Universität Wien

040220 SE Seminar Organization and Personnel (MA) (2020W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


1 Vetschera , Moodle
2 Fabel , Moodle


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).
Registration information is available for each group.


Group 1

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

max. 24 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the COVID pandemic, only the first unit will be a physical presence unit. All other units will be provided as online sessions.

If you cannot participate in the first unit because
- you belong to the risk group or live in a household with a person from the risk group,
- you are infected / suspect to be infected / are under quarantine,
- entry into Austria is not possible due to the COVID-related reasons,
please contact the instructor as soon as possible to find an alternative solution.

If you participate in the on-site session, please remember that you should comply with the distance and hygiene rules, as well as the procedures for contact tracing.

For the general information regarding the organization of studies in WS20/21 please refer to https://wiwi.univie.ac.at/en/service/studiesservicecenter/information-on-changes-due-to-coronavirus/studying-in-the-winterterm-202021/.

Monday 12.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 4 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Monday 19.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 16.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Monday 23.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 30.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 07.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 14.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 11.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 18.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 25.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital

Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar is devoted to current topics in organization theory, specific topics will be announced and assigned in the first unit. In addition to this substantive element, the seminar also serves as a training in writing scientific papers, to prepare you for writing the Master thesis.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students must prepare written papers (in groups of at most two students) and present them to class. A first draft of the paper has to be handed in one week before presentation. Papers may be revised to create a final version (due at the end of the semester) after presentation. For each paper, two discussants will be assigned who have to prepare a brief (about one page) discussion statement on their colleague's work. Active participation in classroom discussion will also be evaluated.

The total score for the course is therefore based on:

Seminar paper (55%)

Presentation (20%)

Discussion paper (15%)

Active participation in discussions (10%)

All papers submitted will be checked for plagiarism and rules the rules published on our homepage will be strictly enforced.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The goal of the seminar is twofold: the substantive goal is to develop insights into central questions of organization theory using current literature. Furthermore, students write and present their own papers based on scientific results, this will prepare them for their work on the master thesis.
50% of the total course points are required to pass the course

Reading list

Initial literature will be provided. Students are expected to perform their own literature research and include additional references in their papers.

Group 2

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at

max. 24 participants
Language: English
LMS: Moodle


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 09.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 23.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 06.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 13.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 20.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 27.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 04.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 11.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 18.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 08.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 22.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Friday 29.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital

Aims, contents and method of the course

Seminar theme: Issues in Compensation Policy
Compensating employees means more than writing paychecks. An employee’s compensation actually comprises everything that he or she values and accepts in exchange for supplying labor, i. e. effort and time. From a manager’s perspective compensation costs are decisive in determining employment. Thus, compensation policy must respond to changes in employees’ valuations of job characteristics while, at the same time, controlling compensation costs. In this seminar, we will take a look at the determinants of compensation policy, a rather classic topic in personnel management.

