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Human Resource Information Systems
Basics, Applications, and Future Directions

Third Edition
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January 2014 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Human Resource Information Systems: Basics, Applications, and Future Directions is a cross-disciplinary book that provides a thorough introduction to the field of Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), a combination of two major management fields that impact the competitive advantage of companies—human resources and information systems. Unlike other HRIS textbooks that overwhelm students with technical info and jargon, this revised Third Edition offers a balanced approach in dealing with HR and IT/IS issues by drawing from experts in both areas.
Michael Kavanagh, Richard Johnson
Chapter 1 Evolution of Human Resource Management and Human Resource Information Systems: The Role of Information Technology
Janet Marler, Barry Floyd
Chapter 2 Database Concepts and Applications in Human Resource Information Systems
Michael Bedell, Michael Caniff
Chapter 3 Systems Considerations in the Design of an HRIS: Planning for Implementation
Lisa Plantamura, Johnson
Chapter 4: Human Resource Information Systems Needs Analysis
Richard Johnson, James Dulebohn
Chapter 5: System Design and Acquisition
Michael Kavanagh
Chapter 6: Project Management and Human Resource Management Advice for Human Resource Information Systems Implementation
Kevin Carlson, Michael Kavanagh
Chapter 7: HR Metrics and Workforce Analytics
Kevin Carlson, Michael Kavanagh
Chapter 8: Cost Justifying HRIS Investments
Romald Stone
Chapter 9: Change Management: Implementation, Integration, and Maintenance of the Human Resource Information System
Linda Isenhour
Chapter 10: Human Resources Administration and Human Resource Information Systems
Kevin M. Johns and Michael J. Kavanagh
Chapter 11: Talent Management
Kimberly Lukaszewski, David Dickter, Brian Lyons, and Jerard Kehoe
Chapter 12: Recruitment and Selection in an Internet Context
Ralf Burbach
Chapter 13: Training and Development: Issues and Human Resource Information Systems Applications
Charles Fay and Renato Nardoni
Chapter 14: Performance Management, Compensation, Benefits, Payroll, and the Human Resource Information System
Michael Kavanagh and John Michel
Chapter 15: Human Resource Information Systems and International Human Resource Management
Humayun Zafar and Dianna Stone
Chapter 16: HRIS Privacy and Security
Richard D. Johnson, Michael Kavanagh
Chapter 17: The Future of Human Resource Information Systems: Emerging Trends in HRM and IT

"Generally, the book seems to be cover all expected points relevant to HRIS, it provides nice overview of HR history and various HR activities. At the same time, it branches away from traditional HRM approach by introducing decision science knowledge. I like that each chapter has similar structure and include practical case."

Gery Markova
Wichita State University - Wichita

"The organization of each chapter is intuitive and comprehensive. I especially liked and appreciated the “Editors note” at the beginning of each chapter.. as if they were in front of me explaining why the chapter is important."

Marc Miller
Polytechnic University – Brooklyn

"The chapter on international human resource management is excellent.  It is one of the best I have ever read."

Jan Rauk
University Of Idaho-Coeurd'Alene - Coeur D Alene

"I really like the practicality of the text and how it talks about real world problems and solutions."

Frank Mueller
Oakland City University-Oakland City - Oakland City

This is one of the only few of the textbooks in this specific topic. Kavanagh's HRIS provides comprehensive reference material for the students. There are good references from both IT and HR point of views. Students should already have basic HRM and MIS knowledge prior to dive into this HRIS textbook. The content of this textbook is heavy on academic/theoretical viewpoints thus, additional practical and up-to-date materials should be complementary added. There are a handful of American examples/cases in the book which may not suit for other countries (e.g. reference of 401k, etc). Included lecturer's resources are useful, but, PowerPoints may needs update for more consistency with the book.

Dr Atichat Preittigun
International College, Burapha University
November 21, 2015

The book is well written and up to date with the technology discussions.

Mr Joseph Bennett
Adult Education, Judson University
June 28, 2015

Very good and would recommend

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
February 27, 2015

A textbook that covers comprehensive areas of HRMS.

Mr Mohammed Kofahi
Faculty of Information Technology, Al Albayt University
January 1, 2015

This book explains the complexity of issues faced within HR. Chapters clearly labelled and easy to follow.

Miss Sharon Brooks
Faculty of Higher Education, City College Plymouth
August 29, 2014

As this is one of several topics covered in my module it really offers all the details of the topic that the students need for the class but also for the assessments. It poses several interesting questions that can be used for class debate.

Ms Michelle McLardy
Coventry Business School, Coventry University
July 30, 2014

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Michael J. Kavanagh

Michael J. Kavanagh is Professor Emeritus of Management at the State University of New York at Albany. He is past editor of Group & Organization Management and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Eastern Academy of Management. He has been involved in the HRIS field since 1982. He established the HRIS MBA program at the University at Albany in 1984 and has taught numerous courses in the field of HRIS. In 2006, he received the Award for Career Excellence from the International Association for Human Resource Information... More About Author

Mohan Thite

Mohan Thite is an Associate Professor in Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He has a multi-disciplinary, multi-industry and multi-national career profile in academia and industry, spanning over 30 years. His research interests include Strategic human resource management, Digital HRM/ e-HRM/ Human resource information systems, international HRM and Global mobility and management of skilled talent in high-technology sectors. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of South Asian Journal of HRM, published by Sage. He has published five books and over 100 book chapters, journal articles in esteemed journals, research reports and conference... More About Author

Richard David Johnson

Richard D. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and is currently an Associate Professor at Washington State University. He has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters on topics such as HRIS, computer self-efficacy, e-learning, the psychological impacts of computing, and the digital divide. His research has been published in outlets such as Information Systems Research, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems, the International Journal of Human Computer Studies, and Human Resource Management Review. Dr. Johnson is a Past Chair of AIS SIGHCI and is a Senior Editor at Data Base and an... More About Author

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