Reward Management: A Critical Text

Reward Management: A Critical Text

Reward Management: A Critical Text

Reward Management: A Critical Text


This thoroughly revised edition adopts a critical and theoretical perspective on remuneration policy and practices in the UK, from the decline of collective bargaining to the rise of more individualistic systems based on employee performance. It tackles the conceptual issues missing from existing texts in the field of HRM by critically examining the latest academic literature on the topic.

Fully updated to cover the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's reward syllabus, and offering a less prescriptive alternative to current texts for HR practitioners and MBA students, this new edition includes:

  • new chapters on executive reward, pensions and benefits
  • clear routes to assist the student reader in the journey through this complex area
  • a strong contextual framework to enable better understanding

The second edition of Reward Managementis an essential read for all those studying or with an interest in human resource management, performance management and reward.


Janet Druker and Geoff White

This book explores the dimensions of reward management and the direction of policy and practice in recent years. It is not intended as a prescriptive text. Rather we aim to analyse the influences shaping reward practices, identifying trends and exploring the rationale for change. Each chapter is written by an academic specialist in the field and provides a survey and critical analysis of recent research on the topic covered. Unlike many prescriptive texts on reward, which tend to concentrate on the techniques and technical details of reward management, this book provides an employee relations perspective on the subject. It takes its starting point from the contested nature of the employment relationship in which different stakeholders will have differing agendas and objectives. the book therefore seeks to challenge the mainstream unitary or normative approaches that typify much of the writing on reward management, especially that emanating from North America. in doing so, we aim to provide the reflective practitioner or student with an understanding of underlying influences impacting on reward management – laying a basis for a more critical and longer-lasting understanding of the subject.

When the first edition was published, eight years ago, the (then) Institute of Personnel and Development in Britain had only recently re-written the professional education syllabus to provide more explicitly for the study of ‘reward management’. This now features as a core area of study within the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s professional syllabus, acknowledging the significance of reward as an important lever through which business organisations achieve their objectives. This adjustment – which in itself might seem to be a minor change – reflects the importance of this subject in the context of wider changes in work organisations and in the relationships that they engender. the last decade has been one of debate about these issues – not only in the uk and the developed economies but in developing economies too. the chapters that follow draw on recent literature reflecting on these debates, exploring the meaning and implications for reward practice. This edition of the book has two new chapters – executive pay and pensions – to reflect the important debates taking place in those areas of reward.

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