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An Introduction to Human Resource Management

An Introduction to Human Resource Management

Second Edition
  • Nick Wilton - Oxford Brookes University, UK, University of the West of England, UK
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April 2013 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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'A first class text. It is scholarly and yet very accessible.' - Louise Preget, Senior Lecturer, Bournemouth University Business School

The second edition of Nick Wilton's An Introduction to Human Resource Management continues to provide an engaging and holistic overview of the role of Human Resource Management in its contemporary context. It reflects on current trends, the labour market and the global economy while offering a critical yet accessible treatment of both theoretical and practical issues relating to Human Resource Management.

  •  New Full Colour Layout makes the text easy to read and navigate
  • HR in Practice boxes illustrate how theory can be applied in practice
  • Ethical Insights present ethical considerations for budding practitioners
  • Global Insights highlight practices around the world
  • Research Insights invite you to explore academic research
  • Case Studies relate theory to real organisations such as Tesco, Intel and Lloyds TSB
  • Self-test questions are ideal for revision
  • Further Online Reading provides free access to scholarly journal articles
  • Glossary and Definitions explain key terms
  • Podcasts summarise key topics and highlight employability skills

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This book is essential reading for undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students, including those studying for their CIPD qualifications.


CHAPTER 1 What is HRM?
CHAPTER 2 HRM and the Individual
CHAPTER 3 HRM, Strategy and Performance
CHAPTER 4 The Labour Market Context of HRM
CHAPTER 5 The National and International Context of HRM
CHAPTER 6 People Resourcing
CHAPTER 7 Managing Performance
CHAPTER 8 Managing Reward
CHAPTER 9 Human Resource Development
CHAPTER 10 Employment Relations
CHAPTER 11 HRM, Equality and Diversity
CHAPTER 12 Careers and Career Management
CHAPTER 13 The Management of Workplace Conflict
CHAPTER 14 HRM, Work and Well-being
CHAPTER 15 Current Trends and Future Challenges in HRM

A great book for giving an overall introducation to HR. Well structured book

Mrs Jennifer Hogg
Business & General Education, North West regional college
February 28, 2014

The text is well-organized and the concepts are presented clearly. This text also has supplemental materials for the instructor, which I will need to use because I will not have time before the course starts to prepare my own.

Dr Mike Guerra
Business Admin Economics Prog, Lincoln University
February 26, 2014

This text has been received well by both our students and ourselves. It fits well with our approach to our managing people module and in the new edition includes more international considerations to enable us to use it with an increasingly international group of students. It also has an appropriate style for exective MBAs without the patronising tone that can be prevalent in some texts.

Dr Ann Parkinson
Henley Business School, Reading University
February 18, 2014

Very good read, with lots of key elements we are looking to involve within the course

Mr Stuart Priestley
Sport, Myerscough College
February 5, 2014

This is a very good book that highlights key areas for our students to develop an insight into the workings of human resources.

HIGHER EDUCATION, Canterbury College
January 27, 2014

It is a good and basic book in hrm.

Ms Elisabeth Borg
Dept of Management & Engineering (IEI), Linkoping University
January 14, 2014

We still use the first edition of this book, but when revising the course, we will adopt this/the latest edition.

Dr Joris Ruysseveldt
Work and Organizational Psychology, Open University of the Netherlands
October 1, 2013

This 2nd edition of Nick's work includes more examples and updated data of HRM in contemporary practice. Continues to be a good combination of both theory and practice. The new layout is more engaging specially for undergraduate students. Love the podcasts available for download on the companion website!

Professor Ana Maria Santos
Public Administration, Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas
July 25, 2013

This is one of 2 introductory texts on the subject that I recommend to my L4 students. I like its depth for an introductory text. It is more comprehensive than traditional introductory texts and so represents better value and input to the students.

Mrs Michelle Blackburn
Business and Management, Sheffield Hallam University
July 19, 2013

Ideal book for students undertaking Each chapter contains useful points. An excellent resource which I would highly recommend.

Dr Denis Hyams-Ssekasi
Business School, Oldham College
July 15, 2013

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Nick Wilton

Nick Wilton is Associate Head of Department (Business and Management) and Senior Lecturer in HRM at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781446255834