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International Human Resource Management [Paperback]

Peter J. Dowling , Marion Festing , Sr. Allen D. Engle
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20 Dec 2007
International Human Resource Management is a new edition of this market-leading text. Two new authors, Marion Festing and Allen Engle, make this new edition even more international than its predecessors. Changes include more coverage of small & medium enterprises, new material on managing diversity and cross-cultural workforces, new material on off-shoring, particularly to India or China, and a new chapter on sustaining global growth and linking the international HR function more firmly to companys' strategic growth plans. In addition the new edition includes a wealth of case study material and class discussion material. A full instructor's website is available to adopters.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomson Learning; Fifth edition (20 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844805425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844805426
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 19.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Two major events in the field of international human resource management (IHRM) took place in 1990. The first was the founding of the International Journal of Human Resource Management (IJHRM) by Michael Poole [...] the second major event of 1990 for IHRM was the publication, by Peter Dowling and Randall Schuler, of the first textbook on IHRM, which had as its main focus, HR in multinational corporations.

International Human Resource Management: Managing People in a Multinational Context(2008) is now in its 5th edition [the current author team consists of Peter Dowling, Marion Festing, and Allen Engle Sr.] and the IJHRM felt that the time was right to take stock of the text book and its role in the IHRM field.


In summary, while maintaining a consistent focus over time, there have also been important changes in the content and structure of the Dowling et al. book. These changes capture changes in the IHRM field over the years and have also served to help push the IHRM field to recognize these changes and their importance. Despite the growth in scope (and pages), it is worth noting that the Dowling et al. book continues to be very clear, concise, and accessible. Headings, exhibits, boxed examples, and colours are used to very good effect and together with the excellent writing, make for a highly readable book.

The 5th edition provides an excellent mix of conceptual models, empirical research, and application. The models and research are very effectively translated into clear and straightforward language and often driven home with examples, which appear throughout the book. The very thorough use and referencing of the research literature means that this book is also a wonderful resource for scholars and, as a service to any PhD student studying for comprehensive exams in IHRM, my advice would be to start with this book. In terms of the undergraduate and MBA classroom, the applications bring the scholarly concepts and evidence to life." -- The International Journal of Human Resource Management, October 2008

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Key features include: Expanded coverage of globalization, strategic IHRM, and the management of expatriates, more on outsourcing to different countries and off-shoring particularly to India and China, coverage of both MNCs and SMEs - SMEs are often overlooked in the IHRM literature,
more coverage of the effects of different cultures on companies & workforce, a new chapter on managing diversity, additional cross-cultural coverage and case material, a new section on the attitudes of senior management, a new chapter on sustaining global growth, linking the international HR function more firmly to a company's growth plans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good condition of teh book 26 May 2014
By Joanna
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This book was 'marked' like an 'used' but it looks like a completely new one!!! Very good condition. I'm really happy with tis choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 12 Mar 2011
By Yashy
Nice book, contain all the things you should know about IHRM in 368 pages. Easy to read as an academic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars IHRM used in a good contition sold as new 27 Feb 2009
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It said new in the box, though when i received it, it had some chinese ideograms written in some pages.

What's more, they delayed to send it to me. I conducted them and they said they forgat, they apologised and send it to me the next day
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boring 22 Aug 2006
By Annie V - Published on
Without previewing this book, I ordered it as the primary textbook for a graduate level course I was teaching in International HR Management. The table of contents looked comprehensive and since it was written by a couple of Australians, I thought it had to be good. Not so. Although the field of international human resource management is interesting and exciting, this book was not. Excessively wordy and academic, it was excruciatingly boring to read. My students unanimously gave it a thumbs-down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Expat Issues and Intro to Global HRM 3 Jan 2009
By W. Mueller - Published on
I got this book for my "Intro to Global HR" course, undergrad and it gives a good look at how a company grows from one country to multiple countries to global, as well as an excellent step by step look at expat relationships and the choices that a firm must make. It is complex, but comprehensive.
2.0 out of 5 stars A very limited resource 26 Jan 2014
By L. Lindisch - Published on
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This is a very limited resource. I would suggest that buying the SHRM GPHR preparatory materials would give you a better overview on international human resources management than this compilation. A big disappointment.
3.0 out of 5 stars A little one-sided 7 Jan 2013
By Maya Ogranovitch Scott - Published on
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The book harps on and on about the negative aspects of expatriate careers without going into the positives. Additionally, the expat is the primary focus of the book - very little attention is paid to the idea of managing HR from headquarters in an international context with employees local to each location (HCNs).
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the MBA 24 Oct 2012
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This text assumes the user has HR experience and therefore can be challenging for the undergraduate with no working experience. It is excellent for the masters level student and provides a wide view of international H R challenges. Cases at the end of the book provide real perspectives and identify a variety of topics explored in the text.
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