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.

Regulation, Deregulation or Re-regulation? The Changing Regulative Framework for HRM

Regulation, Deregulation or Re-regulation? The Changing Regulative Framework for HRM

Regulation, deregulation or re-regulation? the changing regulative framework for HRM
Michael Barry Adrian Wilkinson


This chapter draws on insights from different fields of study to explain how the regulatory context informs the development and application of employer HRM choices within organisations. In considering the contribution of fields such as organisational studies, industrial relations, comparative politics, economics and legal regulation, we note that, in most developed countries, in the last 10 to 20 years the regulation of employment has shifted from a predominantly national institutional to an organisational setting. Despite this change, which brings the role of HRM and ‘the firm’ into closer scrutiny, we nevertheless maintain that ...

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