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Introduction to Human Resource Management [Paperback]

Paul Banfield , Rebecca Kay
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10 Jan 2008
Designed specifically for students taking their first introductory module in human resource management, this textbook combines the academic and practitioner perspectives to produce a balanced introduction to the subject. This approach explores how HR is actually practised and experienced in the workplace, which overcomes the idealistic and partial insights of many textbooks. By taking a truly holistic approach to the subject, this text avoids the presentation of HRM as a separate management function, and instead presents HR processes and challenges as an integral part of any business. The book is divided into 4 parts: The Foundations of HRM (Chapters 1- 2) is followed by Operational Challenges (Chapters 3-8). Key HR Processes are then examined (Chapters 9-12) before the final part presents three real-life case study chapters (Chapters 12- 15), which provide detailed insights into the role of HRM in three different business scenarios: the opening of a new hotel, the closure of a factory, and the reform of the HR function within an NHS hospital. By examining HR in action in a real life scenario, students can understand the application of the theories and avoid an over-simplistic understanding of the subject. Within each chapter, care has been taken to encourage students to think critically about the issues. Plenty of real life examples and case studies are included throughout, presenting the reader with opportunities to understand the theory in practice, and bringing the topics to life. A wide range of boxed learning features and a user-friendly writing style ensures the content is fully understood and encourages students to actively engage with the issues raised. All the chapters are packed with examples, mini-cases, and end-of-chapter case studies looking at UK, European and international businesses, illustrating each topic in real life contexts. Online Resource Centre For lecturers: 1. Test Bank 2. PowerPoint Lecture Slides 3. Seminar Activities 4. Answers to Case Study Questions 5. Discussion Questions and Suggested Answers 6. Essay Questions and Suggested Answers For students: 1. Additional Case Study Material - the story continued. 2. Multiple Choice Questions with feedback 3. Weblinks

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199291527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199291526
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 19.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great introductory text, ideal for newcomers to HRM. It covers all the main subject areas and is very practical. (David Williams, Programme leader, CIPD studies, The Business School, University of Greenwich)

Introduction to HRM is academic, but written in a very engaging way. It is readable - being written almost as a conversation with the reader. (Dr Louise Preget, Senior Lecturer, The Business School, Bournemouth University)

The case study chapters are very useful - and this book seems to give the clearest links between academic and practical insight. (Denise Bagley, Programme Director and Principal HRM lecturer, London Southbank University)

The book adopts a realistic, applied approach to HRM, emphasising relevant theories, concepts, and legislation. (Gitta Fletcher, HRM Pathway leader, Birmingham City University)

About the Author

Paul Banfield is Programme Director of Human Resource Management and International Development at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University Paul has been a lecturer in HRM both in the UK at Sheffield Hallam University, and at several overseas universities. Paul is heavily involved with the CIPD and has been a National Examiner for 8 years. Rebecca Kay is the HR Director of Cooper Lighting & Security Ltd. Prior to joining Cooper Industries she worked in HR for Stanley Tools and for Northern Foods, and has also been a guest lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Human Resource Management 23 Jan 2013
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Most of the books are technical and too intense to understand unless you already have a degree in HRM. This book explains everything in plain English it is easy to read and understand, great for anyone who wants to understand HR and the functions
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