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    Beginning Management of Human Resources

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    ISBN 13: 9781946135117

    Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Steve Custer, Professor, Oakland City University on 11/17/23

    This text covered a wide range of HR competencies. At first, I was not expecting to find such a comprehensive text, particularly in light of the fact that the copyright was 2016 - well before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I was pleasantly... read more

    Reviewed by Sungdoo Kim, Associate Professor, Northeastern Illinois University on 5/9/23

    It covers all major HR topics. It even includes chapters on communication and motivation that are not typically included in traditional HRM textbooks. One issue, though, it is too lean on some major topics like job analysis, HR planning, benefits,... read more

    Reviewed by Robert Eliason, Lecturer, James Madison University on 4/12/23

    This professionally prepared textbook offers a wide overview of the management of Human Resources. Although over 10 years old, the book is up-to-date enough to serve as a primary textbook or a supplemental resource for a Human Resource Management... read more

    Reviewed by Donala Kawaauhau, Associate Professor, Hawaii Community College on 12/12/22

    The text covers all topics associated with the appropriate performance of a Human Resource Manager. It also introduces the reader to additional elements associated with strategic planning and performance focused on legal compliance. read more

    Reviewed by Angela Hayslett, Lecturer, James Madison University on 9/18/22

    This book covers most key HR areas with just enough depth. This book could benefit from including a wider array of HR policies affecting employee rights and restrictions. read more

    Reviewed by Elizabeth C. Orozco Reilly, Professor, Loyola Marymount University on 2/18/22

    This book covers the basics of HRM and is suitable as an introduction to the vast array of topics in the field. It provides a professor with competent summaries of each chapter at the end, which could also be used to frame the chapters. The... read more

    Reviewed by Steven Dickson, Adjunct Professor, Southern Oregon University on 1/2/22

    This is an excellent open-source text for use in any business course with a focus on human resources as an occupation or a function. Student reception of the text was in the affirmative for courses Strategic Staffing and Principles of Human... read more

    Reviewed by Kevin Knotts, Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 10/28/21

    The textbook provides an overview of most key areas in HRM that would be covered in an introductory or survey course. Any introductory HRM textbook should cover HRM strategy, diversity/EEOC, recruitment and selection, comp and benefits, turnover,... read more

    Reviewed by Satoris Howes, Professor, Oregon State University on 8/17/20

    The main content includes areas that are of most importance for HR practitioners, although some areas are missing and/or under-represented. I think this is to be expected of most any book, and completely understand and appreciate the difficulty in... read more

    Reviewed by Julia Carr, Professor, James Madison University on 7/30/20

    The topics covered by the book are comprehensive and reflect the areas an HR manager would deal with on a daily basis. The book begins with a very good overview of human resources with sets the stage for the information to follow. It is well... read more

    Reviewed by Lauren Maguire, Professor, Bunker Hill Community College on 5/27/20

    The text provides a solid overview of the tenants of HR Management. It is somewhat technical in its approach, but touches on all important areas of a introductory review. read more

    Reviewed by Joshua Jensen, Adjunct Professor, SHRM-SCP, George Fox University on 4/3/20

    This textbook addresses a wide range of important topics relevant to human resource management today. The text covers most of the key areas that should be considered in an undergraduate course on human resource management. Strengths of the text... read more

    Reviewed by Jiwon Suh, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington on 2/5/20

    The author covers pretty much every topic that should be covered in HR management. Especially, I like that the author places Strategic HR management upfront. Additionally, I like that the author has a chapter 9: Successful Employee Communication... read more

    Reviewed by Patturaja Selvaraj, Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College on 3/14/19

    The textbook covers the most important topics in Human Resource Management. Diversity is vital for the success of organizations. A full fledged chapter covers the aspects of diversity and multiculturalism. The following topics could have been... read more

    Reviewed by Lee Myers, Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College on 2/13/19

    The (2016) content is appropriate for a survey course in Human Resources Management. It is geared toward helping current and future supervisors and managers understand the functions, roles, and practices needed to manage employees. While the... read more

    Reviewed by Huh-Jung Hahn, Assistant Professor, Winona State University on 5/21/18

    The textbook is very comprehensive, covering various subjects adequately. Unlike most other HRM textbooks, some unique chapters (e.g., Chapter 3 and Chapter 9) are included. However, some areas can be improved by adding more explanations or... read more

