For help preparing for, and support during your MBA course, The Essential MBA brings together a comprehensive overview of the main subjects taught on MBA and business and management programs in one book.

Each chapter is written by a specialized contributor and offers students a helpful introduction to each topic of study, including: Useful sections on research methods and study skills; Further reading recommendations and questions for reflection; A critical perspective of the subject matter; discussions of the underlying assumptions of mainstream theories; and reviews of alternative approaches.

Covering many key areas of management, this text is an invaluable guide for MBA students, as well as offering a useful introduction for undergraduate and graduate students of business and management and practitioners interested in reflecting how some areas of current thinking relate to their own experience and practice.

Human Resource Management

Human resource management
PeterHamilton, Durham Business School, University of Durham

The chapter offers an introduction to key issues relating to the theory and practice of HRM. All organizations are typically involved in employment management, employing individuals to carry our designated tasks. This is not however always a straightforward managerial activity and needs to be understood as a socio-economic and political process. The chapter will therefore discuss some of the key issues ...

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