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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Human Resource Management

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Human Resource Management

First Edition

January 2017 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Engaging and entertaining in equal measure, Human Resource Management is a book about work, the people who do it and the way they are managed (and mismanaged). Raising issues that are often neglected in typical HRM texts, such as work intensification and unemployment; it explores the realities of work, workers, and the communities that are affected by HRM policy and practice. Grugulis draws on current research to provide a critical and reflective overview of the key debates in HRM today.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for students of HRM, professionals working in organizations and anyone with an interest in the nature of human resources.

Chapter 1: Human Resource Management
Chapter 2: Is HRM strategic?
Chapter 3: Skills and Training
Chapter 4: Pay and Reward
Chapter 5: Flexible Work and Flexible Workers
Chapter 6: Employee Voice
Chapter 7: Service Work
Chapter 8: HRM and the Future of Work

This is a grounded, critical and well thought through introduction to the subject. It is conscious of major debates yet able to explain them in a subtle and meaningful way.  The book presents the reader with the tensions and realities of HRM, inviting them to realise the ways in which management is structured in relation to workers.

Miguel Martinez Lucio
Professor at the University of Manchester

This is a wonderfully entertaining and student-friendly introduction to Human Resource Management. It is a real page-turner, full of vivid examples from well-known organisations. It is argumentative and challenging in tone, and as a result far more fun and enlightening to read than most introductory books.

Nick Bacon
Professor of HRM, CASS Business School, City University London

It is more than "fairly interesting" - it warrants a position on every HR professional's book shelf...Grugulis presents the reader with genuine insight into the tensions and realities of HRM in today's organisations. Choose a chapter that reflects your particular interest vis HR and take a look - it will hook you in to read the rest and, hopefully, get you thinking.

Dr Rick Holden
IFTDO - International Federation of Training and Development Organisations

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 4: Pay and Reward