Strategy and Human Resource Management


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PART I: FOUNDATIONS 1. Human Resource Management: what and why? 2. Strategy and Strategic Management PART II: GENERAL PRINCIPLES 3.Strategic HRM: 'best fit' or 'best practice'? 4. Strategic HRM and sustained competitive advantage 5.Building a workforce: the challenge of interest alignment 6.Management power, employee voice and social legitimacy 7.Workforce performance and the 'black box' of HRM PART III: SPECIFIC CONTEXTS 8.HR strategy in manufacturing 9.HR strategy in services 10.HR strategy in multidivisional firms 11.HR strategy in multinational firms 12.Final thoughts: main themes and next steps.

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Clear and accessible, this book links HR theory with practice to demonstrate the role HRM should play in organisational performance. Redefining the framework developed in previous editions, this engaging textbook offers cutting edge research, enhanced analysis and in-depth coverage of HR strategy in the manufacturing, services and multinationals.

About the Author

Peter Boxall is Professor of Human Resource Management and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand. John Purcell is Visiting Professor at the School of Management, Bath University, UK. Until 2015 he held the position of the Deputy Chairman of the UK's Central Arbitration Committee for 15 years.


"Strategy and HRM remains the go to book for students, HR practitioners and senior managers seeking to understand the contested nature and role of strategic HRM in various organizational contexts. The updates and revisions of chapters have enhanced the clarity of arguments and debates and are directly relatable to issues facing managers in organizations today." - Elaine Yerby, University of East London, UK "This is an extremely well written and focused text. It approaches HRM from an industrial/employment relations perspective, providing a depth of coverage that sets it apart from other HRD oriented texts. It is ideal for postgraduate students of HRM and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it." - Beverley McNally, Prince Mohammad bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia "This book provides a sound and highly informative overview of the integrated fields of strategic management and HRM. The new edition goes much further than simply explaining the sub-functions of HR practice, by integrating them and incorporating contextual factors. Explicit and through attention is also given to the foundations of the field. Over the years my students have developed strong reflection skills mainly thanks to this textbook, and I can't recommend it highly enough." - Beatrice van der Heijden, Radboud University, Institute for Management Research, Nijmegen, the Netherlands "This book offers an innovative and balanced approach to strategic human resource management. It is an ideal text for students and practitioners who are interested in this significant field." - Greg Bamber, Monash University, Australia.

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