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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

Appraising Employees
Appraising employees

The process of appraising individual employees is viewed as one of the central planks of strategic human resource management for two reasons. Firstly, it is argued that the grounds (i.e. criteria) on which an employee is appraised should reflect the larger competitive strategy of the organization. In Chapter 1, for instance, I noted the suggestion of some researchers that both the criteria and time frame of the appraisal process should vary according to whether a product innovation, quality enhancement or low-cost strategy was being pursued. This perspective has led to frequent calls for the individual performance appraisal to be closely aligned with the establishment of objectives at the level of organization, business unit, functional area, department level, etc. which are all part ...

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