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Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management
Key Concepts and Skills

November 1993 | 238 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"The style of presentation of the book is unique since a good deal of the information has been presented in a tabular form. The text includes a number of examples drawn from interviews and discussions carried out in organizations which makes it interesting.... The book would be useful to students and practitioners." --Vikalpa Meeting the clear need for a substantial but accessible introduction to Human Resource Management (HRM), this major new textbook addresses the practice of HRM within the context of the key literature, research, and debates of the field. Human Resource Management focuses on what is most relevant and useful to line managers at the policy/strategic and day-to-day level; combines knowledge- and research-based material with an introduction to key skills and techniques; contains numerous discussion question appendices; and draws on international material to consider HRM development in Europe, America, and elsewhere. The first part of the book looks at the origins of HRM and what is meant by "strategic" HRM; HRM and personnel management; competitiveness and international differences in approaches to HRM; and organizational culture, change, and HRM. Succeeding chapters explore the implementation of an HRM approach in such areas as selection, appraisal, career management, and employee participation. The book concludes with a final overview of current key concerns and debates about HRM, and considers some of its likely future developments.

Competitive Strategy and Human Resource Management
Organizational Culture and Change
The Selection Decision
Appraising Employees
Reward and Compensation Systems
Career Management and Development
Employee-Management Communications
Employee Participation, Small Group Activities and Team Working
Squaring the Circle?
Teaching Material


`A penetrating analysis of the modern Human Resources Management scene. Essential reading for students and practitioners alike, from an author constantly in touch with the leading international companies and their Human Resource issues.' - Mike Pugh, Head of Human Resources, SONY Manufacturing UK

`Phil Beaumont's text reflects his approach to teaching - well informed, interesting and practically relevant. Every chapter has something useful to say about the current key issues in HRM. Our MBA students have found it to be one of the best of the available texts in the field.' - Graeme Martin, Director, Dundee Business School, Dundee Institute of Technology

`One of the main strengths of this book is the way in which it highlights that despite the enthusiasm generated for initiatives such as TQM and single status conditions, very little systematic empirical evidence actually exists to demonstrate the real benefits in terms of improved organisational functioning. This is a reasonably comprehensive and thought provoking book, as instead of attempting to provide simplistic and prescriptive 'toolbox' notions of HRM practice, the author draws attention to the current state of research and varying organisational experiences of HRM to illustrate the complexity of the issues. As the author himself suggests, he set the ambitious target of, in addition to providing practice advice, presenting material that had some foundation in empirical research. On the whole this balance has been reasonably well achieved.' - The Occupational Psychologist

`Most of the texts available, however, either offer prescriptions for action usually unsupported by research evidence, or theoretical analysis and research monographs that do not spell out the implications of their findings for practice. A book, therefore, which attempts to integrate the two approaches and which is based on the experience of teaching MBA students and line managers is particularly welcome.... As a discussion of current knowledge and the debates surrounding HRM, the book has much to recommend it. It brings together a wealth of empirical work with a critical discussion of current HRM practice.... what this textbook does well is to discuss critically the current state of knowledge with regard to HRM, and provide some advice on good practice. It will certainly be of considerable use to the management students for whom it was designed and of interest to anyone involved in the growing business of human resource management' - Work, Employment and Society

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