Human Capital, Mobility and Diversity in Firms

STR445 Human Capital, Mobility and Diversity in Firms

  • Topics


     The course consists of three parts. Part I starts with a general introduction to labour markets, the input factor labour and firm production. The lectures build on textbook material. Part II covers topical issues related to gender diversity and firms¿ outcomes. Book material as well as selected empirical articles are used. Part III concludes by topics on diversity management. Case studies and group discussions supplement the material in parts II and III.

    Part I: Firms and Labour markets

    1. Labour Supply and labour demand

    2. Human Capital (formal education and on the job training)

    3. Labour supply and the household


    Part II: Gender diversity and firms¿ 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

    Learning outcome

    The goals of the course are to provide business and economics students with a deeper understanding of how labour markets operate in society and in relation to firms. We focus on:

    1. The input factor labour and the firm.
    2. How gender diversity affects the firm.

    Knowledge - 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

    Skills - The candidate...

    • 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

    Competence - The candidate...

    • 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



    2 group assignments and 2 classes

    Case discussions

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    Two group based assignments that will be evaluated pass/fail. The assignments contain cases that students are asked to solve in groups.

  • Assessment


    The total grade is based on a written school exam, 4 hours.

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading scale A ¿ F.

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools


  • Semester



  • Literature


    - Blau, Francine D., Marianne A. Ferber and Anne E. Winkler (2014): The economics of women, men and work, seventh edition.

    -Selected articles and cases.


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Teaching language

Course responsible

 Astrid Kunze