Evolving Practices in Human Resource Management: Responses to a Changing World of Work

Evolving Practices in Human Resource Management: Responses to a Changing World of Work

Evolving Practices in Human Resource Management: Responses to a Changing World of Work

Evolving Practices in Human Resource Management: Responses to a Changing World of Work

Synopsis

The ninth volume in the Professional Practice Series, sponsored by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a division of the American Psychological AssociationThe past two decades have seen astonishing changes in the way we do business. With the proliferation of contract work, telecommuting, and downsizing, it's clear that many bedrock assumptions about jobs and careers have been transformed, probably forever. What's not clear is how the human resource professional can best react to those changes.In this book, a team of noted practitioners and researchers_including Morgan McCall, Joel Moses, David Noer, and Benjamin Schneider_tackle that question. They explore how shifts in demographics, economics, regulations, technology, and values have affected, and will continue to affect, the practices human resource managers and industrial/organizational psychologists employ to enhance organizational effectiveness and the individual's sense of personal and social fulfillment. 09Addressing specific human resource functions, the contributors examine the assumptions that underlie traditional HR practice and reveal areas where new realities demand new strategies. Readers will discover exciting innovations in team management, in creating greater worker involvement and diversity, in selecting and grooming leaders, and in using organizational surveys, among other strategies and techniques. They will also find sage advice on how to ready HR for a host of challenges yet to come.Although the consequences of change have been dramatic, many organizations have responded in unique and effective ways. By sharing insights from the latest research, best practices from successful organizations, and the views of leading industrial and organizational psychologists, this book helps HR practitioners better understand the current state of their profession and better prepare for its future.

Excerpt

This volume is part of the Professional Practice Series, which is sponsored by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. The books in the series address contemporary ideas and problems, focus on how to get things done, and provide state-ofthe-art technology based on theory and research from industrialorganizational (I/O) psychology. They try to cover the needs of practitioners and those being trained for practice.

Four earlier volumes in this series, developed under the senior editorship of Douglas W. Bray, were published by Guilford Press and are now distributed by Jossey-Bass. The first book, Working with Organizations and Their People (1991), which was also edited by Douglas W. Bray, examines the role of I/O psychologists as practitioners involved in evaluation, training, and organization development. The second book, Diversity in the Workplace (1992), edited by Susan E. Jackson, offers cases and methods for creating and assessing a diverse workplace, managing workplace diversity through personal growth and team development, and developing strategic initiatives to manage workplace diversity. Abraham K. Korman's Human Dilemmas in Work Organizations: Strategies for Resolution (1994) considers the expanding world of the human resource (HR) practitioner. Readings describe programs for employee assistance, stress management, marginal performers, reorganization, employee ethics, and elder care. Ann Howard's Diagnosis for Organizational Change (1994) focuses on organizational diagnosis for design and development. Chapters in the volume examine the assessment of human talent for staffing and training and also provide an overview of the high-involvement workplace with a consideration of organizational cultures, reward systems, and work teams.

As the new senior editor of the Professional Practice Series under our new publisher, Jossey-Bass, I edited Employees, Careers, and Job Creation (1995), which examines ways in which HR development . . .

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