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International Human Resource Management

Contemporary HR Issues in Europe, 3rd Edition

Edited by Michael Dickmann, Chris Brewster, Paul Sparrow


442 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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International Human Resource Management provides a concise overview of the rich HR landscape in Europe to help students develop cutting-edge people management approaches.

The innovative, multi-disciplinary approach of the book provides a holistic picture of the key issues on the individual, organizational and societal levels. The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part I explores the institutional and economic contexts that organizations face in different European countries. This section goes beyond exploring issues of diversity to include a discussion of the impact of the recent financial crisis.
  • Part II concentrates on the key challenges and trends facing HR, including an aging population, migration, and sustainability, and analyzes the unique and inventive ways these are addressed in different countries across Europe.
  • Part III focuses on the fundamental HR areas – recruitment and selection, performance management and rewards, employment relations, global careers, and so forth – and the ways in which these policies and practices are shaped by the European Union.

With broader coverage, the latest thinking in the field, and cutting-edge cases, examples and insights, this book will prove a highly valuable resource for students, researchers and practitioners working in human resource management, and international business.


‘The third edition of the outstanding International Human Resource Management by the leading HR gurus in the UK, is both timely and extremely important given the dramatic workplace changes during and since the ‘great recession’ of 2008. The chapters highlight issues of major importance in the changing landscape of people management going forward. This is a ‘must read’ for all HR professionals in Europe and beyond.’Professor Sir Cary Cooper, University of Manchester, President of the CIPD, UK

'For those looking for insights into the status of a ‘European model’ of international HRM, this is the book to read. The editors present a comprehensive account of developments in European IHRM following the economic crisis, written by a wide range of leading academics. They present an informed analysis of the current challenges facing HRM in Europe including different responses to the economic crisis, migration, flexible working, and generational differences in an aging workforce as well as challenges to employee interests. A comprehensive framework utilising a macro – mezzo – micro perspective emphasises the importance of institutional issues and stakeholder interests. The distinctive approaches to HRM in Europe of MNCs from different countries such as the USA, Japan and Korea, compared with those originating in Europe, are fully addressed as are specific HRM practices such as selection and performance management that can be affected by European institutional arrangements. The comprehensive and contemporary coverage of this book mark it out as a leader in the field of European IHRM.' - Professor David Guest, King’s College, UK

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Overview Michael Dickmann, Chris Brewster and Paul Sparrow Part I: Macro-Views: IHRM and Its Response to Crises in Europe 2.Shaping HRM in Crises and Beyond – Overview of Section Michael Dickmann, Chris Brewster, Paul Sparrow3. How Does European Integration Influence Employment Relations? Denise Currie, Paul Teague4. Mediterranean HRM – Key Trends and Challenges Eleni Stavrou, Nancy Papalexandris5. Developments in Human Resource Management in Central and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective Michael J Morley, József Poór, Noreen Heraty, Ruth Alas, Aleksy Pocztowski6. Nordic HRM – Distinctiveness and Resilience Torben Andersen, Freddy Hallsten7. Western European HRM: Reactions and Adjustment to Crises Alexandros Psychogios, Chris Brewster, Emma ParryPart II: Mezzo-Views: Cross-National HRM Strategies, Structures, Policies and Practices 8. Mezzo-Views: Cross-National and Organizational level HRM Strategies, Structures, Policies and Practices - Overview of Section II Paul Sparrow, Michael Dickmann, Chris Brewster9. Beyond the Private Sector: International HRM in the Not for Profit Sectors Chris Brewster, Paul Boselie, Peter Liesink, Kerstin Alfes 10. The HRM of Foreign MNCs Operating in Europe Chul Chung, Masayuki Furusawa 11. Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility Todd Cardarelli, David Grayson, Michael Dickmann 12. Age and Diversity in Europe Emma Parry, Heike Schroder, Matt Flynn, Deirdre Anderson13. International Migration and International Human Resource Management Akram Al Ariss, Jean-Luc Cerdin, Chris BrewsterPart III: Micro-Views: Organizational Approaches and Individual (Re-) Actions in Europe 14. Overview of Section III Chris Brewster, Michael Dickmann, Paul Sparrow15. Employment Relations in Europe Richard Croucher16. Recruitment and Selection: Debates, Controversies and Variations in Europe Geoffrey Wood, Leslie Szamosi17. Global Careers in European MNEs – Different Career Patterns in Europe? Michael Dickmann, Jean-Luc Cerdin, Wolfgang Mayrhofer18. Talent Management in Europe Agnieszka Skuza, Hugh Scullion, David Collings19. Pay for Performance in Europe Ihar Sahakiants, Marion Festing, Stephen Perkins20. Employee Financial Participation Erik Poutsma, Eric Kaarsemaker, Paul Ligthart21. Flexible Working in Europe Clare Kelliher 22. Conclusions: The Evolving HRM Landscape in Europe Paul Sparrow, Chris Brewster, Michael Dickmann

About the Editors

Michael Dickmann is Professor of International Human Resource Management and Director of the MSc in Management at Cranfield University, UK. His research interests are predominantly in international HRM and global careers. He is Editor of The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Chris Brewster is professor of international human resource management at Henley Business School, UK, Vaasa University, Finland, and Radboud University, the Netherlands. He researches international and comparative HRM, and has published more than 25 books, and almost 200 journal articles.

Paul Sparrow is Director of the Centre for Performance-led HR and Professor of International Human Resource Management at Lancaster University, UK. He is Lead Editor of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness and is included in the Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers for Human Resources magazine 2014-2015.

About the Series

Global HRM

The Global HRM Series has for over a decade been leading the way in advancing our understand of Global HRM issues. Edited and authored by the leading and highest-profile researchers in the field of human resource management (HRM), this series of books offers students and reflective practitioners accessible, coordinated and comprehensive textbooks on global HRM. Individually and collectively, these books cover the core areas of the field, including titles on global leadership, global talent management, global careers, and the global HR function, as well as comparative volumes on HR in key global regions. 

The series is organized into two distinct strands: the first reflects key issues in managing global HRM; and the second comparative perspectives human resource management.  

Taking an expert look at an increasingly important area of global business, this well-established series has become the benchmark for serious textbooks on global HRM.  

The Publisher and Editors wish to thank the Founding Editors of the series – Randall Schuler, Susan Jackson, Paul Sparrow and Michael Poole.

Dedication: The late Professor Michael Poole was one of the founding series editors and the series is dedicated to his memory. 

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Subject Categories

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