The HR (R)Evolution: It’s Time to Change the Workplace and Change the World

1st Edition

Alan Watkins, Nick Dalton

Routledge
December 20, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages - 9 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367348137 - CAT# 322444

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Summary

Many observers have suggested that capitalism is fast destroying our planet, concentrating power in a few big companies. Excessive short-termism, leveraged debt, digitisation and disruption are the new normal. We stand at a critical juncture where the two paths ahead could lead to very different futures. One route could take us back to the harshest days of the early Industrial Revolution and the Great Depression. The other could lead to a world of abundance, equality, inclusivity and prosperity for all. Which future awaits us will largely be determined by business and HR in particular.

 

Books on HR tend to focus on HR practices and potential interventions, but they rarely look at the profession, how it evolved and how and why those people practices were created. HR (R)Evolution: Change the Workplace, Change the World describes the ‘Seven Great Waves’ of change and explains how each wave impacted business. It explains how some companies are stuck in the past and how HR can break the deadlock if it understands what the future holds. This book is meant for senior business leaders or anyone currently working in HR who are grappling with the paradoxes of business today. It’s for leaders who recognise that people issues are the central challenge of our time. Whether we embrace the waves yet to come will determine whether we survive or regress, whether we flourish or flounder. The future is in your hands.

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