Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations


Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations

9781786439000 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Keith Townsend, Professor of Human Resources and Employment Relations, Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University, Australia, Kenneth Cafferkey, Associate Professor of HRM, Sunway University Business School, Malaysia, Aoife M. McDermott, Professor of Human Resource Management, Aston University, UK, Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, US and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, Griffith University, Australia and Tony Dundon, Professor of Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, University of Limerick, Ireland and the Work and Equalities Institute, University of Manchester, UK
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78643 900 0 Extent: 392 pp
This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.

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This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.

Leading scholars in the field explore theories in the context of contemporary debates concerning policies that affect and regulate work and the management of employment as well as the activities and experiences of actors within the employment relationship. The book is divided into three parts to capture different theoretical lenses used to reflect on HRM and ER concerns about work: systems and historical development; institutions; and people and processes. Expert contributors have drawn on extensive research experience to present a contemporary understanding of a range of theories, how they evolved and how they might be used in the future.

Essential reading for HRM, ER and management scholars and research students, this book challenges readers to reassess their thinking about the significance of theory in research and practice.
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‘Bringing together a diverse set of authors of distinguished pedigree, this collection provides an authoritative survey of theories of the employment relationship. Classical theories of work and employment are fully represented, with excellent chapters on Marxism, pluralism, feminism, human relations, labour process and systems theory, but so too are newer theoretical currents, many of which have their point of origin in the broader field of management studies. There are strong chapters on trust, role theory, evolution, paradox, social exchange, RBV and AMO: bodies of thought that are generating fresh understandings of employment and how it is managed. The collection as a whole is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers; a broad-ranging and imaginative survey of how we think about work.’
– Edmund Heery, Cardiff University, UK

‘What is wonderful about this book is that in one place you can find all the prominent theories of HR and employment relations. The individual chapters are outstanding, which is what I would have expected from a stellar editorial team and first-rate contributors. A must-read for anybody interested in human resource management.’
– Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors: P. Ackers, M. Allen, M. Audenaert, I. Aust, A. Baluch, A. Bos-Nehles, P. Boxall, J. Brandl, M. Bray, K. Cafferkey, A. Cathcart, S. Chillas, C. Cross, N. Cullinane, J. Cushen, T. Dundon, A. Greene, B. Harney, C. Hughes, M.-L. Huo, N. Isaeva, S. Jenkins, A. Keegan, A. Kellner, M. Laundon, Q.Y. Lee, R. Loudoun, A.M. McDermott, P. McDonald, C. Murphy, L. Ryan, M.N.K. Saunders, R. Seifert, A. Timmings, K. Townsend, A. Troth, D. Troy, V. Wass, P. Waring, J. Winterton, K. Whitfield, G. Wood


1. Theories used in Employment Relations and Human Resource Management
Keith Townsend, Aoife M. McDermott, Kenneth Cafferkey and Tony Dundon

2. Marxism at Work
Roger Seifert

3. Neo-Pluralism in contemporary employment relations and HRM: the case for workplace and academic dialogue
Peter Ackers

4. Applying Scientific Management to Modern HRM and ER
Niall Cullinane and Jean Cushen

5. Cracking Labour Process theory in employment relations and HRM
Shiona Chillas and Alina Baluch

6. The legacy of the Human Relations School: Looking back and moving forward
Sarah Jenkins

7. The theory of high-performance work systems
Peter Boxall and Meng-Long Huo

8. Systems Theory: Forgotten Legacy and Future Prospects
Brian Harney

9. Evolutionary psychological theory and human resource management
Andrew Timming

10. Personnel Economics: Managing Human Resources through Performance-related Pay
Victoria Wass

11. Advances in Labour Regulation Theory
Peter Waring and Mark Bray

12. Institutional Theory, Business Systems and Employment Relations
Geoffrey Wood and Matthew Allen

13. Varieties of Capitalism
Glenn Morgan and Heike Doering

14. Human Resource Management and Paradox Theory
Anne Keegan, Julia Brandl and Ina Aust

15. Revisiting Human Capital Theory: Progress and Prospects
Jonathan Winterton and Kenneth Cafferkey

16. Feminist Theory and Employment Relations
Anne-Marie Greene

17. Trust, Distrust And Human Resource Management
Neve Iseava, Colin Hughes and Mark Saunders

18. Social Exchange Theory, Employment Relations and Human Resource Management
Christine Cross and Tony Dundon

19. Using Role Theory to Understand and Solve Employment Relations and Human Resources Problems
Qian Yi Lee, Keith Townsend, Ashlea Troth and Rebecca Loudoun

20. Fairness in the workplace: Organisational justice and the employment relationship
Melinda Laundon, Paula McDonald and Abby Cathcart

21. Ability, Motivation, and Opportunity Theory: A formula for employee performance?
Ashlea Kellner, Kenneth Cafferkey and Keith Townsend

22. The Resource-Based View Approach and HRM
Keith Whitfield

23. LMX and HRM: A multi-level review of how LMX is used to explain employment relationships
Anna Bos-Nehles and Mieke Audenaert

24. Social Mobilisation Theory in HR and employment relations
Lorraine Ryan, Caroline Murphy and Daniel Troy


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