    Reviewed by Joseph Frank, Adjunct Instructor / Manager HR Reporting and Compliance, Fontbonne University on 5/21/18

    The book covers a wide variety of topics related to human resources management. There is 1 brief mention of analytics for candidate sourcing, but much more discussion of HR analytics is needed in order to bring this forward to present day. The... read more

    Reviewed by Mussie Tessema, Professor, Winona State University on 5/21/18

    The textbook covers most HR topics that are found in other HRM textbooks. Although many issues related to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) were discussed in different chapters, it would have been good if an entire chapter had been devoted to... read more

    Reviewed by Denise Potosky, Professor, Penn State University on 2/1/18

    The textbook covers most of the main topics typically associated with HRM and includes a "linked" table of contents. The definition of HRM in Chapter 1 (“the process of employing people, training them, compensating them, developing policies... read more

    Reviewed by Valerie Wallingford, Professor, Bemidji State University on 4/11/17

    The majority of the HRM topics included in most HRM textbooks. That being said there area few areas that were left out or could be elaborated upon: Equal Employment Opportunity should have an entire chapter devoted to it. Workforce, jobs, and job... read more

    Reviewed by Kathy Milhauser, Professor, Concordia University Portland on 12/5/16

    The text covers most of the necessary material to support an introductory course in Human Resource Management for undergraduate business students. One topic that I don’t always see emphasized in textbooks that was included here was Retention of... read more

    Reviewed by Tom Zeni, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University on 12/5/16

    The book includes all of the major HR functional areas and topics included in most HRM textbooks. To their credit, the author choose to include several additional sections (such as communication, management & leadership styles, and... read more

    Reviewed by Valerie Barnett, Instructor, Kansas State University on 8/21/16

    The textbook covers some topics in depth, but leaves key elements out of other topic areas. For example, the section related to workforce planning in chapter 2 does not completely cover supply and demand and does not discuss actions that can be... read more

    Reviews prior to 2016 are for a previous edition.

    Reviewed by Marilyn Byrd, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma on 1/12/15

    The author covered the most commonly discussed topics that are found in HRM textbooks. Setting this textbook apart from others was the inclusion of a standalone chapter on communication. This is sensible since communication is critical to managing... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Chapter 1: The Role of Human Resources
    • Chapter 2: Developing and Implementing Strategic HRM Plans
    • Chapter 3: Diversity and Multiculturalism
    • Chapter 4: Recruitment
    • Chapter 5: Selection
    • Chapter 6: Compensation and Benefits
    • Chapter 7: Retention and Motivation
    • Chapter 8: Training and Development
    • Chapter 9: Successful Employee Communication
    • Chapter 10: Managing Employee Performance
    • Chapter 11: Employee Assessment
    • Chapter 12: Working with Labor Unions
    • Chapter 13: Safety and Health at Work
    • Chapter 14: International HRM

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    About the Book

    Human Resource Management teaches HRM strategies and theories that any manager—not just those in HR—needs to know about recruiting, selecting, training, and compensating people.

    Most students will be managing people at some point in their careers and not necessarily in a human resource management capacity. As businesses cut back, they may outsource HR duties to outside vendors. Or, in smaller businesses, the HR department is sometimes small or non-existent, and managers from other departments have to perform their own HRM. Therefore, teaching HRM from the perspective of a general manager, in addition to an HR manager, provides more relevance to students' careers and will give them a competitive advantage in the workplace.

    This text also provides practical applications of theory relevant to today's workplace. You won't find discussions about “posting vacancies on a job board” or “sending memos.” In the real world, HRM leverages technology in every aspect of the job—from online training modules to technology for better managing flex-time workers and telecommuters.

    Consider how most companies have gone “paperless” with pay stubs by using software. While such technology has made HRM easier, it has also created a new set of challenges. For example, how does a manager actually implement a new pay system? Therefore, it's important for students to understand what kinds of platforms exist in today's workplace to enhance their effectiveness as future managers.

    The conversational style of Human Resource Management engages students, while the academic rigor of its content provides them with the tools that any manager needs—whether they work in HR or a different department. PLUS it offers an array of supplements that gives them practice creating real HR documents and role-playing real HR scenarios. Add value to your students' education, enhance the relevance of your curriculum, and make your students more employable by adopting this book for your HRM class. Read it now online today!

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