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Introduction to Human Resource Management

Introduction to Human Resource Management

A Guide to HR in Practice

Charles Leatherbarrow, Janet Fletcher

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Gain a thorough understanding of the key concepts of HRM with this introductory textbook, which gives a comprehensive background for those without practical industry experience.

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About the book

Introduction to Human Resource Management is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the subject of HRM. Drawing on the authors' experiences in both the public and private sectors and underpinned by academic theory, this textbook follows the logical sequence of the employment cycle and shows how human resource management plays out in practice. It covers organizational culture, the role of the HR professional, HR planning, recruitment and selection, talent management, L&D, motivation and performance, health and safety, diversity and equality, employment law, change management and handling and managing information.

With a range of pedagogical features, including contemporary case studies and review questions, Introduction to Human Resource Management maps to the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice and is also ideal for foundation and undergraduate students encountering HRM for the first time. This fully updated 4th edition has been revised and expanded to include coverage of zero-hours contracts and the gig economy, social media and e-recruitment and the UK apprenticeship levy. Online supporting resources include an instructor's manual, lecture slides and students' resources including multiple choice questions, additional case studies and reflective questions for self-study.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Organisations;
    • Chapter - 02: Aspects of Organisational Culture;
    • Chapter - 03: Human Resource Management (HRM);
    • Chapter - 04: The Role of the HR Practitioner;
    • Chapter - 05: Human Resource Planning;
    • Chapter - 06: Recruitment;
    • Chapter - 07: Selection;
    • Chapter - 08: Induction and Retention;
    • Chapter - 09: Learning and Development - Key Concepts;
    • Chapter - 10: Learning and Development - The Practical Aspects;
    • Chapter - 11: Employee Motivation and Performance;
    • Chapter - 12: Employee Reward;
    • Chapter - 13: The Employment Relationship;
    • Chapter - 14: Health, Safety, Well-Being and Work-Life Balance;
    • Chapter - 15: Diversity and Equality;
    • Chapter - 16: Understanding Employment Law;
    • Chapter - 17: Ending the Employment Relationship;
    • Chapter - 18: Change Management;
    • Chapter - 19: Handling and Managing Information


This book does a brilliant job in introducing HRM to entry level students. It is pitched at the right level where it helps the reader in understanding the underlying principles and foundations of the many aspects of modern HRM practice. It also balances that by presenting students with up-to-date examples and case studies which deepen their learning and application of the concepts. There is a nice mixture of activities, theory, questions and case studies to provide a multi-layered learning and teaching platform.
Sterling Rauseo, Lecturer in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour, Business School, University of Greenwich

This text outlines key HR themes through a series of readable chapters, engaging activities and really useful case study examples. I love that the topics draw on academic, practical and professional spheres on the HR world and that there is a focus on how themes link with each other to provide a fuller picture. This produces a book which not only provides a great basic underpinning knowledge but extends learning with self-directed study ideas and review activities.
Dr Frances McGregor, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Huddersfield Business School

This is a very good introduction to human resource management which is great for entry level students and also a good basic reference for anyone making a career move into the profession or working with HR. The book is ideal for both online/distance learning and classroom-based students as chapters contain a mix of content including factual information, research-based activity, case study examples, reflective statements and ideas for group work. I will definitely recommend this book to undergraduate students.
Karen Trem, Lecturer in People Management, Leadership and Governance, Leeds Beckett University

Holistic, integrated coverage of CIPD standards, particularly for those who want to delve deeper into the wider concepts having an impact on the contemporary HR function. Varied case studies, activities and clearly defined concepts are great for the independent learner.
Andrea Young, Learning and Development Consultant


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9780749483685
  • Edition: 4
  • Published: 3rd October 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 245x189
  • 568 pages

About the Author

Charles Leatherbarrow is now retired. His career led him into managing the HR and Training functions within the oil and gas exploration sector in locations around the world. His later life was in academia, lecturing, researching and writing about human resource management.

Janet Fletcher, Chartered FCIPD, is a senior lecturer in HRM at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

Charles Leatherbarrow

Janet Fletcher