1st Edition

Influencing Organizational Effectiveness
A Critical Take on the HR Contribution

ISBN 9780415740098
Published December 26, 2016 by Routledge
356 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

USD $59.95

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Book Description

In this book Linda Holbeche offers an historical narrative on the changing landscape of work since the 1980s and considers how definitions of organizational effectiveness have changed over time. She considers the characteristics and effects of the neo-liberal work culture of new capitalism, and how HRM practices have contributed to shaping this work culture.

Influencing Organizational Effectiveness challenges mainstream thinking around business strategy, change and organizational effectiveness, and about the roles of HRM and management. While the overall tone of the book is critical, Holbeche argues that HRM can play an active role in giving voice to employees and advancing organizational effectiveness.

Grounded in research, this book includes reflective questions, case studies and helpful guidelines to support HRM and organizational development professionals and master's-level students. It illustrates what ‘better’ might look like and how HRM can contribute to a new definition of effectiveness which is aligned to the needs of modern organizations.

Table of Contents

Section One: Context

1. Introduction

2. Key Concepts and Theories

3. A Neo-Liberal Landscape

4. The New Work Culture

Section Two: managerialism and HRM

5. The HRM ‘Project’

6. The Shaping of Subjectivities

7. The Conflicted Practitioner?

Section Three: The impact of the work culture on employees

8. The Emerging Psychological Contract

9. The Search for Meaning

Section Four: Phoenix out of the ashes?

10. The Crisis of Capitalism

11. New Organisational Effectiveness (OE)

Section Five: HR influencing organisational effectiveness

12. HR and OE

13. Performance Management

14. OD and Change

15. Conclusion

16. References

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Linda Holbeche is the former Director of Research and Policy for the CIPD, Director of Leadership and Consultancy at the Work Foundation and Director of Research and Strategy at Roffey Park, UK. She is now Visiting Professor in HRM and Organization Development at Cass Business School and four other UK universities, and Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies and Roffey Park.


'With her uniquely engaging, pragmatic and convincing approach, Linda’s thoughtful and thought-provoking new work provides us with an invaluable overview of and critical insights into, the way in which the world of work in the UK has evolved over time.' - Michael Jenkins, Chief Executive, Roffey Park Institute, UK and Singapore

'This book unravels the damaging effects of the "new work culture" and HRM practices, showing how they are counter-productive to healthy work and working lives. The outcome is a new HR approach based on more ethical and sustainable organizational practices.' - Professor Colin C. Williams, University of Sheffield, UK