Human resource management : an experiential approach
The sixth edition of Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach continues with the dual goals of providing theoretical and experiential approaches to the study of human resource management while focusing on the enhancement of student competencies shown to be predictive of a student's ability to obtain and maintain employment. Students are given the conceptual background and content necessary to understand the relevant issues in HRM. In addition, they participate in individual and group exercises that require the application of chapter content to specific problems designed to develop critical personal competencies.
This sixth edition continues with the basic experiential approach, but changes have been made to improve the text. First, more emphasis is placed on the implications of HRM issues and policies for general managers who apply HRM policy but also who have a profound effect on the success or failure of HRM. Second, more attention is paid to the implications of HRM for small business, where all HRM functions may rest with personnel also performing a myriad of other business activities and with no formal training in HRM. We continue to emphasize discrepancies between HRM findings from sound, academic research and the practice of HRM. We are happy to report that many of these discrepancies are closing as more HR specialists become aware of research on "high-performance work systems" and the growing body of literature linking particular HRM practices to corporate and organizational success. In fact, more professional associations such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) are increasingly sponsoring research projects.
Perhaps the most important improvement in the book is in the writing. An extra effort has been made to simplify and improve the writing and the transitions from chapter to chapter. This text remains the only HR book that attempts to directly link student learn¬ing experiences in HRM with assessed competencies judged by experts to be essential for graduating business students. Research on business college graduates has been critical of the readiness of business graduates for work, noting deficiencies in a number of areas, including communication skills, analytical thinking, decision-making ability, and leader¬ship potential. While other experiential texts are available, this is the first to attempt to provide adequate coverage of the subject matter in each of the vital areas of HRM while preparing the student to "learn by doing." This is also the first attempt among HRM texts to provide a research-based methodology for the assessment of the critical competencies and to provide a process by which students may evaluate the extent to which they have improved their competencies as they progress through the course.
Detailed changes in the sixth edition:
1. Chapter 1. Expanded discussion of "high-performance work practices" and corporate
2. Chapter 2. Expanded discussion of Hofstede's Values research. Update on expatriate
research and multinational subsidiaries.
3. Chapter 3. Latest EEO research and Supreme Court findings as related to Title VII, the
ADEA, and the ADA.
4. Chapter 4. Expanded discussion of competency modeling and the use of the O*NET.
5. Chapter 5. Latest research on Internet recruiting and internships. Summary of meta-
analytic research on recruiting; latest legal activity related to immigration law;
expanded discussion of offshoring. New case on diversity and HR audits; effects of arbitration policy on recruiting.
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