Human resource management (HRM) is the predominant apparatus for people management across the world. Since its inception, HRM has nevertheless been subjected to critical scrutiny. This work has produced a corpus of literature now referred to as ‘Critical HRM’.
This book on Critical HRM traces the development of the critical scholarly tradition in people management. It analyzes, organizes and synthesizes the various perspectives, ideas and arguments that constitute this critical tradition. The book identifies the current status and future trends of Critical HRM, and explores its ethico-political role in contemporary organizations, especially in the context of widespread public concern about making business more ethical. Incorporating under-researched and emerging issues of people management, such as the Global South and Critical HRM, with more established themes of Critical HRM, this book introduces Critical HRM’s critique of mainstream HRM and its underpinning assumptions. It illustrates how interventions have the potential to transform organizational policies and practices of managing people at work.
The book will be of interest to professionals, researchers, and academics focusing on critical issues in people management across the Global South and North.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. The Factory System, Personnel Management, HRM: A genealogy 3. This Thing called HRM: A critical introduction 4. The Language of HRM: Beyond the rhetoric/reality dualism 5. Gender and Critical HRM: Feminist critics’ account of HRM 6. Michel Foucault and Critical HRM: Towards a Foucauldian analysis of people management 7. The Global South and Critical HRM: The ambivalence of HRM 8. Ethics and Critical HRM: A rethinking of the (im-)possibility of ethics in HRM 9. Mobility, Diversity and HRM: A revisit 10. Conclusion
Dhammika Jayawardena is Senior Lecturer in Management and Organizational Behavior at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.