The vision of this book is to engage readers in a debate on how we see HR as a function and profession here and now, how we see the practice and the practitioner. The intent is to reflect on what we are seeing, hearing and experiencing about the function in an inclusive fashion. This book offers a practitioner’s take to human resources management as a profession and function keeping in mind the most current and contemporary practices, problems and perspectives in India. The book is meant for young professionals, students and practitioners in the field of HRM. The book truly reflects HRM as it is practiced today with stories of places (organizational case studies) where it is at its best. Shorn of all theory, this book raises and answers questions such as given the rapid advancement in the profession, should the term HR be redefined?  Why does the quality of the function depend so much on the way it is positioned within the organisation? What shapes a CEO’s attitude towards HR? What are the big demands on HR today and in times to come? How does one advance in HR? Written by practitioners with first-hand HR experience, HR Here and Now is a thought-provoking book set firmly in the Indian context.

The Doing, Feeling and Thinking Paradigm

The doing, feeling and thinking paradigm

I am sure many of us have come across this typical exchange in the selection interview of young and aspiring HR professionals from B-schools. The candidate is asked this fateful question by the senior HR leader, ‘Why do you want to be in HR? What attracted you to HR?’, and the young student says, ‘Sir, I chose HR because I have a natural flair for people, I really like interacting with people’, to which the candidate gets a dismissive look from the interviewer. The interviewer might want to retort that if she wants to interact with people, she should work in a retail store!

The truth is that many enter the profession with the ...

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