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Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management

Stephen Taylor

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Develop a full understanding of the issues surrounding managing people with this broad-ranging and interactive textbook.

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About the book

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management is uniquely holistic in its approach to advanced HRM and takes the reader logically through a wide variety of practical issues and functions that affect HR practitioners. Topics addressed include competition and choice, people and skills, regulation and public policy, social trends, engaging people, managing an international workforce, and developing and implementing HR strategies. It is an essential one-stop resource that clearly evaluates the issues surrounding the way people are managed, offers insight into the future development of HRM, and provides the theoretical framework that will enable success in practice.

Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management is packed full of engaging features, such as chapter-by-chapter learning outcomes, case studies, critical reflections, questions and activities designed to actively engage you with the material addressed and summaries of key points to aid learning. Taking you step-by-step through the aspects of HR management so vital for the practice of HR within an organisation, Stephen Taylor's innovative textbook is ideal for students taking an HRM module at undergraduate or Master's level, as well as students taking other modules that explore people management in relation to the wider business context. Online resources are offered to complement the material and include annotated web links, for a wealth of useful sources and information to develop your understanding, multiple choice questionnaires, PowerPoint slides for tutors to design their programmes, along with Lecturer’s guides.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Competition and Choice;
    • Chapter - 02: People and Skills;
    • Chapter - 03: Regulation and Public Policy;
    • Chapter - 04: Social Trends;
    • Chapter - 05: Flexibility and Change;
    • Chapter - 06: Competing for People;
    • Chapter - 07: Managing Expectations;
    • Chapter - 08: Engaging People;
    • Chapter - 09: Managing Knowledge and Learning;
    • Chapter - 10: Managing an International Workforce;
    • Chapter - 11: Managing Ethically;
    • Chapter - 12: Developing HR Strategies;
    • Chapter - 13: Managing the HR Function


The key strength of this book is that unlike other textbooks it does not just present a range of HR functions, but tries to tell an overarching story about the future development of HRM
Michael Müller-Camen, Middlesex University Business School, UK

Taylor has a crisp student-friendly style that explains ‘why’ fashionable management fads can morph into more embedded HR practices. Contemporary Issues in HRM offers both scholars and practitioners accessible insights into current and emergent rends concerning the way people are managed. It is not a prophecy about the future of the professional but a series of well-informed pathways from which meaningful implications can be developed and explored further
Tony Dundon, School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland Galway; Chief Examiner for the CIPD and Editor of the Human Resource Management Journal

This text fills the gap in the UG and PG market. The coverage is comprehensive and the two-part format and the chapters within them offer students a clear structure to both follow and ‘dip into’ for workshop/assignment purposes etc
Margaret May, London Metropolitan University, UK


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9781843980582
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 12th September 2011
  • Paperback
  • Format: 246x191
  • 336 pages

About the Author

Stephen Taylor, Chartered FCIPD, is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the University of Exeter Business School, UK. He is also a Chief Examiner for the CIPD.

Stephen Taylor