Academic journal article South Asian Journal of Management

Applied Human Resource Management: Strategic Issues and Experiential Exercises

Academic journal article South Asian Journal of Management

Applied Human Resource Management: Strategic Issues and Experiential Exercises

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Applied Human Resource Management: Strategic Issues and Experiential Exercises By Kenneth M York Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2010, Pages: 411, Price: ?475 ISBN: 978-81-321-0625-8 (PB)

Applied Human Resource Management - Strategic Issues and Experiential Exercises is a book which specifically talks about implementation of the learning from the textual concepts in human resource management. Kenneth M York in this book has provided a good and holistic account of HRM covering all the functions of a human resource professional. It presents in-depth, hands - on experiential learning applications to help the students to develop the skills which are usually sought by companies while recruiting human resource professionals.

Following Human Resource Certification Institute classification of 2008 chapters can be grouped under five bodies of knowledge, namely, workforce planning and employment, Human Resource Development, total rewards, employee and labor relations and risk management. Author has divided the book into easily understandable 12 chapters. Chapter 1 presents an introduction to the management of human resource. It spells out the importance of human resource management in the organization and also briefly discusses the historical overview from industrial revolution to present day practice of Total Quality Management (TQM). Functions and roles of HRM, the concepts of cost of efficiency and HR scorecard are also discussed in the opening chapter to set a tone and understanding of human resource management. Subsequent chapters' deal with the issues in workforce planning and employment in Chapter 2, equal employment opportunity has not only been dealt as a compliance issue but also as a strategic issue for the employer. Chapter 3, 4 and 5 discuss the issues of job analysis, recruitment, selection and socialization, author places these processes as very important for any organization to attain sustainable competitive advantage through human capital.

Human resource development aspect of HRM is discussed in Chapter 6, 7 and 11. Performance appraisal highlights organization's intention to evaluate employee's job performance and make employment decisions such as continued employment, merit pay and bonuses. In training and developing employees, author has highlighted the importance of investments made in human resource training which can help in achieving higher productivity and improved quality. Chapter on organizational change and development points out that turbulent business environment calls for continuous adoption, intervention and improvement in work setting for improving organizational functioning and individual development.

Chapter 8, compensation and benefits deals with the complex subject of total reward management. It underscores the importance of compensation systems in organization which has a direct impact on many other human resource management functions such as recruitment, selection and retention. Creating satisfactory pay scales for the workforce is an ongoing process, requiring constant monitoring of market trends and industry trends.

Chapter 9 and 12 basically deal with the risk management aspect of an organization. …

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