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Managing Human Resources in Europe
A Thematic Approach

ISBN 9780415351010
Published August 18, 2006 by Routledge
304 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This informative text provides an analysis of the ten most important themes in European HRM. It takes a thematic yet critical approach and includes three distinct country examples in each chapter, paying special attention to dilemmas, controversies, paradoxes and problems in the field. The major themes covered here are the role of the institutional context, the importance of various organizational forms for HRM, the roles and contributions of HRM within the organization and the impact of societal macro-trends on HRM.

Written and edited by leading European authorities, this text is essential reading for all those studying or working in HRM in Europe, and allows an exciting synthesis of theory and practice, illustrated with living case studies.

Table of Contents

 1. European HRM: A Distinct Field of Research and Practice  2. The European Union and HRM: Impact on Present and Future Members  3. Deregulation: HRM and the Flexibility-Security Nexus  4. European Employment Relations: From Collectivism to Individualism?  5. HRM in Multinational Corporations: Strategies and Systems  6. HRM in Small and Medium Enterprises: Typical, but Typically Ignored  7. HRM in Not-For-Profit International Organizations: Different, but also Alike  8. Measuring HRM: The Acid Test for Managing Intangible Resources  9. HRM and Organizational Performance: Universal and Contextual Evidence  10. Role of HR Professionals: OD Consultants, Strategic Brokers or Individual Therapists?  11. Diversity and Diversity Management: A Comparative Advantage?  12. Virtualization: Boundaryless Organizations and Electronic Human Resource Management  13. European HRM: On the Road Again

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Henrik Holt Larsen is Professor in Human Resource Management at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Wolfgang Mayrhofer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Management at Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria.


'There has long been a need for texts describing the practice of Human Resource Management in Europe. This new book goes a long way toward fulfilling that need. Larsen and Mayrhofer have put together a great set of authors and chapters presenting a wide spectrum of topics and models on European Human Resource Management. I very much like the style and topics and for sure will now use this text for coverage of European HRM.' - Dennis R. Briscoe, International HRM, University of San Diego, USA