Curriculum - Zagreb School of Economics and Management


First semester (September – February)

Recruitment and Selection5Mirna Koričan Lajtman, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Project Management5Siniša Krajnović, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Darko Jureković, MSc, Croatia
Nenad Marjanović, PMP, Croatia
Performance Measurement in HRM5Julie Felker, PhD, University of Michigan, USA
Andrijana Mušura Gabor, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Measurement Application in HRM5Ivona Škreblin Kirbiš, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Strategies for Managing Human Resources5Mirna Koričan Lajtman, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Intercultural Transformational Leadership5Li Choy Chong, PhD, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Mirna Koričan Lajtman, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia

Second semester (March – July)

Management of Change and Human Resources5Randy Richards, PhD, St. Ambrose University, USA
Ivona Škreblin Kirbiš, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Leadership4Dan Ebener, PhD, St. Ambrose University, USA
Borna Jalešnjak, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Strategy5Dino Dogan, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Mato Njavro, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Zlatko Mateša, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability3Kristijan Krkač, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Borna Jalšenjak, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Igor Matutinović, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia
Electronic Business Management5Alen Šimec, PhD, ZSEM, Croatia

Course description


The first course, Management of Change and Human Resources, focuses on the microaspect of change, as well as psychological resistance to change. In this course, you will cover the basic functions of human resource management by studying your own organization, by working with other, and by completing a project. You will also engage in an analysis of work places and job descriptions. The functions covered in this course include: recruiting, selection and introduction to the workplace, employee training, etc.


This course will focus on e-business technologies and e-business theories that are applicable in today’s business environment. Students will, through practical examples, master current e-business concepts, and will learn to build web applications.


Various types of leadership are crucial for the survival of any given organization. With practical examples and role playing, this course places an emphasis on motivation, understanding, interpersonal relationships, and models of communication, change management, listening skills, team work, conflict solution, negotiating, time management, goal setting and organizational values.


The course is based on the following concepts and management strategies: developing a capacity for strategic thinking, estimating alternatives, forecasts and management of strategic change; connecting different managerial disciplines; reactions to acquisitions, outsourcing, decreasing the number of employees, joint ventures, strategic mergers; development, coordination and managing financial, physical and human resources; strategy models, competitive advantage, strategic options.


The goal of this course is to have students apply theory in a simulation game. Students will learn how recruitment decisions, employee promotions, education and other factors affect the market position of a company, and what are the consequences for employee motivation, employee turnover, etc. This course will contain the HRManagement simulation.


In the Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability Course, students will learn how to recognize moral dilemmas in business, fast formulation of solutions to these dilemmas, all in a transparent manner. Students will also engage in critical analysis of business cases and will learn to make transparent, ethical business decisions. The following concepts are covered in his course: ethical systems, ethical systems, ethical decision making in doing business- all in relation to customers, market, environment, procurement and international business. Furthermore, the place and role of a corporation will be analyzed in terms of its position with respect to culture, religion, tradition, government policy and legislation, etc.


Efficient project management ensures that projects are done within deadlines and budgets, and achieve a satisfactory level of quality. The goal of the course is to introduce students to techniques needed for achieving these three goals. The basic issues and segments of project management that students will master are: the qualities of efficient project manager, typical responsibilities of a manager and a choice of a project, providing and developing projects; development of a detailed work and time plan as well as budget, creating a project team and keeping it together, managing, controlling the quality of the work on the project and risk management; communication between members of a project team, investors and managers; forecasting and avoiding potential problems; specific roles of support services (finances, marketing, procurement, IT support).


The course prepares students to perform various measurements in HRM.Through case studies, individual and group tasks, on completion of the course, students will be able to conduct a variety of qualitative and quantitative research, analyze and interpret data.


This course studies leadership in the modern world in the context of the recent economic crisis, the rapid change and lack of development of some countries in the context of globalization. It also examines how leaders are needed to solve today’s problems, while discussing the evolutionary process of creating transformational leaders who will lead people towards a common and shared vision.


The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the methods of performance measurement and explain the importance of the human resources role in organization. Also, the course will examine the topics of motivation and reward, while the third part of the course will study teamwork and improving the performance of teams. The course will study the importance of connecting these functions with a horizontal strategy department of human resources and vertical strategy of the entire organization.


During this course, students will familiarize themselves with the important functions of human resources, as well as basic sources of recruitment and methods of selection. Through cases and class projects they will adopt knowledge needed for practical use. Group projects will simulate the process of filling job vacancies and problems encountered in practice where, through team role-play, students will have the opportunity to practice decision making.


The final step in the graduate studies is writing a master thesis in the field chosen by the candidate and mentored by a professor teaching in this field. Before embarking on the research project, the candidate has to submit the proposal of his/her topic, including the methodology used in research. The mentor assists the candidate in the course of his/her research project and completion of his/her thesis.

What students say about ZSEM?

Vitor Duarte

Professors at ZSEM are great since they resort to several innovative teaching methods, and most of the times I was able to learn from their personal experiences on the market. All of these made me feel very interested in the courses I was taking at the time and made me want to go for further knowledge.

Sid Eshuis

I like best that it's a small school and also the teaching style - during lectures and seminars we work on real case studies. There's not too much theory and everything is very practice oriented, which is very different from my university back home.

Matea Sokolar

From the beginning I had very high expectations about the MBA program at ZSEM, including both the subject courses and the professors. The thing that I liked the most was the way of teaching, especially from the international professors who encourage each lecture to have discussions and where students are encouraged to give their opinions. I also liked that the professors gave real life examples in class. Another thing that I liked about the program is that in both semesters, there were many international students so I had the opportunity to make friends from all over the world.

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