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Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic Human Resource Management
An International Perspective

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Human Resource Development

February 2014 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Instructors - Electronic inspection copies are available or contact your local sales representative for an inspection copy of the print version.

Containing simple explanations of complex ideas and written in plain English, this text has been designed with your needs as a student firmly in mind.

Whether you are studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level, our team of expert authors will guide and develop your understanding of each key area of the curriculum, from the fundamentals through to critical evaluation towards the end of each chapter.

Key features:

  • Numerous practical examples and case studies in each chapter bring the rigorous theoretical and academic underpinning alive 
  • Cases and examples from across the globe as well as chapters on culture and globalization reflect the global nature of the contemporary workplace
  • Final chapter on the future of HRM by Linda Holbeche, former director of research at the CIPD, will equip you to deal with new and emerging issues and challenges 
  • Excellent range of learning features including an end of book glossary to help you quickly understand new and complex terminologies
  • Visit the companion website at:

Full-text SAGE journal articles available online to encourage further exploration of the field and filmed introductions to each area by the book's team of experts.

Part I: The Organization, the Organizational Context and Strategy
Gary Rees and Paul E. Smith
Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Organization, its Environment and Human Resource Management
Paola Pisano, Alison Rieple and Marco Pironti
Chapter 2: Strategy Approaches
Geoffrey Wood and Zsuzsanna Kispal-Vitai
Chapter 3: Strategic Human Resource Management
Charles Leatherbarrow
Chapter 4: HRM: The Added Value Debate
Part II- The Functional aspects of HR
Stephen Taylor
Chapter 5: Recruitment and Selection
Sue Hutchinson
Chapter 6: Flexible Working
Geoff White
Chapter 7: Reward Strategy and Managing Performance
Moira Calveley, David Allsop & Natalia Rocha Lawton
Chapter 8: Managing the Employment Relationship
John Neugebauer
Chapter 9: Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
Jim Stewart
Chapter 10: Developing Employees and Managers
Part III: SHRM and the 'Bigger Picture'
Dr. Crystal Zhang and Paul Iles
Chapter 11: Organizational Culture
Paul Iles
Chapter 12: Managing in a Global Context
Dr Linda Holbeche
Chapter 13: The Future of HR


Rees & Smith Companion Website

For Lecturers:

  • Instructors manual
  • PowerPoint slides

For Students: 

  • Free selected SAGE Journal Articles
  • Podcasts

'This book provides a timely examination of the notion of strategic HRM. It reminds us that changes in the nature of the economy, organizations, and business models mean that we must fundamentally re-examine our ideas about HRM and how it adds value. Drawing on a number of leading experts, it gives us voice to a range of competing perspectives on this question.'

Paul Sparrow
Professor of International HRM, Lancaster University Management School

'This textbook includes chapters written by leading names in the field and lots of user-friendly short case studies from around the world.'

Chris Brewster
Professor of International HRM, Henley Business School

Very good book for students and for myself, as a teacher.

Mrs Isabel Fernandes Torres
Instituto de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação, Universidade Lusíada do Porto
February 11, 2016

Good, general, broad text on this subject. The 'functional' Part 2 is not so useful for my course, but the Parts 1 and 3 are directly relevant and will get quite a lot of usage.

Dr Peter Scott
Portsmouth Business School, Portsmouth University
March 17, 2015

A very useful general text which is well written and user friendly.

Mr William Metcalf
Faculty of Business and Law, Lincoln University
March 16, 2015

Very useful to students

Dr Sunrita Dhar-Bhattacharjee
Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS), Anglia Ruskin University
February 24, 2015

Highl intersting publication which covers a broad range of issues

Professor Ingo Fischer
Business Administration, Berlin School of Economics
December 29, 2014

For those studying SHRM at postgraduate level this book provides a great approach to a subject which students often find difficult to understand particularly if they have not operated at this level before. The book therefore offers a balance between the practical and educational aspects of SHRM to enable students gain a better understanding of the subject matter and how to approach it.

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
December 10, 2014

this is especially useful in focusing strategic management teaching on a specific theme as well as providing alternative thinking to our core text. Students are using it for both strategic management assignments as well as their honours projects in sports management. Obviously this is a generic book with a tendency towards corporate case studies and from our perspective small business and the sports industry would have been welcome case studies

Sport, Physical Education & Leisure, University of St Mark & St John
December 10, 2014

Informative content and good contemporary examples . Good case studies

Sandy Drossou
Business & Management Department, Sunderland University
November 11, 2014

Gary Rees

Gary Rees is Head of Organisational Studies and HRM at Portsmouth Business School. He has authored and edited a range of text books as well as producing research articles on employee engagement and burnout and presenting this research at a range of international conferences. Gary is an examiner for the CIPD Organizational Design and Development module and holds Chartered Fellowship of the CIPD and membership of the British Psychological Society, including the Occupational Psychology Division. More About Author

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is Head of the HR Subject Group and Principal Lecturer in HRM at the University of Hertfordshire Business School. He teaches People Management and Strategic Human Resource Management, primarily on the MBA and MA HRM programmes. He is also a guest lecturer at  universities in Germany and France. Paul has edited books and contributed chapters and case studies to a number of books in the field of HR and Organizational Behaviour for Routledge, Butterworth-Heinemann and CIPD Publishers. He is a member of the Work and Employment Research Unit at Hertfordshire Business School and has contributed to a number of conferences, journal... More About Author

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