1st Edition

Human Resource Management: A Nordic Perspective

    244 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sweden has one of the lowest national debts in Europe, a well-educated workforce, and the country consistently ranks in top positions of the best places to live and work in the world. Human Resource Management: A Nordic Perspective offers a unique and valuable insight into the working practices of HRM in Sweden, which has been explicated for an international audience. The book offers readers outside of the country alternative methods for improving efficiency and well-being in their own workplace.

    A team of experienced contributors based in Sweden discuss and analyse the Nordic tradition of inclusive and participative management and present different perspectives on creating a work-life suitable for every person involved. The first part of the book includes chapters on general issues in HR work such as development and learning, selection, teamwork, career paths, and cooperation within organisations. The second part addresses diversity, inclusion, and how discriminatory practices can be avoided.

    This book will be a valuable resource for students of: HRM, business, management, education, psychology, sociology, as well as human resource management professionals who are seeking new ways to balance economic and human values.

    Introduction: Nordic perspectives on Human Resource Management

    Part 1 General features of HR work

    Chapter 1 Developing co-workership in organisations

    Karin Kilhammar

    Chapter 2 Effective interaction in organisations

    Annika Engström

    Chapter 3 Organising for knowledge and learning – a balancing act between divergent forces

    Cecilia Bjursell and Dag Raudberget

    Chapter 4 ‘Career’ from a perspective of effort and reward

    Ingela Bergmo-Prvulovic

    Chapter 5 Creativity at the workplace

    Ylva Lindberg

    Chapter 6 Recruitment mistakes, future employees, and fabulous fantasies: the market’s need of magical qualities

    Roland S. Persson

    Part 2 Diversity and inclusion

    Chapter 7 The equality work that needs to be done

    Helene Ahl

    Chapter 8 Heteronorms, LGBTQ, and queer at the workplace

    Frida Ohlsson Sandahl

    Chapter 9 Generational differences at the workplace

    Ann-Kristin Boström

    Chapter 10 Professional development for older colleagues

    Cecilia Bjursell

    Chapter 11 Understanding why an immigrant neurosurgeon is driving your taxi: on highly qualified foreign labour looking for work in your country

    Roland S. Persson and Vezir Aktas

    Chapter 12 Functional workplaces for people with disabilities

    Joel Hedegaard and Martin Hugo

    Chapter 13 Working in knowledge-intensive organisations when it is impossible to be physically present: female employees who suffer from chronic illnesses

    Claudia Gillberg

    Chapter 14 Those who know more than you: talent management in the Google era

    Roland S. Persson and Vezir Aktas

    Conclusion: HR work – a balancing act with integrity

    Ingela Bergmo-Prvulovic and Karin Kilhammar



    Helene Ahl is a professor of business economics and management at the School of Education and Communication at Jönköping University, Sweden.

    Ingela Bergmo-Prvulovic, Ph.D., is a lecturer in education at Jönköping University, Sweden.

    Karin Kilhammar Ph.D., is a lecturer in education at Linnaeus University, Sweden and a former HR manager.

    'This volume is a very timely addition to the HRM literature, providing insights on topics from careers to creativity, and from "co-workership" to ethics. The strong focus on multiple dimensions of diversity highlights the added value of the Nordic perspective.'

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

    'Building on a tradition of democracy and co-workership, inclusion and trust, Nordic countries have demonstrated remarkable results in terms of economic performance as well as quality of life. It is evident that Nordic HRM does something right. This book opens new perspectives and gives invaluable insight into how this works in practice.'

    Juergen Deters, Professor of Human Resource Management and Leadership, Leuphana University, Germany