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The handbook of human resource management
Towers, Brian.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Oxford [England] ; Cambridge, Mass. : Blackwell Business, 1996.
Physical Description:
xix, 540 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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HF5549 .H2964 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The second, fully revised edition of this best-selling handbookfeatures wide ranging, updated overviews of developments worldwideby leading international specialists of developments worldwide fromthe UK, USA, Europe and Australia as well as ccontributions on allaspects of HRM practice including, for the first time in thisedition, chapters on HRM in public sector organizations, its rolein the development of business ethics, and HRM in Informationtechnology.

The cases retain updated studies of Ford, Sainsbury and thecontroversial Rosyth Royal Dockyard as well as new cases ofteamworking in an electronics multinational and two studies fromGhana and Korea on the impact of national culture onmanagement.

Author Notes

Brian Towers teaches in the Department of Human Resource Management, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. He is the founder and editor of Industrial Relations Journal and an ACAS arbitrator with extensive experience in the practice of industrial relations and human resource management.

Table of Contents

Part I Contexts
1 Human Resource Management in the United KingdomDavid Guest
2 Human Relations Management in the USAGeorge Strauss
3 Human Resource Management in Japanese Manufacturing Companies in the UK and USABarry Wilkinson and Nick Oliver
4 Human Resource Management: The European DimensionPaul Kirkbride
5 Industrial Relations Reform and Organizational Change: Towards Strategic Human Resource Management in AustraliaGreg Bamber and Richard B. Sappey
6 Trade Unions and Human Resource ManagementP. B. Beaumont
7 Human Resource Management: A Sceptical LookRamsumair Singh
Part II Practice
8 Ethics, Strategy and Human Resource Management: Delivering Value to the EmployeePaul Miller
9 Human Resource Management and Selection: Better Solutions or New Dilemmas?Dora Scholarios and Cliff Lockyer
10 Performance AppraisalGordon Anderson
11 Involvement, Empowerment and CommitmentHarvie Ramsay
12 Workforce FlexibilityPaul Blyton
13 Human Resource Management and Flexibility in Pay: New Solutions or Old Problems?Cliff Lockyer
14 Training and Development: The Employers' Responsibility?Jeff Hyman
15 Human Resource Management and Women: The Vision of the Gender Blind?Jean Woodall
16 Human Resource Management in the Public SectorChris Moore
17 Managing Human Resources in the Information AgeJohn A. Taylor and Helen D. McIntosh
Part III Cases
Case 1 'Honey and Vinegar': Ford Motor Company's move to Human Resource ManagementAlan McKinlay and Ken Starkey
Case 2 Culture Change through Training: The Case of SainsburyAllan Williams and Paul Dobson
Case 3 Business and HRM Strategies: The Case of Rosyth Dockyard, ScotlandJames Kelly and John Gennard
Case 4 Human Resource Management at Bayer Diagnostics Manufacturing LtdLaurie Hunter and P. B. Beaumont
Case 5 Commitment and Conflict: Worker Resistance to HRM in the Microelectronics IndustryAlan McKinlay and Phil Taylor
Case 6 Managing in Different CulturesThe Case of Ghana and Katherine Gardiner
Case 7 Managers Work Values in Different Cultures: The Case of the Korea Electric Power CorporationYoung Ha Lee