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1st Edition

Human Resource Management: A Nordic Perspective

ISBN 9781138592858
Published October 9, 2018 by Routledge
244 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Nordic perspectives on Human Resource Management

Part 1 General features of HR work

Chapter 1 Developing co-workership in organisations

Chapter 2 Effective interaction in organisations

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

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

Chapter 5 Creativity at the workplace

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

Part 2 Diversity and inclusion

Chapter 7 The equality work that needs to be done

Chapter 8 Heteronorms, LGBTQ, and queer at the workplace

Chapter 9 Generational differences at the workplace

Chapter 10 Professional development for older colleagues

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

Chapter 12 Functional workplaces for people with disabilities

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

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

Conclusion: HR work – a balancing act with integrity


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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.