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Strategic Human Resource Management

A Research Overview, 1st Edition

By John Storey, Dave Ulrich, Patrick M. Wright


112 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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.

About the Series

State of the Art in Business Research

Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.

This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with  time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.

As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.

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Subject Categories

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