Assessment and permitted materials

General information:
(1) The seminar will take place digitally at specified dates and times.
(2) There will be an introductory meeting of this seminar . During this meeting, we will check the topic assignments. Thus, attendance is absolutely necessary.
(3) Seminar papers must use 11 pica letter size and one and half line spacing. Papers must be written in English. They must use appropriate citation and reference rules and obey the general ethical principles of scientific work. Students consult the online course directory for information on due-days and deadlines. PDF copies of the seminar papers must be send to the OPIM’s office (to the hands of Ms Elke Pendl, elke.pendl@univie.ac.at) via email.
(4) Presentation: If two students are assigned to the same topic, they must coordinate on a joint presentation. The “working language” during seminar sessions is English. The maximum time per presentation is 45 minutes for a single presenter and one hour for a joint presentation. The sequence of presentations strictly follows the numbering of topics in the list above. Students are expected to prepare supporting slides and/or hand-outs and to speak “freely” during their presentations.
(5) Every student must individually submit a seminar paper. The seminar paper contains:
- A brief introduction of the seminar’s main theme and line of discussion;
- Sections of one to (maximum) one and half page length which provide an “executive summary” of the classroom presentation, discussion, and base articles (see the above list of papers). The latter constitutes the only source of information if, for whatever reason, a topic cannot be presented and discussed in class.
- A brief concluding section which summarizes the student’s understanding of the seminar discussions.
- A reference list.
Please notice: Any type of copying, including copying from fellow students’ presentation slides and/or seminar papers, constitutes misconduct and will result in receiving the no-pass grade “X”. Direct citations from original scientific work which are properly marked constitute the only exceptions from this rule.
(6) Students are expected to prepare for class. They are required to actively participate in the classroom discussions and should be aware that the lecturer can call upon them for comments at any time during the seminar. In particular, they can be asked to introduce the session’s topic as it relates to the seminar’s general theme.
(7) Complete attendance of each session of the seminar, including the preparatory meeting, is obligatory. Absolutely no exceptions apply. In case, internet problems prevent the student’s participation, they are required to provide their log-on protocol as proof. Leaves will only be granted in cases of illnesses or if the person demanding a leave is required to participate in an official activity of the University, Faculty, or Institute. In the first case, the doctor’s medical certificate must be presented to the OPIM immediately (i. e. latest by the first working day following the absence day). Failure to comply with this rule leads to a no-pass grade. Passing grades can generally not be earned by students who miss more than 10% of the total class-time.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The final grade will be calculated as the weighted average of the grades for the seminar paper (40 %), for the presentation (40 %), and for classroom participation (20 %).
Please note that all of your submissions may be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin.

Reading list

In order to follow the seminar, students should read the relevant chapters of the textbook
DeVaro, Jed, Strategic Compensation and Talent Management: Lessons for Managres, Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Presentations and term papers specifically deal with the following themes and are to be based on the respective initiating literature recommendations:
1. Costs and benefits of employer reputation
Benson, Alan, Aaron Sojourner, and Akhmed Umyarov (2020). "Can reputation discipline the gig economy? Experimental evidence from an online labor market." Management Science 66, 1802-1825.
2. Compensating wage differentials
DeVaro, Jed, and Nan L. Maxwell (2014). "The elusive wage-benefit trade-off: The case of employer-provided health insurance." International Journal of Industrial Organization 37, 23-37.

3. Employee protection law

Neumark, D., Burn, I., Button, P., & Chehras, N. (2019). Do state laws protecting older workers from discrimination reduce age discrimination in hiring? Evidence from a field experiment. The Journal of Law and Economics, 62(2), 373-402.

4. Temporary workforces

Hatton, E. (2014). Temporary weapons: Employers' use of temps against organized labor. ILR Review, 67(1), 86-110.

5. Complementarities in HR policies

Aral, S., Brynjolfsson, E., & Wu, L. (2012). Three-way complementarities: Performance pay, human resource analytics, and information technology. Management Science, 58(5), 913-931.

6. Intrinsic motivation and skill acquisition

DeVaro, J., Maxwell, N., & Morita, H. (2017). Training and intrinsic motivation in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 139, 196-213.

7. Performance pay and tenure

Demougin, D., & Fabel, O. (2019). The Nexus between Contract Duration and the Use of Formal and Informal Incentive Pay. LABOUR, 33(3), 351-370.

8. Pay for non-performance

Shi, W., Connelly, B. L., & Sanders, W. G. (2016). Buying bad behavior: Tournament incentives and securities class action lawsuits. Strategic Management Journal, 37(7), 1354-1378.

9. The value of fringe benefits

Artz, B. (2010), "Fringe benefits and job satisfaction", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 31 No. 6, pp. 626-644.

10. Non-compete contracts

Balasubramanian, N., Chang, J. W., Sakakibara, M., Sivadasan, J., & Starr, E. (2020). Locked in? The enforceability of covenants not to compete and the careers of high-tech workers. Journal of Human Resources, 1218-9931R1.

11. Exclusion from reward

Croson, R., Fatas, E., Neugebauer, T., & Morales, A. J. (2015). Excludability: A laboratory study on forced ranking in team production. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 114, 13-26.

12. Negotiating pay

Exley, C. L., Niederle, M., & Vesterlund, L. (2020). Knowing when to ask: The cost of leaning in. Journal of Political Economy, 128(3), 816-854.


Examination topics

Preparation and presentation of student's own papers based on literature, classroom discussion

Association in the course directory

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