1st Edition

Human Resource Management in Higher Education Institutions An International Perspective

    274 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In an era marked by increasing globalization, international competition, digitalization, and social and cultural changes, higher education institutions (HEIs) play a pivotal role in establishing the knowledge-based economy of each country, which is perceived as its soft power. The need to explore and highlight the specificity of human resource management (HRM) practices in higher education institutions has become urgent and evident. This book provides new theoretical and practical insights into HRM in HEIs. A profound analysis of the global literature clearly exposes that human resource practices are often applied in academia as single solutions rather than as a systematic approach to planning, attracting, motivating, developing, and retaining scientists. The global trends in academia, such as the need for branding and positioning in higher education ranking systems, growing retention and brain circulation between academia and business, diversity in academia, and the digitalization of teaching, have resulted in challenges such as de-recruitment, academic burnout and ill-being, and technostress, which are also addressed in this book.


    1. International context of HRM in academia 

    2. Strategies and personal policies of HRM in academia

    3. People in the three academic missions

    4. Staffing to academia

    5. Performance management in HEIs

    6. Career development in academia

    7. Academic leadership and HRM

    8. The academic burnout: navigating the mental health and well-being challenges in contemporary academia

    9. Diversity, equity and inclusion in HEIs

    10. Digital HRM in academia


    Sylwia Przytuła is a professor at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland and is a specialist in the field of management sciences. Her research and scientific interests encompass international human resource management, academic expatriation, global mobility and migration, and the internationalization of higher education.

    Łukasz Sułkowski holds a professor degree in economics and a doctoral degree in humanities. He specializes in issues related to university management. He is the head of the Department of Higher Education Institution Management at Jagiellonian University as well as a professor at Clark University and the University of Social Sciences.

    Konrad Kulikowski holds a PhD in psychology and currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the Lodz University of Technology, Institute of Management. His research interests encompass cognitive psychology, employee remuneration and performance appraisal systems, HR analytics, application of psychometrics in the analysis of intellectual capital, attitudes towards pay transparency, factors contributing to work engagement and burnout, and the management of higher education institutions, with a specific focus on the effectiveness of research evaluation systems on individual and institutional levels.