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Managing Human Resources in Europe

A Thematic Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Henrik Holt Larsen, Wolfgang Mayrhofer


304 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

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

About the Editors

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.

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