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An Introduction to Human Resource Management

An Introduction to Human Resource Management

Third Edition
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Human Resource Management

© 2016 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Get 12 months FREE access to an interactive eBook when purchasing the paperback*

Reflecting the global nature of the workplace with its use of real world examples and case studies, Nick Wilton’s book is not another 'How to' of HRM in practice, but goes beyond the prescriptive approach to the practice of strategic HRM and encourages critical reflection to prepare students for the issues and dilemmas they could face in their careers. 

Providing an introduction to the management of people in work organizations, it seeks to outline the purpose and operation of HRM activities in the 'real world', whilst situating practice in the context of associated debates and controversies played out in the parallel field of academic study. It adopts a critical perspective on the study and practice of HRM to provide the reader with an understanding not only of the potential for HRM to contribute to both improved organizational performance and individual well-being in the workplace, but also why it very often fails to achieve either of these positive outcomes and suggests that the management of people is not the exclusive preserve of HR specialists, but an area of interest or concern for all organizational actors.

The new edition comes packed with features that encourage readers to engage and relate theory to practice including:

- Management skills and attributes boxes outlining the required competencies of line managers and HR practitioners

- HR in practice boxes illustrating how HRM theory works in real world practice

- Ethical insights presenting ethical considerations for budding practitioners

- Global insights highlighting practices around the world

- Research insights inviting students to explore further academic research

- Case Studies and Examples offering a more in-depth look at HRM across a variety of organizations

- A free interactive eBook* featuring author videos, web-links interactive multiple choice questions, free SAGE journal articles, extended case studies and other relevant links, allowing access on the go and encouraging learning and retention whatever the reading or learning style.

Aimed at students across the academic spectrum, whether studying on a specialist HRM or CIPD program of study, a generalist business and management programme or studying HRM as part of a programme in an unrelated discipline (such as engineering or humanities).

*Interactivity only available through Vitalsource eBook included as part of paperback product (ISBN 9781473954199).
Access not guaranteed on second-hand copies (as access code may have previously been redeemed).

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


Companion Website and IEB

Student Resources  

  • Video links        
  • Author Videos       
  • SAGE journal articles        
  • MCQs        
  • Flashcards
  • Additional cases with notes               
  • Instructor’s manual        
  • Powerpoint slides
  • SAGE Journal Articles
Instructor Resources 
- Additional Case Studies with Tutor Notes
-PowerPoint Slides
-Instructor's Manual

A highly accessible book for all students with broad coverage of a wide range of HRM topics. The combination of research and practice results in an interesting insight into HRM. The new interactive ebook is a great addition.  

Wendy Yellowley
Principal Lecturer HRM, University of hertfordshire

This book has become an established text, combining insights and examples that bring something fresh to the study of HRM. With its comprehensive format, it’s an all-rounder and a staple on my bookshelf. Undoubtedly a rich resource for students and lecturers of HRM.

Dr. Shirley Barrett
Lecturer, International Business, Ulster University Business School

This is engaging and comprehensive in its coverage of HRM theory and practice.  It is a ‘must go to’ text for both undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA and CIPD HRM students and HRM academics.

Dr. Kate Black
Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

I have been using this text with our executive MBAs for over three years now and it hasn’t failed me yet. Wilton can always be relied on to provide the right balance between being based on sound theory without being too academic to put off practising managers. Another great reason for working with this text is the additional web resources and access to articles that accompany the text both for me and my students.  It is a great support in instilling in existing and future managers the importance of good people practices and management if they want to build successful and ethical organisations.

Dr Ann Parkinson, Chartered FCIPD
Henley Business School, University of Reading

A very useful textbook, well structured and laid out; making it easy to navigate through.

Appropriate for tutors and students alike.

Mr Stuart Priestley
Sport, Myerscough College
October 14, 2016

The book lacks theoretical relining in some cases which makes it tough to use for guiding students using it as basis for scientific papers in that field.

Mr Björn Alexander Walther
Department of Economics, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena
October 10, 2016

The book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the HRM field. We particularly value the three parts in the book; HRM in context, in practice, and contemporary issues in HRM. All important HRM topics are covered and the chapters have an appealing layout.

Dr Brigitte Claessens
Psychology , Radboud University Nijmegen
September 19, 2016

Accessible to students, up to date, reasonably priced

Dr Andrew Sparks
Business Administration , De Montfort University
September 9, 2016

This book addresses a range of contemporary issues around the field of HRM. It is a good text which will support those new to the field of HRM.

Lesley Mearns
Faculty of Business and Law, Sunderland University
August 8, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - What is HRM?

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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