Human Capital, Mobility and Diversity in Firms

STR445 Human Capital, Mobility and Diversity in Firms

Spring 2020

Autumn 2020
  • Topics

    The course provides business and economics students with a deeper understanding of (a) the operation of labour markets from the perspective of the firm and (b) gender differences in labour markets. We focus on two aspects:

    1. The input factor labour and the firm.
    2. Gender diversity and the firm.

    The course consists of three parts. Part I starts with a general introduction to labour markets, the input factor labour and firm production.  Part II covers topical issues related to gender diversity and firm outcomes.  Part III covers topics on diversity management.

    Part I: Firms and Labour markets

    1. Labour Supply and Labour Demand

    2. Human Capital and Mobility

    3. Labour Supply and the Household


    Part II: Gender diversity and firm outcomes

    1. Discriminatory behaviour

    2. Work and Family

    3. Segregation, mobility and careers

    4. Networks, mentors and role models

    5. Corporate governance


    Part III: Diversity Management

    1. Firm performance

    2. Management style

  • Learning outcome

    Students will obtain skills that are necessary, for example, to make strategic human capital decisions, such as recruitment, retention and training, and diversity management decisions.

    Upon completion of the course, the candidate:


    • has an understanding of how labor markets operate in relation to society and the firms
    • has broad knowledge of the relevant regulations such as anti-discrimination laws, family policies, gender quotas
    • has a deeper understanding of gender differences in labour markets and in firms
    • has knowledge of empirical evidence on important question related to the input factor labour and gender diversity


    • can apply academic knowledge and relevant results of research to practical problems and make well-founded choices
    • can reflect upon his/her own academic practice and adjust it during the dialogues with co-students in groups and in group discussion and discussion of case studies
    • can find, evaluate and refer to information and scholarly subject matter and present it in a manner that sheds light on the problem


    • can read empirical evidence that includes descriptive statistics and regression analysis output.
    • has insight into relevant professional issues of gender diversity and gender differences in the workplace
    • can communicate important subject matters such as models, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally
    • can exchange opinions and experiences with others with a background in the field, thereby contributing to the development of good practice

  • Teaching

    The course consists of lectures, case based discussions, group discussions and two written assignments.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Two group based assignments graded approved/not approved. The assignments contain situational questions and short cases that students are asked to solve in groups.

  • Assessment

    The total grade is based on a written school exam, 4 hours. The exam can be answered in English or Norwegian.

  • Grading Scale

    A - F

  • Computer tools


  • Literature

    - Blau, Francine D. and Anne E. Winkler (2018): The economics of women, men and work, eigth edition, Oxford University Press.

    -Selected articles and cases.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered Autumn 2019.

Course responsible

 Professor Astrid Kunze, Department of Economics.