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Explaining the Performance of Human Resource Management - Steve Fleetwood

Explaining the Performance of Human Resource Management

Hardcover Published: 12th July 2010
ISBN: 9780521875998
Number Of Pages: 362

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Human resource departments increasingly use the statistical analysis of performance indicators as a way of demonstrating their contribution to organizational performance. In this book, Steve Fleetwood and Anthony Hesketh take issue with this 'scientific' approach by arguing that its preoccupation with statistical analysis is misplaced because it fails to take account of the complexities of organizations and the full range of issues that influence individual performance. The book is split into three parts. Part I deconstructs research into the alleged link between people and business performance by showing that it cannot explain the associations it alleges. Part II attributes these shortcomings to the importation of spurious 'scientific' methods, before going on to suggest more appropriate methods that might be used in future. Finally, Part III explores how HR executives and professionals understand their work and shows how a critical realist stance adds value to this understanding through enhanced explanation.

'... this book speaks well to the UK tradition of empirical workplace research, and is a valid plea for theoretical rigour in a world where churning out academic articles is now an end in itself ... it is a uniquely challenging and thought-provoking contribution that should appeal to all academics and researchers concerned with understanding the [world] of work.' Industrial Relations Journal

List of figures
List of tables
HRM and Organisational Performance Today
Crisis? What crisis?
Tracking the emergence of the human resource management-performance link paradigm
Meta-Theorising the HRM-P Link
The state of contemporary research on the HRM-performance link: a technical analysis
Scientism: the meta-theory underlying empirical research on the HRM-P link
Prediction, explanation and theory
Critical realism: a meta-theory for analyzing HRM and performance
Reflexive Performance
Putting critical realism to work
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ISBN: 9780521875998
ISBN-10: 0521875994
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 362
Published: 12th July 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.52