- The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Human Resource Management: Scope, Analysis, and Significance
- The Development of HRM in Historical and International Perspective
- The Goals of HRM
- Economics and HRM
- Strategic Management and HRM
- Organization Theory and HRM
- HRM and the Worker: Towards a New Psychological Contract?
- HRM and the Worker: Labor Process Perspectives
- HRM and Societal Embeddedness
- Work Organization
- Employment Subsystems and the ‘HR Architecture’
- Employee Voice Systems
- EEO and the Management of Diversity
- Recruitment Strategy
- Selection Decision-Making
- Training, Development, and Competence
- Remuneration: Pay Effects at Work
- Performance Management
- HRM Systems and the Problem of Internal Fit
- HRM and Contemporary Manufacturing
- Service Strategies: Marketing, Operations, and Human Resource Practices
- HRM and Knowledge Workers
- HRM and the New Public Management
- Multinational Companies and Global Human Resource Strategy
- Transnational Firms and Cultural Diversity
- HRM and Business Performance
- Modeling HRM and Performance Linkages
- Family-Friendly, Equal-Opportunity, and High-Involvement Management in Britain
- Social Legitimacy of the HRM Profession: A US Perspective
Abstract and Keywords
This article argues that HR professionals need to treat business strategy as an endogenous variable, be more externally focused and skilled at building networks and productive alliances with other groups and institutions, become more analytical and able to document the benefits associated with effective HR policies and practices to firms and employees, and be skilled at managing in an increasingly transparent society and information savvy workforce. The changing gender composition of the HR profession may affect its success in making these changes and meeting these challenges. Ironically, however, significant change in the status and legitimacy of the HR profession may require a rebalancing of power in employment relations.
Thomas A. Kochan is the George M. Bunker Professor of Work and Employment Relations at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Co-Director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research, and Chair of the MIT Faculty. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin in 1973. He is past President of the Industrial Relations Research Association and the International Industrial Relations Association.
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