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Human Resource Management

A Critical Approach

Edited by David G. Collings, Geoffrey T. Wood

© 2009 – Routledge

320 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Effective management of human resources is essential to the success of any organization. In this authoritative, sophisticated and engaging new text on Human Resource Management, an international team of leading analysts guides the advanced student through this fundamental discipline of management in all its complexity.

The book explores all the central themes and concepts of HRM theory and practice, and introduces the most important issues influencing contemporary practice in a wide range of organizational contexts. It systematically examines the main functional areas of HRM, and engages with a number of key contemporary issues for both scholars and practitioners. Topics covered include:

  • Strategic HRM
  • Ethics in HRM
  • Knowledge management
  • HRM and performance
  • Outsourcing and implications for HRM
  • HRM in small and medium enterprises
  • Key functional areas of HR practice
  • International HRM

Adopting a critical perspective throughout that challenges the student to examine closely the fundamental purpose and practices of HRM, this book is essential reading for all serious students of Human Resource Management and for any HRM professional looking to deepen his understanding of the subject.


'An important work, providing a useful addition to the existing HRM literature' - Work, Employment and Society

Table of Contents

1. Introduction (David G. Collings and Geoffrey Wood) Section 1: The Context of HRM 2. HRM in Changing Organizational Contexts (Phil Johnson) 3. Strategic HRM: A Critical Review (Jaap Paauwe and Corine Boon) 4. HRM and Organizational Performance (Stephen Wood) 5. HRM: An Ethical Perspective (Mick Fryer) 6. Organizational Outsourcing and the Implications for HRM (Richard Haines) 7. The Socio-Cultural Aspects of Knowledge Management and the Links to HRM: A Critical Perspective (Donald Hislop) 8. HRM in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) (Tony Dundon and Adrian Wilkinson) Section 2: The Practice of HRM 9. Recruitment and Selection (Rosalind Searle) 10. HR Planning: Institutions, Strategy, Tools and Techniques (Zsuzsa Kispal-Vitai and Geoffrey Wood) 11. Performance Management (Anthony McDonnell and Patrick Gunnigle) 12. Reward Management (Suzanne Richbell and Geoffrey Wood) 13. Human Resource Development (Irena Grugulis) 14. Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (Gilton Klerck) Section 3: The International Context of HRM 15. Human Resource Management in Emerging Markets (Frank M. Horwitz and Kamel Mellahi) 16. Comparative HRM: The Debates and the Evidence (Chris Brewster and Wolfgang Mayrhofer) 17. International Human Resource Management (David G. Collings, Hugh Scullion and Deirdre Curran)

About the Editors

David G. Collings is Lecturer in International Management at the National University of Ireland, Galway and editor of the Human Resource Management Journal.

Geofrey Wood is Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Sheffield Management School, UK. He has authored seven books and published in a variety of journals.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management