Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, 6th Edition
Managing human resources is a critical component of any company’s overall mission to provide value to customers, shareholders, employees, and the community in which it does business. Value includes profits as well as employee growth and satisfaction, creation of new jobs, contributions to community programs, and protection of the environment. All aspects of human resource management, including acquiring, preparing, developing, and compensating employees, can help companies meet their daily challenges, create value, and provide competitive advantages in the global marketplace. In addition, effective human resource management requires an awareness of broader contextual issues affecting business, such as the economy, legislation, and globalization.
Both the media and academic research show that effective HRM practices result in greater value for shareholders and employees. For example, the human resource practices at companies such as Google, SAS, The Boston Consulting Group, Edward Jones, and Quicken Loans helped them earn recognition on Fortune magazine’s recent list of “The Top 100 Companies to Work For.” This publicity creates a positive vibe for these companies, helping them attract talented new employees, motivate and retain current employees, and make their products and services more desirable to consumers.
Our Approach: Engage, Focus, and Apply
Following graduation, most students will find themselves working in businesses or not-for-profit organizations. Regardless of position or career aspirations, their role in directly managing other employees or understanding human resource management practices is critical for ensuring both company and personal success. As a result, Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, Sixth Edition, focuses on human resource issues and how HR is used at work. Fundamentals is applicable to both HR majors and students from other majors or colleges who are taking an HR course as an elective or a requirement.
Our approach to teaching human resource management involves engaging students in learning through the use of real-world examples and best practices; focusing them on important HR issues and concepts; and applying what they have learned through chapter features and end-of-chapter exercises and cases. Students not only learn about best practices but are actively engaged through the use of cases and decision making. As a result, students will be able to take what they have learned in the course and apply it to solving HRM problems they will encounter on the job.
As described in the guided tour of the book that follows, each chapter includes several different pedagogical features. “Best Practices” provides examples of companies whose HR activities work well. “HR Oops!” highlights HRM issues that have been handled poorly. “Did You Know?” offers interesting statistics about chapter topics and how they play out in real-world companies. “HRM Social” demonstrates how social media and the Internet can be useful in managing HR activities in any organization. “Thinking Ethically” confronts students with issues that occur in managing human resources. For this new edition, we have added questions to each of the features to assist students with critical thinking and to spark classroom discussions.
Fundamentals also assists students with learning “How to” perform HR activities, such as writing effective HR policies, being strategic about equal employment opportunities, and making the most of HR analytics. These are all work situations students are likely to encounter as part of their professional careers. The end-of chapter cases focus on corporate sustainability (“Taking Responsibility”), managing the workforce (“Managing Talent”), and HR activities in small organizations (“HR in Small Business”).
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