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.

HRM, Equality and Diversity
HRM, equality and diversity
Anne-marie Greene
Introduction

This chapter considers equality and diversity issues within HRM research and practice. It begins by providing some background context in which the central theme is the move in thought from liberal approaches to equality based on ‘sameness', to diversity approaches founded on ‘difference'. The chapter is structured around issues representing some key themes within the HRM literature: that is, the gap between rhetoric and ‘reality’ of theory and practice and the problems of making a business case; moving towards ‘best fit’ or contextualised policies and practices; and looking at who should have responsibility for diversity within organisations. Reflecting the nature of academic and practitioner research in the field of equality and ...

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