An Introduction to Human Resource Management
The main purpose of this book is to give a balanced introduction to the complex world of human resource management. Essentially it is intended for first degree students studying the subject as part of a modu- lar degree course or for students on a foundation degree in Business Studies. It can also be valuable on post-experience courses such as Certificate or Diploma Courses in Management Studies or as part of the MCI series of qualifications. The book combines the main theoretical underpinning for the sub- ject area with a large number of practical examples and cases to assist the learning process. It is divided into 12 chapters to provide one topic a week on a modular course, but many of the chapters have sufficient material to allow work to be extended into two semesters if this is required. The second edition has updated a large number of areas of legisla- tion, especially in the field of equal opportunities, employee rights in flexible working and in employee relations generally. Many new cases and examples of research have been added. Chapter 1 has been exten- sively revised to place a greater emphasis on the role of human resources in improving organisational and employee performance. Chapter 12 has been rewritten entirely to take into account the quickly changing and rich sources of cases and research in the international field. I am grateful to my former
colleague, Graham Symon, for his scholarship in this area.