Human Resource Management in Public Service Organizations

By Rona S. Beattie, Jennifer Waterhouse

© 2016 – Routledge

270 pages

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About the Book

The latest instalment of the successful Routledge Masters in Public Management series: Human Resource Management in Public Service Organizations addresses a significant gap in texts that are available to practitioners and scholars of public sector management. There has been an extensive adoption of private sector human resource management (HRM) techniques within the public sectors of various countries. This transformation has had its genesis in public choice theory which has argued that government is inefficient and non-responsive.

Beattie and Waterhouse combine practical techniques of human resource management within the context of the public sector focussing on a number of key areas:

    • The various components of HRM and how they may be applied in a public sector environment
    • Debates in relation to the benefits of HRM within the public sector, and in particular, whether the distinctiveness of the public sector calls for a unique practice of HRM.
    • Critically evaluating the interaction between HRM and the changing context of public management.
    • Critically evaluating the interaction between HRM and public and voluntary sector values.

Human Resource Management in Public Service Organizations seeks to equip public sector managers and students of public management with the necessary skills and knowledge to more effectively manage their human resources.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction – HRM and the Public Sector Context 2.Human Resource Management’s Stakeholders 3.Recruitment, retention and redundancy 4.Managing Diversity 5.Performance Management and Reward 6.Developing Human Resources 7.Leading Change 8.Employment Relations: A Comparative Perspective 9.Employee Engagement 10.Conclusions

About the Authors

Rona S Beattie is Head of Change and Management Learning at Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Scotland. She has extensively researched voluntary sector management, human resource development and human resource management. She has also taught these subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She has published extensively in the fields of voluntary sector management and human resource development across a range of subjects including change, management development, capacity-building and rural regeneration.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the British Academy of Management and a member of the University Forum for HRD. Rona is also a trustee of one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, which delivers a range of publicly funded services, and is chair of its HR committee.

Jennifer Waterhouse is a Post-doctoral fellow in the School of Management and a member of the Work and Industry Futures Research Program in the Faculty of Business at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has extensively researched human resource management practices, corporate culture and organizational change within the public sector. In addition, she has taught in the areas of negotiation, employment relations and management at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She has published extensively in the areas of public sector reform, corporate culture and change in the public sector and employment relations.

She is a member of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia, Queensland Branch and the Association of Industrial Relations Academics Australia and New Zealand.

About the Series

Routledge Masters in Public Management

Routledge Masters in Public Management is a series of original texts which offers students and practitioners a concise, coordinated and comprehensive learning resource.

The series benefits from a coordinated format, including the use of such pedagogical features as learning points, text boxes, annotated further reading and questions for further discussion. Each volume in the series stands in its own right as a textbook which is essential reading for a particular module in a public management degree scheme. Taken together, the series offers an integrated and up-to-date collection of core textbooks and supplementary reading that can provide the backbone of any student’s study of public management – whether based upon an MBA or MPA programme, a stand-alone course or through a period of individual study. Taking an expert look at an increasingly important and complex discipline, this is a groundbreaking series.

The resources represented in this series go beyond the “toolkit” or “recipe” format which does not reflect the way working in the public sector actually happens. Rather, the series encourages the reader to develop the core managerial skills and critical thinking required to excel in this discipline.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS030000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUS041000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management
BUS051000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Public Finance