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Introduction to Human Resource Management

Third Edition

Paul Banfield, Rebecca Kay, and Dean Royles

Publication Date - 08 April 2018

ISBN: 9780198702825

472 pages
10.4 x 7.7 inches

Succinct, applied, realistic: written by an educator and two practitioners to provide readers with the perfect balance of theory and practice


Using their extensive experience teaching and working in HRM, Banfield, Kay, and Royles succinctly convey the reality of contemporary HRM through expert academic and practical insights. Their balanced approach ensures students are able to fully grasp both the theory and practice of HRM, paving the way for success in their academic studies and future careers.

With its engaging writing style, this book is the ideal introduction to HRM for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Key terms, research insights, and review questions help students understand the key theoretical concepts and think critically about the issues discussed. Mini-case studies (HRM insights), longer end-of-chapter case studies, and practitioner insights from real HR professionals at a variety of organizations present different scenarios and challenges experienced in the world of business. This range of learning features ensures students are exposed to both the theoretical foundations and the real-life practices of HRM.

The book takes a holistic approach to the subject, presenting HR operations and considerations as an integral part of any business. The authors begin by introducing the reader to the challenges and the evolution of the HR function before addressing key operational areas such as talent management, ethics, leadership, recruitment, and misconduct. They go on to explore how these challenges are managed, with an emphasis on practicality.


For Students:

*Insights and Outcomes
*Extension Material
*Web Links
*Multiple-choice Questions
*Chapter on Health and Safety

For Lecturers:
*Test Bank
*Suggested Answers to Case Study Questions
*Suggested Answers to Review Questions
*Additional Case Material
*PowerPoint Slides
*Seminar Exercises

New to this Edition

  • Two new chapters on "Talent Management" and "Ethics and Leadership in HRM"
  • Discussion of equality and diversity are now woven throughout the book
  • 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


  • 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

About the Author(s)

Paul Banfield is Honorary Lecturer and Module Director at the University of Dundee, as well as a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Rebecca Kay was previously an HR Consultant and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Dean Royles is Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Previous Publication Date(s)

April 2012
March 2008


"The learning features and the clear table of contents make this text 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."--Thapa Karki, University of Sussex

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

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

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