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Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach [Paperback]

Julie Beardwell , Tim Claydon
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18 Mar 2010

The expert authors of this leading text present a thorough introduction to HRM by exploring a variety of perspectives, styles and arguments. It takes a rigorous, critical approach that makes contemporary developments in Human Resource Management accessible to students.

They explore the most pressing and topical themes and debates of today – the effects of HRM on organisational performance, management and leadership development, performance management and employee reward – whilst covering in depth the theory and practice of the operational aspects of HRM. The final part of the text compares trends in HRM around the world, with a particular focus on India and China, as well as the influence of multinational corporations.

Human Resource Management is written for undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students, as well as those studying for the CIPD qualifications.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 6 edition (18 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273722859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273722854
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Human Resource Management
A Contemporary Approach
6th edition

Julie Beardwell
Tim Claydon

This bestselling text offers an authoritative yet readable introduction to human resource management. Exploring a broad range of perspectives, styles and arguments, the expert authors take a rigorous and critical approach that makes contemporary developments in human resource management accessible and interesting.

Now in its sixth edition, Human Resource Management examines some of the key issues and debates of today:

·        What is human resource management and how does it affect organisational performance?

·        How do organisations develop and reward their employees – and leaders of tomorrow?

·        How does globalisation affect HRM, and what are the trends in HRM around the world?

This text also provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the theory and practice of HRM, including the latest research. Regular invitations to ‘stop and think’, questions and activities, and a wealth of relevant and appealing case studies will help you to learn and research effectively. Human Resource Management is written for undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students, and is also suitable for those studying for CIPD qualifications.

About the authors
Tim Claydon is Head of HRM at Leicester Business School, De Montfort University. Julie Beardwell is Director for Corporate Programmes in the Department of Corporate Development at De Montfort University.


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MyManagementLab from Pearson Education is an innovative and interactive online learning environment. It combines assessment, reporting and personalised study to help you succeed. You’ll benefit from a personalised learning experience, where you can generate a personal study plan, listen to audio summaries of key HRM topics, revise using flashcards and short answer questions and watch online video case studies of HRM in practice in real organisations.

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About the Author

The 6th edition of Human Resource Management is edited by Julie Beardwell, Associate Dean and Head of HRM at Leeds Business School, and Tim Claydon, Head of HRM at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid 19 Jun 2010
This is a good book - not perfect but still good.

I had to review this and the Torrington & Hall book recently for a course I was leading - I chose this book, although it was close.

It's very well laid out, the cases are short and punchy. review questions are useful. the "stop and think" features are helpful.

in some parts its excessively psychological - the two chapters by Audrey Collin on "context" and "learning" add little. Both of these belong in an OB book. HR managers are not teachers.

the book is academic, slightly more so than torrington, but personally i like this, it is well grounded in research, so it will take you on to masters level.

chapter 16 could also be lost.

like most academic texts, its too big, and i long for the days when 300 pages was all an author needed, rather than to 700-900 which is the norm now.

chapters 1 and 2 are excellent, a very good intro to all the debates in the field.

well worth consideration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All good! 15 Sep 2013
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All good!

You could see that it was a used book, which is at no problem as i bought it used.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 10 Jun 2013
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I believe it's only for HR or industry personnel, heavy going but on the money, it is
recommended reading for several HR related courses.
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