Critical Issues in Human Resource Management

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Edition: 1st
Publication Date: November 2010
Pages: 464
Format: Book

ISBN13: 9781843982425

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Critical Issues in Human Resource Management is a substantial and authoritative multi-author textbook for HRM modules that take a critical approach. It problematises core HRM topics, encouraging sophisticated thinking about HR interventions.

- Written by a team of experts primarily at Middlesex University but also from other UK and international institutions

- Part 3 is unique in applying HRM practices to specific industry contexts rather than assuming `best practice' is universal. This will enable students to think about how different issues might be dealt with differently in, for example, an NHS trust and a hotel

- Draws out the importance of state/corporate governance of the workplace and the politics of workplace relations

- Integrates students' prior understanding of the key operational aspects of HRM with the wider institutional and social contexts in which they occur

- Expands students' knowledge of HR-related theory with wider social and business theory, enabling them to apply critical approaches to HR problems

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For tutors:
Lecturer's Guide including guidance on the cases and questions in the book, theoretical outlines, additional seminar activities and discussion topics
PowerPoint slides
Additional case studies

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Annotated weblinks

Chapter 1: Introduction (Editors)


Chapter 2: Corporate Governance and HRM (Sepideh Parsa)
Chapter 3: Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility and HRM (Elizabeth Cotton)
Chapter 4: Managing HR in Differing National Contexts (Geoff Wood)
Chapter 5: Technology and Work: Is the Future Certain? (Martin Upchurch)
Chapter 6: Employment Relations, Finance and the Corporation (John Grahl)
Chapter 7: Politics, the Regulatory Environment and HRM (Phil James and Ian Roper)
Chapter 8: HRM and Socio-Demographics: Age Diversity and the Future Workforce (Matt Flynn and Michael Muller-Camen)
Chapter 9: Critical Issues in Managing the Business Environment (Anne Daguerre)

Chapter 10: Critical Issues in People Resourcing (1): Reconceptualising Employee Performance (Sebastian Fuchs)
Chapter 11: Critical Issues in People Resourcing (2): The Dilemmas with Outsourcing and Offshoring (Rea Prouska)
Chapter 12: Critical Issues in Employee Relations (1): From Employee Consent to Employee Engagement (Susan Leigh and Ian Roper)
Chapter 13: Critical Issues in Employee Relations (2): Global Unions (Richard Croucher)
Chapter 14: Critical Issues in Learning and Development: Beyond 'the Learning Organisation' (Mary Hartog)
Chapter 15: Critical Issues in Reward Management: Is the 'New Pay' Still New? (Geoff White)
Chapter 16: Critical Issues in Equality and Diversity (1): Gender Equity and the Myths of the Work-life Balance Narrative (Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya and Suzan Lewis)
Chapter 17: Critical Issues in Equality and Diversity (2): Defining and Challenging Institutional Racism (Doirean Wilson)
Chapter 18: Critical Issues in Equality and Diversity (3): Disability Discrimination and the Modern Workplace (Asiya Siddiquee and Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya)

Chapter 19: HRM in Manufacturing (Lola Peach Martins and Geoff Wood)
Chapter 20: HRM in Private Services (Sebastian Fuchs)
Chapter 21: HRM in Public Services (Miguel Martinez-Lucio and Ian Roper)
Chapter 22: Human Resource Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector (Ian Cunningham)

Chapter 23: Global Challenges for Development of Human Resources (Anil Verma and Qian He)

Ian C Roper
Ian Roper is Principal Lecturer in Employment Relations and Director of Programmes for HRM at Middlesex University Business School.

Rea Prouska
Rea Prouska is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and programme leader for the BA Human Resource Management degree at Middlesex University Business School.

Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya
Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Middlesex University Business School.

"The depth and breadth of this book is unparalleled. It is unique in its coverage of global topics and new and emerging fields such as ICT and the future of work organisations. The text is critical and research-based but written in an accessible and engaging way."

Celia Stanworth, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich Business School.

"This excellent and engaging text examines critical issues and debates at the forefront of contemporary HRM. The rich and insightful analysis provided makes for essential reading for students and HRM professionals alike."

Rory Donnelly, Lecturer, Birmingham University Business School.
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