HRM practical labs

Would you and your business like to make a valuable contribution to the bright young minds of the future? Come join our HRM practical labs and work with students, researchers and teachers on more sustainable and inspiring HR policies and practices.

The best ideas to improve your business may come from students that would love to get to know you and your business better. Employees ultimately determine the success of your business and our IHRM students are passionate about coming up with new ideas to improve your HRM policy and practices.

You may be struggling with one or more specific HRM related issues 

Not complex and long-running problems but a clear and straightforward problem that would benefit from a finished solution that can be put to immediate use, such as targeted training, realistic advice or an inspiring workshop. Advanced third-years students following an HRM or International HRM programme at Saxion are keen to start work in the HRM practical labs to find the right solution for your company.


Based on theory and tailored to your practice

The HRM practical lab is a place in which to experiment. A place where nothing is compulsory and anything is possible. Together with the business community, Saxion's students create inventive business solutions for current challenges in Human Resource Management, ranging from HRM solutions and workshops to scans, recommendations, and more. Your investment to help education become more practice-oriented will result in unexpected ideas and interesting tools that inspire you to improve your HR policy and practices. Based on theory and tailored to your practice. The best of both worlds!

A successful HRM solution in only four steps:

Formulate your HRM issue in just a few sentences and submit it to us. Do you need help with this? We will contact you!


We will then pass on your issue to one of our four HRM practical labs. This site explains to you what they are. You can be assured that the right HRM students will be assigned to tackle your specific issue. In fact, several groups will work on your problem so that you can choose from more than one solution. Of course, colleagues from your Human Resources department are also welcome to visit our Practical Lab.


We will inform you of our progress in the interim and make any necessary adjustments. The students will be closely supervised by experienced lecturers from Saxion which means that the time you need to invest is limited.


After a period of research lasting approximately ten weeks, the students will produce various types of output, ranging from HRM solutions and workshops to scans, recommendations, and more.



  • Submit a brief description of your idea for an assignment, issue, or design job to the staff at our internship and graduation office via e-mail or telephone (+31 (0)88 - 019 1301).
  • We will contact you to work out the specific details of the assignment. We will inform you about the starting level of the students and arrange with you the exact date on which the students can start the assignment. We will also discuss how much support is needed and can be provided by your company. The labs start in September or November each year. 
  • During the 2019-2020 academic year, only our international HRM students will be working in the labs. This means that the working language is English. Starting in September 2020, our Dutch HRM study programme will also begin working with practical labs. You can start submitting your issues now.

Discover Saxion's five HRM practical labs

Are you looking for help with your HR practices? Would you like to further tailor the role of HR professionalisation in your organisation to external and internal developments? A team of motivated and qualified students from the Strategic HRM Lab will be happy to explore the possibilities for you.

Strategy based on sound research. The results of the Strategic HRM Lab that are based on your issue will always be of benefit to you, whether in the form of sound advice, a practical workshop or inspiring new insights. You will be able to apply the results, based on sound research, to your strategic HRM challenges.
We look forward to researching your issue.
We'd like to invite you to submit your issue in relation to one of the following areas:

  • An analysis and recommendation for the effective set-up of your HR practices or the current or future role of HR professionals within your organisation.
  • Preparation of employees for future developments, such as changes in the work due to technology or new business processes.
  • Global HRM issues such as recruiting or onboarding international employees, global mobility, supporting intercultural teams and implementing a global HRM system

The analysis of HR data has been proven to provide added value. Nevertheless, the number of organisations implementing HR Analytics is still low. This situation can soon change for you.

Your challenge will be given priority. Is your organisation faced with challenges in the area of HR Analytics? Are you looking for help with this matter? As of September 2019, we will be introducing HR Analytics together with our third-year International HRM students! Together with a group of students, supervised by a lecturer or researchers, we invite you to sign up for this service. Over a period of ten weeks, you can make tangible progress in your HR Analytics.

We look forward to researching your issue.
We'd like to invite you to submit your issue in relation to one of the following areas:

  • An analysis of the current state and ambition relating to HR Analytics within your organisation. Plus, specific advice on how to tackle problems that may arise.
  • Does your organisation have the right competencies (skills, knowledge and attitude) to perform HR Analytics? Our practical advice will help you fill in any gaps professionally. 
  • Are you not making the most of your current HR data? We'll help you take the first step in HR data analysis. What can your data tell us? What data are we missing? Again, we will discuss any gaps and define further steps to take.
  • What data does your organisation actually want to collect? And why? Together we will take the first step towards creating a dashboard!

The only constant in business is change: technological changes, globalization, agility... The most important question for organizations is how they can adapt to this fast changing society.

Which processes need to be adapted? Which culture and structure fit well? How can we make people collaborate more in teams?  How can HR contribute to the development of an agile organization? In our Business Management Lab, international HRM students will help you to find answers to these questions in three focus areas:

  1. Team processes. Our students will provide you with insight into the concept of self-managing teams (SMT’s) and the process required to create them or improve their collaboration and communication.
  2. Business processes. Our students will analyze a business process and provide you with insight into efficiency principles, such as Lean Management or the impact of a technological change on a process.
  3. Organisational culture. For internationally focused organizations, students will explore the benefits and pitfalls of creating a culture of adaptability, diversity and inclusion.

In the Business Management Lab, students will involve members of your organization in a discovery intervention and provide you with feedback and actionable advice.

International HRM students will investigate the management style and behaviour of your first-line managers. Their research is linked to practical advice. This lab examines how leadership effectiveness can be improved from three perspectives:

  1. Contemporary leadership. Adaptable organizations develop increasingly complex structures to combine technical expertise and product innovation, often in cross-functional teams. Students will analyze your leadership processes and give advice on how first-line managers can function optimally in an agile organization.
  2. Innovative leadership. In adaptable organizations, work is often done in self-managing teams (SMT’s). Research shows that the success of SMT’s still depends on the actions of first-line managers. What is the relevance of their leadership and how do their tasks and responsibilities change, once organizations have decided to introduce SMT’s?
  3. HRM & line management. Adaptable organizations often decentralize HRM responsibilities to line managers. First-line managers are sometimes reluctant to perform their HRM tasks effectively. Our students will analyze the extent to which your first-line managers are effective 'people managers'.

In the Leadership Lab, students will share with you the latest theoretical insights in leadership and combine this with their research data in your organization. In their research report they will provide you with an advice.

Saxion University of Applied Sciences develops students with solid professional skills. Our Innovation Lab gives them the opportunity to discover themselves and the world. And the challenging setting of the Innovation Lab allows us to cater for their broad interests.

We teach them to think creatively and solve problems, enabling them to develop rapidly into ideal and surprising sparring partners for innovative companies. And we also spark their own entrepreneurial ambitions. To inspire our students, we look for entrepreneurs who are passionate about their field. Artists and writers. People willing to share their development with students. In short, companies with a story. Can you identify with this? The Innovation Lab can open doors for you.


Internship and graduation office
+31 (0)88 - 019 1301

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