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Human Resource Management, 8th Edition

by: Derek Torrington, Stephen Taylor, Laura Hall, Carol Atkinson

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Publisher: ,02.12.10

Category: Human Resource Management Level:

ISBN: 0273732323
ISBN13: 9780273732327

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This best selling textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to human resource management, covering all the main areas of HRM practice as well as the key skills that HR practitioners will need. The book is written from a practical perspective in a clear and engaging style. It includes full coverage of operational issues and introduces the major academic debates of relevance to the field.

It is written as an introduction for students of HRM at all levels, including those on CIPD courses.

New To This Edition


            Coverage of the rapidly changing business environment and its impact on HRM throughout the text, plus a brand-new chapter exploring the broader context of human resource management (Chapter 2)

            New chapter on Organisational Design & Flexibility

            Increased focus on strategy throughout the book

            Expanded content on skills - face-to-face skills and many more

            A new author, Carol Atkinson, joins the author team and brings a wealth of teaching experience to bear on its development

Features and Benefits


  * Thorough and up-to-date examination of all the key areas of HRM practice

  * 'Window on Practice' boxes provide a range of illustrative material, including examples of real company practice, survey results, anecdotes and court cases 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

  * 'Focus on Skills' content

(expanded in this new edition) enables students to develop specific work-based and face-to-face skills within HR practice

  * Case Study Problems enable readers to apply their understanding of the concepts to a business scenario

This book also comes with an access card that gives access to MyManagementLab.

What is a MyLab? Pearson Education's MyLab products provide an innovative and interactive web-based solution that personalises both the teaching and learning experience. With content developed specifically to match key learning objectives for HRM students, the power of a MyLab lies in the combination of assessment, reporting, and personalised study that helps both students and instructors succeed.

Within a flexible course management platform, instructors can:

            Assess student progress through homework quizzes and tests that are easily set using the extensive pre-prepared question bank.

            Assign short answer, discussion and essay questions from each topic for student homework or tutorial preparation.

            Track student activity and performance using detailed reporting capabilities.

            Communicate with students and teaching staff using email and announcement tools.

Students will benefit from a personalised learning experience, where they can:

            Complete a diagnostic 'pre-test' to generate a personal self-study plan that enables them to focus on the topics where their knowledge is weaker.

            Improve their understanding through a variety of practice activities including; revision flashcards, short answer questions, audio downloads and video cases.

            Measure their progress with a follow-up 'post-test' that ensures they have mastered key learning objectives - and gives them the confidence to move on to the next topic.

Table of Contents


Part I Introduction

1. The nature of Human Resource Management
2. Strategic Human Resource Management
3. Planning: jobs and people
4. The international dimension

Part II Resourcing

5. Strategic aspects of resourcing
6. Contracts, contractors and consultants
7. Recruitment
8. Selection methods and decisions
9. Staff retention
10.Ending the contract

Part III Performance

11. Strategic aspects of performance
12. Organisational performance: knowledge and learning
13. Employee Performance Management
14. Leadership and change management
15. Managing absence and attendance

Part IV Development

16. Strategic aspects of development
17. Context, competence and competencies
18. Learning and development
19. Career development

Part V Employee relations

20. Strategic aspects of employee relations
21. Employee involvement
22. Health, safety and welfare
23. The legal framework for equality
24. Equal opportunities and diversity
25. Grievance and discipline

Part VI Reward

26. Strategic aspects of reward
27. Salaries
28. Incentives
29. Pensions and benefits

Part VII Emerging Issues

30. Ethics and corporate social responsibility
31. Work-life balance
32. The changing HR function

Information Technology and Human Capital Measurement
34. The future of work

Part VIII Focus on skills

About the Authors


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, as well as National Examiners for the CIPD. Carol Atkinson is Senior Lecturer in HRM at Bradford University Business School.