The increasing number of cross-border alliances and mergers both within Europe and between Europe and other parts of the world have made it imperative for students of management to have a thorough understanding of the European context for human resource management (HRM). This book enables managers and students to become "fluent" in the many various environments, approaches and practices that exist across Europe for managing human resources.
The text employs comprehensive comparable representative data collected longitudinally during the last decade and it also draws directly on the expertise of leading HRM scholars. Entirely fresh analyses of HRM in Europe, based on new and hitherto unpublished data are presented and this analysis is critically important for students, researchers and also for practitioners.
The book is divided into three parts: concepts and theoretical issues , trends in relation to these issues and comparisons between individual countries, and summaries and conclusions on the issue of convergence and divergence.
This is an excellent book that provides the reader, academic and professional alike, with a wealth of highly credible information about human resource management in a wide-variety of European countries. All of the contributors are country experts and well recognized in the field of human resource management. As such they offer the reader many interesting insights about their specific countries. The editors in turn then lend their considerable years of expertise analyzing them in order to offer their own insights into the central thesis of the book: Is there evidence of convergence in HRM in Europe or not?
Professor Randall S. Schuler
Professor of International Human Resource Management
"This book is an enormously useful resource for the researcher and practitioner,as well as for students of European HR. It is difficult to imagine that thereis an HR manager -or indeed, an interested european general reader- who will not find something of value here".
(Jaime Bonache, Profesor Titular of HR at
Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, Spain).
'There has been a surge of interest in international HRM as the impact of globalisation is being felt on the way people are managed. This book is a very welcome and much needed addition to the body research and literature on IHRM. It addresses key issues for HRM in Europe and it's focus on a thorough evidence based approach means it goes beyond simplistic analysis. Its in depth country comparisons leads to concrete insights into current practice and provides a thorough context for IHRM in Europe for students and practitioners alike.'
Bob Morton,Head of HRD,Ciba Specialty Chemicals
HRM: a universal concept?
Paul Gooderham, Michael Morley, Chris Brewster and Wolfgang Mayrhofer.
The UK and Ireland: Traditions and Transitions in HRM.
Sarah Atterbury, Chris Brewster, Christine Communal, Christine Cross, Partrick Gunnigle and Michael Morley.
The Netherlands and Germany: Flexibility and Rigidity.
Bart Dietz, Job Hoogendoorn, Rudigr Kabst and Anja Schmetter.
HRM in Austria and Switzerland: Small countries - large differences.
Christiane Erten, Guido Strunk, Jean-Claude Gonzalez and Martin Hilb.
France and Belgium: Language, culture and differences in human resource practices.
Dirk Buyens, Françoise Dany,Koen Dewettinck and Bérénice Quinodon.
Spain and Portugal: Different paths to the same destiny
Rita Campos e Cunha, Carlos Obeso and Miguel Pina e Cunha.
Italy, Greece and Cyprus: HRM in the South-Eastern Mediterranean corner of the EU
Nancy Papalexandris and Eleni Stavrou-Costea.
Norway and Denmark: Siblings or Cousins?
Anna Patricia Rogaczewska, Henrik Holt Larsen, Odd Nordhaug, Erik Doving and Martin Gjelsvik.
Sweden and Finland: Small Countries with Large Companies:
Tina Lindeberg, Bo Manson and Sinikka Vanhala.
Bulgaria and the Czech Republic: countries in transition.
Josef Koubek and Elizabeth Vatchkova.
Estonia and Slovenia: Building Modern HRM using a dualist approach.
Ruth Alas and Ivan Svetlik.
Turkey and Israel: HRM as a reflection of society
Amnon Caspi, Batia Ben-Hador, Jacob Weisberg, Cavide Uyargil, Gonen Dundar and V. Lale Tuzuner.
Conclusions: Convergence, stasis, or divergence?
Wolfgang Mayrhofer, Michael Morley and Chris Brewster.