- 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 there are at least three core claims to which most scholars of HRM subscribe. The first is that major changes in the nature of the environment in which organizations operate have placed pressure on organizations to be more strategic in their management of employees. This is the familiar view that most organizations are now operating in increasingly global, competitive, and volatile markets in which they must be flexible and able to develop unique products and services which are not easily imitable. Whilst some sector differentiation is made, according to most of the HRM literature it is through employees that such competitiveness can best be developed, because employees possess the kinds of skills that allow flexibility and which are difficult to imitate.
Paul Thompson is Professor and Head of the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Strathclyde. His research traverses the labor process, organization theory, and workplace misbehavior and conflict, and he is the co-editor of the recent Oxford Handbook on Work and Organization (Oxford University Press) with Stephen Ackroyd, Rosemary Batt, and Pamela Tolbert.
Bill Harley is Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Melbourne and Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce. His research interests range across HRM and industrial relations and his publications include Democracy and Participation at Work (Palgrave Macmillan), edited with Jeff Hyman and Paul Thompson.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.