2nd Edition

Human Resource Management A Critical Approach

    450 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    450 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Despite over three decades of debate around the nature of human resource management (HRM), its intellectual boundaries and its application in practice, the field continues to be dogged by a number of theoretical and practical limitations.

    Written by an international team of respected scholars, this updated textbook adopts a critical perspective to examine the core management function of HRM in all its complexity – including its darker sides.

    Human Resource Management: A Critical Approach opens with a critique of the very concept of HRM, tracing its development over time, and then systematically analyses the context of HRM, practice of HRM and international perspectives on HRM. New chapters commissioned for this second edition look at HRM and the issues of diversity, migration, global supply chains and economic crisis.

    This textbook is essential reading for advanced and inquisitive students of HRM, and for HRM professionals looking to deepen their understanding of the complexities of their field.

    Chapter 1. Human resource management: a critical approach

    David G Collings, Geoffrey T. Wood and Leslie T. Szamosi

    PART I 

    Chapter 2. HRM in changing organisational contexts

    Phil Johnson and Leslie T. Szamosi

    Chapter 3. Strategic HRM: a critical review

    Jaap Paauwe and Corine Boon

    Chapter 4. HRM and organisational performance

    Stephen Wood

    Chapter 5. HRM: an ethical perspective

    Mick Fryer

    Chapter 6. HRM practies to diversity management: individualization, precariousness and precarity

    Darren T. Baker and Elisabeth K. Kelan

    Chapter 7. Organizational outsourcing and the implications for HRM

    Fang Lee Cooke

    Chapter 8. Reconfiguration and regulation of supply chains and HRM in times of economic crisis

    Phil Johnson, Geoffrey Wood, Pauline Dibben, John Cullen, Juliana Meira, Debby Bonnin, Luiz Miranda, Gareth Crockett and Caroline Linhares

    Chapter 9. Knowledge and organisational learning and its management through HR practices: a critical perspective

    Claire Gubbins

    Chapter 10. HRM in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

    Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson


    Chapter 11: Recruitment and selection

    Rosalind Searle and Rami Al-Sharif

    Chapter 12: HR planning: institutions, strategy, tools and techniques

    Zsuzsa Kispal-Vitai and Geoffrey Wood

    Chapter 13: Performance management

    Anthony McDonnell, Patrick Gunnigle and Kevin R. Murphy

    Chapter 14: Reward management

    Suzanne Richbell and Geoffrey T. Wood

    Chapter 15: Human resource development

    Irena Grugulis

    Chapter 16. Industrial relations and human resource management

    Gilton Klerck


    Chapter 17. Human resource management in emerging markets

    Frank M. Horowitz and Kamel Mellahi

    Chapter 18. Comparative HRM: the debates and the evidence

    Chris Brewster and Wolfgang Mayrhofer

    Chapter 19. International human resource management

    David G. Collings, Hugh Scullion and Deirdre Curran

    Chapter 20. HRM in crisis

    Mathew Johnson and Jill Rubery


    David G. Collings is Full Professor of Human Resource Management and Associate Dean for Research at Dublin City University Business School, Ireland.

    Geoffrey T. Wood is Dean and Professor of International Business at Essex Business School, UK.

    Leslie T. Szamosi is a Senior Lecturer and MBA Academic Director at the University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Greece.

    "This wide-ranging critical text places human resource management appropriately in its broader social scientific and historical contexts. It makes a distinctive and accessible contribution to the field and will appeal to many of those who seek a more reflective and critical approach to the subject."

    Richard Croucher, Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, Middlesex University Business School, UK, and Adjunct Professor, Norwegian School of Economics, Norway


    "This book delivers detailed and engaging contributions by leading authors. An important point of distinction for the book is the emphasis on critical analysis of topics that matter in HRM. I recommend it for advanced students and managers interested in HRM."

    Helen De Cieri, Professor of Management, Monash University, Australia


    "This revised edition provides a much-needed critical reflection on HRM covering the field’s most up-to-date challenges. Questioning both content and context, we are provided with a deeper understanding of HRM than hitherto available to both professionals and scholars."

    Elaine Farndale, Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, USA, and Tilburg University, The Netherlands