Strategy and Human Resource Management: Third Edition (Management, Work and Organisations) Paperback – 7 Jan 2011
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'This is a very wise book. I have long been a fan of previous editions, which have a well annotated place on my shelf. It is crammed with practical tips and insights, all based on a thorough overview of the evidence. It will challenge its readers to think, but above all to become better managers. This book never shirks the difficult challenge of how to turn its key ideas into practice. It is that rare textbook which repays careful reading. I can't recommend it highly enough.' - Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership, Kent Business School, UK
'This third edition is a classic work integrating HRM and strategic management, explaining the latest theoretical and practical developments in this fascinating area. Superbly written and referenced in a style that is relevant to both HRM academic and practitioner communities, and bridges the gap between theory and practice. It also integrates both HRM and employment relations in a critical but constructive way. This book is an absolute must for any serious student of HRM and HRM practitioner alike.' - Paul Toulson, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, Massey University, NZ
'Linking Human Resources and strategy usually entails HR reaching out to try to grasp strategy concepts to justify that the function is aligned with strategy. Boxall and Purcell's Strategy and Human Resources bucks this trend to begin with an examination of strategy and then explore how HR can support it. This perspective can much better drive strategic thinking in HR and has much greater potential to increase the value of HR in the minds of strategic decision makers. This is the way HR should be taught.' -Patrick Wright, Professor of Strategic Human Resources, Cornell University, USA
'At its core, the field of strategic human resource management is concerned with integrating HR policies and practices with a firm's competitive strategy to enable firm success. Perhaps more than any other textbook, Professors Boxall and Purcell's Strategy and Human Resource Management offers a comprehensive and thorough treatment of the myriad issues and topics associated with strategic HRM. These leading scholars bring their experience and expertise to bear in synthesizing research and practice to provide students, academics and practitioners an evidence-based treatment of the premise and promise of integrating organizational strategy with human resource management.' - James P. Guthrie, William and Judy Docking Professor, School of Business, University of Kansas, USA
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If there is one light-bulb moment that I got from reading the book it was that organisations – quite rightly and properly – have a collection of HR systems, and different groups of people in an organisation may, quite legitimately, be treated differently. While different standards and privileges has been the reality in every organisation I have worked for, I, and HR specialist colleagues, were always, I think, trying to minimise those differences, to treat everyone by the same set of rules. We never succeeded, of course, and apart from anything else this work has made me realise that it is legitimate to have formally different systems for different employment groups. I also found the debate on “best fit” versus “best practice” quite edifying; “best practice” is probably one of those management terms that we all started using without really thinking about what we meant by it. The authors contrast ineffective “best practice”, the application of generic systems that may have worked well elsewhere with “best fit”, where HR systems are designed for the specific context of an organisation.
If you are interested in HRM in its widest sense – how best to manage people within an organisation – then I cannot recommend this text highly enough.
I would recommend this text as a good form of reference.
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