HRM and Performance: Achieving Long Term Viability

Paperback | May 17, 2005

byJaap Paauwe

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HRM policies and practices need to cope with the dual responsibilities of providing a firm with the best employees to deliver improved financial performance, and a moral duty to these employees to provide a working environment that is equitable and encourages personal development. Many writershave emphasized the connection between sophisticated HRM techniques and financial competitiveness, but has this been at the expense of concepts such as fairness and legitimacy?This book adopts a broader perspective that takes into account not only the strategic dimension of HRM, but also the professional and societal dimension. It begins by examining the interaction of HRM, strategy, and performance, before putting this into an institutional context, where it is arguedthat successful HRM practice will be unique for each context in which it operates. It then develops a contextually-based human resource theory, able to examine and analyse HRM at an organizational, industry, national, and international level. This theory is applied to a number of cases of leadingfirms in both the USA and Europe.The book concludes by combining the empirical evidence of the case studies with the theoretical work of earlier chapters to develop a practical approach linking the different roles of HR to specific aspects of performance and developing a 4logic scorecard, which does full justice to the essence ofHRM. Combining academic research with a focus on practical conclusions and recommendations, HRM and Performance will be challenging and innovative reading for all involved in HRM: Academics, Researchers, MBA and graduate students, practitioners and consultants.

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HRM policies and practices need to cope with the dual responsibilities of providing a firm with the best employees to deliver improved financial performance, and a moral duty to these employees to provide a working environment that is equitable and encourages personal development. Many writershave emphasized the connection between soph...

Jaap Paauwe is Professor of Business and Organization at the Rotterdam School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has written and co-authored eleven books, and published numerous papers, on HRM, industrial relations, and organizational change. He has acted as guest editor for the International Journal of HRM, and the Human ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.66 inPublished:May 17, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019927391X

ISBN - 13:9780199273911

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. HRM and Strategy: Does it Matter?3. Human Resource Management in its Context: An Institutional Approach4. A Multidimensional Perspective on Performance5. The Contextually-Based Human Resource Theory6. The Contextually-Based Human Resource Theory in Practice7. Contrasting Metal and IT Sectors: Internal Versus External Regulation of Flexibility8. Continuing Divergence of HRM Practices: The Case of the United States and the Netherlands9. Changing HR Roles: Towards a Real Balanced HRM ScorecardEpilogue

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`This is a welcome book that challenges many of the dominant assumptions in the burgeoning literature on HRM and performance... in seeking to break out of the shackles of [the] dominant paradigm, Paauwe has provided a highly challenging and deeply rewarding and distinctive approach to thecomplex subject of HRM and performance.'David Guest