Life is tough in organizations, both for managers and the managed. Negotiating the rapids of restructuring, downsizing, and refocusing the core business brings with it huge upheavals in job security, the smashing of traditional career structures, and a constant imperative for employees to update their skills while working in an environment of great uncertainty. Based on close collaboration with a number of high profile organizations - BT, Citibank, Glaxo Wellcome,
Hewlett Packard, Kraft Jacobs, Suchard, Lloyds-TSB Group, the NHS, and WH Smith - this book sheds light on the organizational responses to large scale changes and details the changing demands made of employees in the process. This book goes beyond fashionable management rhetoric to uncover the reality
of human resource management.
The team of top researchers examines:
the organizational strategies pursued in the face of fast-changing circumstances
the links between what is intended and what is realised
the way in which HR interventions impact on the individual
the influence which HR strategies have on everyday management behaviour
This book is a key source of new information for both managers and students about the current state of human resource management and its possible future direction.
Strategic Human Resource Management: Corporate Rhetoric and Human Reality
1. Introduction ; 2. Soft and Hard Models of Human Resource Management ; 3. Performance Management in Fast-changing Environments ; 4. The Rhetoric and Reality of 'New Careers' ; 5. Managing Culture ; 6. Contextual Diversity for the role and Practice of HR ; 7. HRM policies and Management Practices ; 8. Transformation at the Leading Edge ; 9. People Processes as a Source of Competitive Advantage ; 10. The Emerging Themes