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Introduction to Human Resource Management

Third Edition

Paul Banfield, Rebecca Kay, and Dean Royles

08 February 2018

ISBN: 9780198702825

472 pages

In Stock

Price: £54.99

Succinct, applied, realistic: this highly-engaging introductory textbook is written by both an educator and two practitioners providing readers with the perfect balance of theory and practice.



Succinct, applied, realistic: this highly-engaging introductory textbook is written by both an educator and two practitioners providing readers with the perfect balance of theory and practice.

  • A widely-praised, conversational writing style with strong academic underpinings and explanations of key concepts in every chapter, online extension material, and an end-of-book glossary make this an accessible and engaging introduction to HRM for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • A wealth of case studies and insights, many taken from the authors' personal experience or research, demonstrate the different scenarios and challenges HR practitioners face in the world of business and how they really tackle them.
  • An analytical approach is complemented by research insights, student activities, and review questions to encourage students to think critically about the issues at play and evaluate each approach.
  • The extensive and fully integrated online resources provide all the teaching and learning materials needed to support each chapter, removing the need for lecturers to look for additional class and test materials and giving students the resources they need to check and build on their understanding.

New to this edition

  • Two new chapters on 'Talent Management' and 'Ethics and Leadership in HRM' address these growing areas of interest and the contribution they have made to the field.
  • Discussion of equality and diversity are now woven throughout the book, reflecting the way these crucial issues permeate the discipline as a whole.
  • Every chapter has been thoroughly updated to include coverage of the processes and challenges faced in a contemporary business, including the need for a strategic HRM approach in the wake of Brexit, the impact of social media on recruitment, and coverage of the latest employment legislation.
  • HRM Insights, Practitioner Insights, and Case Studies have been refreshed to ensure the practical examples remain contemporary, relevant, and representative of the business world. New examples include the social responsibility of outdoor gear and clothing business Patagonia, the 2016/17 Southern and London Underground rail disputes, and the conduct of ethics and management in the NHS.
  • Research Insights and Student Activities have also been updated to focus on the latest academic developments and continue to give students practical, thought-provoking activities to engage with the subject.

About the Author(s)

Paul Banfield, Honorary Lecturer and Module Director at the University of Dundee, as well as a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Rebecca Kay, Previously a HR Consultant and Fellow of the CIPD, and Dean Royles, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Table of Contents

    Part One: Foundations of Human Resource Management
    1:Managing People at Work: Challenges and Opportunities
    2:The Evolution of the HR Function: A Critical Perspective
    3:A Strategic Perspective on Human Resource Management
    Part Two: Operational Challenges
    4:Talent Management: Strategies and Models
    5:Ethics and Leadership in HRM
    6:International Human Resource Management
    7:Recruitment and Selection
    8:Managing Employee Relations
    9:Managing Misconduct
    Part Three: HRM Processes
    10:Workforce Planning and Measurement
    11:Learning, Training, and Development
    12:Managing Performance
    13:Managing Rewards


"The learning features and the clear table of contents make Banfield et al. more attractive than the other HRM textbooks on the market. The critical approach to writing and various real-life examples marry the theory into practice. " - Dr Shova Thapa Karki, University of Sussex

"Very few textbooks bridge the gap between theory and its application, translating concepts into practice so seamlessly. The chapters emphasise the importance of HRM and are sure to engage any reader." - Dr Aditya Jain, University of Nottingham

Additional Resources

The book is accompanied by the following online resources:

Student resources:
HRM insights and outcomes
Flashcard glossary
Web links
Extension material
Extended case studies

For lecturers:
Test bank
PowerPoint slides
Suggested answers to end of chapter cases
Additional seminar exercises
Extended case studies teaching guide
Suggested answers to end of chapter review questions

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