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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

Competitive Strategy and Human Resource Management
Competitive strategy and human resource management

This chapter essentially introduces the subject of human resource management. I shall examine some of the alleged differences between human resource management and the previous practice of personnel management. And second, I shall discuss the question of in what sense human resource management can be considered strategic. The latter in particular involves a consideration of key product market changes which are forcing organizations to rethink the way in which they need to compete effectively in the market place.

In the course of this chapter, a good deal in the way of research findings and recommendations for change will be drawn from US sources of literature. This is because, firstly (as mentioned in the Introduction), the ...

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