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HRM and Equal Opportunities
HRM and equal opportunities
Introduction

This chapter aims to present a summary of research and writing on equality and diversity within the field of human resource management (HRM). It begins by providing some background context in which the central theme of the discussion is the move in thought from liberal approaches to equality based on ‘sameness’, to diversity approaches founded on ‘difference’. The chapter explores the question of what this means for HRM and the HR function, looking at the implications for thinking about diversity management (DM) in organisations. Here the chapter is broadly structured around issues that have been selected because they represent some key themes of current academic and practitioner HRM literature; namely, the gap between the rhetoric and ‘reality’ of ...

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