Strategic Human Resource Management: A Research Overview

1st Edition

John Storey, Dave Ulrich, Patrick M. Wright

April 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 136 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138591998 - CAT# K386917
Series: State of the Art in Business Research


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Research in the domain of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) has burgeoned over the past thirty years. Over this time there was a shift towards a strategic conception which posited workers as ‘assets’ rather than ‘costs’. These ‘human resources’ were reconceptualised as a key source of competitive advantage. Hence, these assets were to be treated seriously: selected with care, trained and developed, and above all, induced to offer commitment. The concept of ‘human capital’ came to the fore and during these three decades research output has been voluminous. Meanwhile, other trends vie with the SHRM model: precarious employment, zero-hour contracts, sub-contracting and outsourcing and other competing ways of arranging work. Finding a pathway through this minefield is challenging.

Strategic Human Resource Management: A Research Overview, authored by three global research leaders, provides an expert summary and guide. This new shortform book develops the argument that a crucial element of organizational performance is the way work is organized in skill and talent packages both domestically and across global competency clusters. This succinct guide focuses on current and emergent challenges. The ‘package’ of HR approaches has changed over time. This new volume pays special regard to the HR implications which arise from radically altering contexts – economic, social and technological.

This concise volume covers themes of vital interest and is essential reading for business scholars and professionals.

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