The new edition of this SAGE Handbook builds on the success of the first by providing a fully updated and expanded overview of the field of human resource management. Bringing together contributions from leading international scholars - and with brand new chapters on key emerging topics such as firm ownership, talent management, engagement and big data - the Handbook focuses on familiarising the reader with the fundamentals of applied human resource management, while contextualizing practice within wider theoretical considerations. Internationally minded chapters combine a critical overview with discussion of key debates and research, as well as comprehensively dealing with important emerging interests. The second edition of this Handbook remains an indispensable resource for advanced students and researchers in the field. PART 01: Context of Human Resource Management; PART 02: Fundamentals of Human Resource Management; and PART 03: Contemporary Issues.

Training, Development and Skills
Training, development and skills
Irena Grugulis
Introduction

It is difficult to argue against the merits of training and development. They add to employees’ earnings, limit their chances of unemployment (and their chances of long-term unemployment), provide access to more interesting and higher status jobs and, when supported by formal qualifications, enable employers and employees to find each other more readily. For employers, providing training reduces their dependence on the outside labour market so they run less risk that, when skills are required, they will not be available (or will not be available at the price the organisation is prepared to pay). Training and development may also support productivity and high-quality production and send a key symbolic message to ...

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