This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.
Leading scholars in the field explore theories in the context of contemporary debates concerning policies that affect and regulate work and the management of employment as well as the activities and experiences of actors within the employment relationship. The book is divided into three parts to capture different theoretical lenses used to reflect on HRM and ER concerns about work: systems and historical development; institutions; and people and processes. Expert contributors have drawn on extensive research experience to present a contemporary understanding of a range of theories, how they evolved and how they might be used in the future.
Essential reading for HRM, ER and management scholars and research students, this book challenges readers to reassess their thinking about the significance of theory in research and practice.
'Bringing together a diverse set of authors of distinguished pedigree, this collection provides an authoritative survey of theories of the employment relationship. Classical theories of work and employment are fully represented, with excellent chapters on Marxism, pluralism, feminism, human relations, labour process and systems theory, but so too are newer theoretical currents, many of which have their point of origin in the broader field of management studies. There are strong chapters on trust, role theory, evolution, paradox, social exchange, RBV and AMO: bodies of thought that are generating fresh understandings of employment and how it is managed. The collection as a whole is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers; a broad-ranging and imaginative survey of how we think about work.'
– Edmund Heery, Cardiff University, UK
'What is wonderful about this book is that in one place you can find all the prominent theories of HR and employment relations. The individual chapters are outstanding, which is what I would have expected from a stellar editorial team and first-rate contributors. A must-read for anybody interested in human resource management.'
– Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors: P. Ackers, M. Allen, M. Audenaert, I. Aust, A. Baluch, A. Bos-Nehles, P. Boxall, J. Brandl, M. Bray, K. Cafferkey, A. Cathcart, S. Chillas, C. Cross, N. Cullinane, J. Cushen, T. Dundon, A. Greene, B. Harney, C. Hughes, M.-L. Huo, N. Isaeva, S. Jenkins, A. Keegan, A. Kellner, M. Laundon, Q.Y. Lee, R. Loudoun, A.M. McDermott, P. McDonald, C. Murphy, L. Ryan, M.N.K. Saunders, R. Seifert, A. Timmings, K. Townsend, A. Troth, D. Troy, V. Wass, P. Waring, J. Winterton, K. Whitfield, G. Wood.
Edited by Keith Townsend, Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia, Kenneth Cafferkey, Associate Professor of Human Capital, Taylor's University, Malaysia, Aoife M. McDermott, Professor of Human Resource Management, Cardiff Business School, UK and Tony Dundon, Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland and Visiting Professor, Work and Equalities Institute (WEI), University of Manchester, UK.