1st Edition

Strategic Human Resource Management A Research Overview

By John Storey, Dave Ulrich, Patrick Wright Copyright 2019
    120 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The field of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) has burgeoned over the past thirty years. Over this time there has been a shift towards a strategic conception which posited workers as ‘assets’ rather than ‘costs’. These ‘human resources’ were reconceptualised as a key source of competitive advantage. As such, these assets were to be treated seriously: selected with care, trained and developed, and above all, induced to offer commitment. The concept of ‘human capital’ came to the fore, and in the decades following these developments, research output has been voluminous.

    Strategic Human Resource Management: A Research Overview, authored by global research leaders, provides an expert summary of this crucial element of organizational performance. This new shortform book develops the argument that one of the crucial elements of organizational performance is the way work is organized in skill and talent packages both within an organization’s boundary and across global competency clusters. Secondly, it focuses on current and emergent challenges. The ‘package’ of HR approaches has changed over time and patterns can be observed. This new volume pays special regard to the HR implications arising from radically altering contexts – economic, social, and technological.

    This concise volume covers crucial themes of lasting interest, and as such is essential reading for business scholars and professionals.

    1. Mapping the field of strategic human resource management 2. Strategic human resource management and performance outcomes 3. Key practice areas and the key levers 4. HR competences and the HR function 5. The changing contexts of strategic human resource management 6. Fit, flexibility, and agility 7. A stock-take and a forward view


    John Storey is Professor of Human Resource Management at The Open University, UK. He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research council projects concerning strategy, innovation, organizations, and human resource management.

    Dave Ulrich is Professor of Business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA. He has been ranked by Business Week as the Number 1 management educator and listed in Forbes as one of the top five business coaches.

    Patrick M. Wright is faculty director of the Center for Executive Succession in the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, USA. From 2011 to 2017, he was named by HR magazine as one of the 20 "Most Influential" Thought Leaders in HR.


    'A great source of knowledge and insights to understand the current state of the field of SHRM and envision future challenges and research agendas.' -- Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos, International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management