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Essentials of International Human Resource Management

Essentials of International Human Resource Management
Managing People Globally

July 2013 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
With increasing globalization comes the need to understand human resource management (HRM) more broadly across countries, cultures, institutions, and organizational types. Designed to help readers explore and understand the key concepts and latest research behind the strategic management of people in organizations that operate in a global context, this accessible book provides concise coverage of HRM concepts, balancing comparative approaches and US and non-US schools of thought. Not limited to the multinational firm, the book reflects the most current knowledge in the field and considers all types of organizations embedded in the global context. Chapter-opening vignettes (short cases) exemplify the chapter’s core topics and show readers how chapter content can be applied. Extensive references make it easy for readers to explore concepts in more depth.

List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 1. Globalization and Human Resource Management
Chapter 2. Cultural and Institutional Context of Global Human Resource Management
Chapter 3. Organizational Context of Global HRM
Chapter 4. Transfer of HRM Across Boundaries
Chapter 5. HRM in International Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Collaborative Alliances
Chapter 6. Global Staffing
Chapter 7. Global Human Resource Development
Chapter 8. Global Performance Management and Compensation
Chapter 9. International Mobility and Global Careers
Chapter 10. International Employee Representation and Corporate Social Responsibility
Chapter 11. Emerging Issues in Global HRM
Appendix: GLOBE Country Scores
About the Authors


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  • A bank of 15 multiple choice questions for each chapter in Microsoft Word provides you with the opportunity to use pre-written questions or personalize them to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
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"Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing
People Globally is a must-read for anyone studying or
managing human talent in a global context.  Written by leading experts in
the field, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone needing cutting-edge
knowledge in international human resource management." 

Paula Caligiuri
D'Amore-McKim School of Business Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University

"This is a timely book delivering what it says in the title: essentials of IHRM. Its contextualized perspective gives it a unique flavor. A must read for students and practitioners of IHRM alike."

Wolfgang Mayrhofer
WU Vienna, Austria

“Adopting a truly global perspective, Essentials of International Human Resource Management by Thomas and Lazarova, provides a first rate account of the anatomy of this evolving field. In incorporating insights garnered from international, comparative and cross-cultural lenses, the authors unearth the explanatory power of contextualism and demonstrate the true value of a ‘levels of analysis’ approach.  Illustrative case studies serve to augment the theoretical material making it an indispensable resource for any student of IHRM.”

Michael J Morley
Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

A very general approach to IHRM. I would like to see more case studies.

Dr Antoinette Saint hilaire
Management, Greenwich University
February 2, 2015

A comprehensive and relevant book that helps in facilitating a more grounded and global understanding of existing challenges in the field IHRM

Dr Abdoulie Sallah
Business School, Staffordshire University
November 13, 2014

I would have adopted this textbook for my May 2014 course if there were supplementary materials for the instructor. I plan to use this textbook in another HR related course where I will have time to prepare my own instructor materials in advance.

Dr Mike Guerra
Business Admin Economics Prog, Lincoln University
February 26, 2014

This is a book a global HRM manager as well as a lecturer or a researcher should have in his bag or in the library in a HE institution. It deals with all the pertinent issues and subject theory in details in the context of interconnected global business place.

Dr Halpege Gunetilleke
International Business School, University of West London
September 22, 2013

Good Companion text to International Business

Dr Emmanuel Nkwenti
School Of Business, New Mexico Highlands University
August 12, 2013
Key features


  • Practical examples that bring concepts to life are offered through introductory vignettes that set the stage for each chapter.
  • A more pluralistic view of HRM is reflected in the balanced coverage of US and non-US schools of thought.
  • The cultural, institutional, and organizational contexts of HRM are explored.
  • Cases at the end of the book reinforce concepts presented.
  • A set of discussion questions at the end of each chapter help readers master and/or apply key points.

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