through course materials and find places where you have questions. During and after the class, you should clarify all the questions, and submit occasional assignments diligently.


I do not use any textbooks which students need to purchase. Instead, I will use my own handouts and data sets. But just for your reference, many of my course materials are based on the followings.


・ Baron, James N. and David M. Kreps (1999) Strategic Human Resources. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. This is an excellent MBA-level textbook of HRM, whose methodology is blend of economics and organizational behavior.
・ Lazear, Edward P. (1998) Personnel Economics for Managers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
・ Lazear, Edward P. and Michael Gibbs (2015) Personnel Economics in Practice (3rd edition). Wiley. These two are readable textbooks of “personnel economics” by its pioneers.
・ Although contents written in English are limited, you could find useful information in the following site of the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training:
・ Some important Japanese laws are translated into English. See the following site:

Grading criteria

The final grade will be based on writing assignments during the semester (80%). The participation in the class is counted as well (20%). I will not conduct an in-class final exam separately.

Changes following student comments

I will encourage students to participate more actively in class.

Equipment student needs to prepare

I regularly use Hoppii to upload course materials and to direct course assignments.


HRM I (Fall) and II (Spring) are taught in a sequential manner. So, it is recommended to take both courses in this order if that is possible. Some basic knowledge of economics and organizational behavior is preferred, but not required.
The instructor used to work for the Ministry of Labour of Japan in the 1980s as labor economists. Such knowledge and experiences will be used occasionally.


Among GBP subjects, the followings are closely related to this subject although they are not prerequisites: Introduction to Organizational Management, Introduction to Japanese Economy, Organizational Management I/II and Organizational Behavior I/II.

Upon threat level change

Please note that the teaching approach may vary according to which threat level we are at: at level 1, this course will be held on campus, though at level 2, it will be held online.