HRM CORE CONCEPTS

by Phillips

ISBN: 978-1-948426-85-5 | Copyright 2020

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Our first objective with this new textbook was to keep it brief…to thoroughly cover all the important concepts relevant to introductory HRM in the fewest pages possible. After all, students are juggling a lot of priorities. So, it stands to reason that they would benefit from a book that is comprehensive and clearly written that focuses their time and attention on the core concepts. The result is a 14-chapter book that easily aligns with most instructors’ syllabi, and concise, uncluttered chapters that students will find to be fast reads before class. The conciseness of the book also lends itself well to additional readings and assignments, freeing instructors to tailor their course to best serve their students without overwhelming them. 

Second, although some students will go on to become managers requiring a working knowledge of human resource management (HRM), all students will eventually use this knowledge in some way. This book has been written to prepare both, through personal development to help them all understand HRM in order to optimize the benefit that derives from it.

By helping to successfully acquire, deploy, and motivate the right talent, HRM is critical to every manager’s and organization’s success. The central theme of our book is helping you understand how to use HRM to hire, develop, motivate, and retain the right people and bring out the best in employees to execute the company’s business strategy and secure a competitive advantage. Our book is intended for those who are or who might become a manager or an HRM professional. We discuss the roles of HRM professionals, managers, and employees in the design and implementation of effective HRM systems, and include many current examples of how HRM is executed in organizations.

While our first focus was on delivering the core concepts in a very concise manner, we also wrote the book to be engaging to read. We include many practical examples, and focus on teaching HRM as it is done today.

This book clearly communicates the importance of effective talent management to individual and firm performance. By focusing on the importance of flexibility in applying different HRM methods to find, keep, and motivate the right employees for the company and job, and on the importance of developing HRM skills, this book will prepare readers to effectively use HRM to be better managers and more effective leaders.


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Preface (pg. i)
Chapter 1 Strategic Human Resource Management (pg. 1)
Chapter 2 The Role of Human Resource Management in Business (pg. 22)
Chapter 3 The Legal Context of HRM (pg. 42)
Chapter 4 Analyzing Work and Human Resource Planning (pg. 67)
Chapter 5 Sourcing and Recruiting (pg. 96)
Chapter 6 Selection and Hiring (pg. 120)
Chapter 7 Training and Development (pg. 149)
Chapter 8 Performance Management (pg. 178)
Chapter 9 Base Compensation (pg. 205)
Chapter 10 Incentives (pg. 228)
Chapter 11 Benefits (pg. 246)
Chapter 12 Creating a Healthy Work Environmnet (pg. 263)
Chapter 13 Creating Positive Employee-Management Relations (pg. 286)
Chapter 14 Managing Engagement and Turnover (pg. 306)
Glossary (pg. 332)
Index (pg. 341)

Jean Phillips

Jean Phillips is a professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University. Jean earned her PhD from Michigan State University in Business Management and Organizational Behavior. Her interests focus on recruitment, staffing, and the processes that lead to employee and organizational success. Jean was among the top 5 percent of published authors in Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology during the 1990s, and she received the 2004 Cummings Scholar Award from the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. Jean is also a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Jean has published more than fifty research articles, chapters, and books, including Strategic Staffing (3e, 2014), Organizational Behavior (12e, 2016), Human Resource Management (2013), Managing Now (2008), and the five-book Staffing Strategically (2012) series for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Jean was also the founding coeditor of the Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management series for Business Expert Press. Her applied work

includes leveraging employee surveys to enhance strategic execution and business performance, developing leadership and teamwork skills, and creating and evaluating strategic recruitment and staffing programs. Jean has taught online and traditional courses in Human Resource Management and Organizational behavior in the United States, Iceland, and Singapore.



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