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This major textbook meets the clear need for a substantial but accessible introduction to the practice of human resource management (HRM) within the context of relevant theory and current debates. In a discussion that ranges from the strategic and policy aspects of HRM to the day-to-day processes of employee management, the author identifies and explores key concepts and skills. Distinctive features of the book include: a focus on issues of direct relevance to all line managers, not just to human resource specialists; a combination of a knowledge-based approach with a practical introduction to the most important skills; numerous examples, encapsulating concepts and techniques in clear tables, and a teaching appendix of discuss

Introduction
Introduction
The Impact of Human Resource Management

In the 1980s (and into the 1990s) the term ‘human resource management’ (HRM) came to be increasingly used by both practitioners and researchers. This particular term challenged and frequently replaced the previously popular terms ‘personnel management’ and/or ‘industrial relations’. Moreover students in colleges and universities appeared to respond relatively positively (at least in terms of enrolment numbers) to courses with the former title, whereas courses concerned with industrial relations matters did not have anything like the same pulling power that was apparent in the 1970s. Furthermore, 1990 saw the launching in Britain of two new journals concerned with human resource management issues.

The above changes were held to be the result of changes in organizational practice. That is, certain key ...

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