We are proud to introduce a new series of short books defining the future of human resource management and employment relations research. Leading thinkers are given the space and creative freedom to build on their contribution to the field in new ways. Footprints give the reader a concise, innovative and 'must-read, must-cite' take on research and thematic debates. Led by three distinguished scholars, Adrian Wilkinson, Tony Dundon and Maike Andresen, and quicker to market than the journals process, this high quality, exclusive series seeks to publish a limited number of key volumes per year to advance discussion within human resource management and employment relations. Offering an alternative method of academic dialogue, these books will be more in depth than a journal article, shorter than a standard book, refreshing to read, thematically-led and debating polemic arguments in the field – a new platform for future research in a particular sub-field for both new and established academics.