Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

Series
Financial Times
Author
Derek Torrington / Laura Hall / Steven Taylor  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
1
Language
English
Total pages
464
Pub.-date
December 2008
ISBN13
9780273713067
ISBN
027371306X
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Description

The academic and professional careers if many thousands of HRM students and managers have been underpinned by their reading of Torrington et al’s long-standing, comprehensive and market leading text Human Resource Management.

Now, this same author team has developed a brand new concise text, Fundamentals of HRM, aimed primarily at students who are studying for general business and management degrees, or who are studying HRM as part of a combined honours degree with another discipline in arts, languages, humanities or sciences.

Adopting the same accessible and practical perspective on the discipline, the book focuses on the core responsibilities of people management which every manager will have to undertake and understand. A section on skills such as interviewing, coaching and performance appraisal supports this practical approach.

Features

Among the most valuable features and aids to learning in the book are:

  • Thorough and up to date examination of the key areas of HRM practice as they will be experienced by general / line managers
  • ‘Window on Practice’ boxes provide a range of illustrative material, including examples of real company practice, survey results and anecdotes which bring the content alive for students
  • ‘Activity Boxes’ encourage readers to review and apply their understanding at regular intervals – either responding to questions or undertaking a short assignment, individually or as part of a group

Key content in Fundamentals of HRM:

  • Chapters on core functions such as recruitment, selection, training and performance management
  • Chapters on key elements of contemporary HRM such as Diversity, Leadership, International and Strategic considerations
  • Each chapter focuses on the broad topic of its title, and closes by exploring one specific key debate (e.g. in Reward Management: does performance-related pay work?)

The following online resources support the text:

  • For Students: self-assessment questions, glossary, revision “flashcards”
  • For Instructors: teaching manual, powerpoint slides and testbank

Table of Contents

Contents

Guided tour

Preface

Acknowledgements

 

1          Introducing human resource management

            Defining human resource management

            HRM and the achievement of organisational effectiveness        

            Major trends in the HRM business environment

            Major themes in contemporary HRM practice

            Key debate: The state of the psychological contract

            Summary propositions

            General discussion topics

            Further reading

            References

 

Part 1 Managing people at work

 

2. Organising a workforce

      Workforce organisation

      Flexibility for organisational benefit

      Key debate: Work-life integration

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

3. Recruitment and retention

      Methods of recruitment        

      Employer branding

      Staff turnover rates and trends

      Staff retention strategies

      Key debate: The significance of skills shortages in the UK

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

4. Selection

      Selection as a two-way process

      Selection criteria

      Selection methods

      Final selection decision making

      Key debate: Validity and use of selection methods

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

5. Performance management 

      Introducing performance management

      Stages in a performance management system

      Implementation and critique of performance management

      Evaluation of performance management systems

      Key debate: 360-degree feedback

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

6. People development

      The UK learning and development context

      The value of learning and development to organisations and individuals

      The line manager and learning and development

      The use of behavioural competencies in learning and development

      Methods of learning and development

      Key debate: Is e-learning the future of learning and development?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading         

      References

 

7. Reward management

      Management objectives

      Setting base pay

      The elements of payment

      Incentives

      Benefits

      Total reward

      Key debate: Does PRP work?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

8. Employee relations

      Strategic choices

      Employee involvement

      Terminology

      Information sharing

      Consultation

      Key debate: The role and future of trade unions

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

Part 2 Emerging issues in managing people

 

9. Employment regulation

      A regulatory revolution

      Discrimination law

      Unfair dismissal law

      Health and safety law

      Family-friendly employment law

      Key debate: Is employment law a benefit or a burden for businesses?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

10. Diversity in Employment

      What do we mean by diversity in employment?

      Why is diversity in employment important?

      Implications for line managers

      Achieving successful diversity in organisations

      Key debate: Managing diversity or emphasising equality?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      References

 

11. Human resource strategy

      The nature of HR strategy and its link with organisational strategy

      Theoretical perspectives of strategic HRM

      Key debate: What are the people management implications of downsizing and where does the line manager fit in?

      The line manager as downsizing agent

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      References

 

12. Leading people

      Some definitions: Leadership and management

      What are the traits of leaders and effective leaders?

      What is the ‘best way to lead’? Leadership styles and behaviours

      Do leaders need different styles for different situations?

      Developing leadership skills

      Key debate: Do organisations need heroic or empowering leaders?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      References

     

13. The HR contribution

      The role of line managers in HR

      Analysis of HR roles and structures

      Outsourcing HR

      Key debate: HR shared services – what’s best for line managers and employees?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      References

     

14. Managing people internationally

      The HRM dimension to international management

      Different ways of working overseas

      Key debate: Managing an international workforce, away or at home?

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      References

 

15. The future of HRM

      The labour market

      Competitive pressures

      Regulation

      Key debate: Future contractual arrangements

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      References

 

The Skills Package

 

1.   Face-to-face skills in management

      Why managers need to develop skills in various face-to-face situations

      Effectiveness in interaction

      Different  types of interaction

      Fundamental skills in setting the tone

      Fundamental skills in listening

      Fundamental skills in questioning

      Fundamental skills in feedback

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      Exercises      

     

2.       The selection interview

      Varieties of selection interview

      The purpose of the selection interview

      Interviewing strategy

      The selection interview sequence

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      Practical exercise in selection interviewing

     

3.       The appraisal interview

      Appraisal problems

      The appraisal interview style

      The appraisal interview sequence

      Making appraisal work

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      Exercise

 

4.       Coaching

      The scope and potential of coaching

      The career anchor

      The qualities of the coach

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

      Exercise

     

5.       The disciplinary interview

      The nature of disciplinary interviewing

      The discipline sequence

      Summary propositions

      General discussion topics

      Further reading

      Web links

 

Glossary

Index

 

 

 

Back Cover

Managing people at work. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and in pursuing a successful career, you’ll need to know how …

So, let the marketing-leading authors of this brand-new text guide you to a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and practices of human resource management, focusing on key issues such as:

-          recruiting, developing and retaining talented staff

-          working within a diverse and international workforce

-          the impact of HR strategy on organisational success

The Fundamentals of Human Resource Management assumes no prior knowledge of the subject, and in 15 clearly-written chapters, over 100 short and engaging examples, and a 30-page section with a focus on core practical skills, will give you a thorough understanding of what you need to know and do to succeed in managing people at work.

Read it and see why people are saying:

“… enjoyable and accessible for those seeking to get to grips with current and future concerns in HRM for the first time… an excellent all round view of the people management issues faced by line managers every day.”

Dr David Banner, University of Westminster

Derek Torrington is Emeritus Professor of Management, University of Manchester.

Laura Hall and Stephen Taylor are both Senior Lecturers in HRM at Manchester Metropolitan University. Stephen is also National Examiner for the CIPD.

Carol Atkinson is Senior Lecturer at Bradford University School of Management.

Author

Derek Torrington is Emeritus Professor of Management, University of Manchester. Laura Hall and Stephen Taylor are both Senior Lecturers in HRM at Manchester Metropolitan University. Carol Atkinson is Senior Lecturer in HRM at Bradford University.


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