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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

Squaring the Circle?
Squaring the circle?

In this book I have examined in turn some of the leading human resource management issues that will be of relevance to line managers. The emphasis so far has been very largely on questions such as what are the appropriate organizational circumstances and interpersonal skills to facilitate the effective operation of certain innovations and techniques in some of the leading functional areas of HRM. This final chapter seeks to step back from the detail of the individual issues discussed in order to provide something of a larger, more rounded perspective on the subject area.

Accordingly in this final chapter I consider in turn some criticisms of the existing human resource management literature, discuss the place of trade unions in the practice ...

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