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International Human Resource Management

International Human Resource Management
The Transformation of Work in a Global Context

Second Edition
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May 2022 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by an internationally renowned team of experts and underpinned by cutting-edge research, International Human Resource Management tackles a broad range of controversial and often marginalised issues associated with globalisation and its impact on multinational companies and employees.

Updated throughout with brand-new case studies, reflective questions and recommended reading, the second edition includes coverage of:

• International assignments and worker mobility
• The development of new technology and its impact on work
• International HRM and the platform economy
• The nature of organisational change
• The role of sustainability and social responsibility within the firm

This innovative and thought-provoking textbook is suitable for students of International Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. 

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Miguel Martínez Lucio is a Professor at the University of Manchester (Alliance Manchester Business School), UK.
Robert MacKenzie is Professor of Working Life Science at Karlstad Business School, Karlstad University, Sweden.

Section 1: The Dynamic Context of International Human Resource Management
Miguel Martínez Lucio and Robert MacKenzie
Chapter 1: Globalization and Employment: Developments and Contradictions
Phil Almond and María C. González Menéndez
Chapter 2: Transnational Corporations, Human Resource Management and Globalization
Miguel Martínez Lucio
Chapter 3: Continuities and Change in National Employment Relations: the Role of Politics and Ideas
Section 2: Working in a Globalised Context
Óscar Rodríguez-Ruiz
Chapter 4: Pay and Remuneration in Multinationals
Fang Lee Cooke
Chapter 5: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Multinational Corporations
Jenny K Rodriguez and Miguel Martínez Lucio
Chapter 6: Here, There, and Everywhere: Work on International Assignments for Multinational Corporations
Nathan Lillie, Erka Çaro, Lisa Berntsen and Ines Wagner
Chapter 7: Migration and Human Resource Management
Naresh Kumar, Robert MacKenzie, and Miguel Martínez Lucio
Chapter 8: Developing Economies: Globalization, Politics and Employment Relations
Miguel Martínez Lucio and Stephen Mustchin
Chapter 9: Training in The Context of ‘Globalization’: Politics and Symbolism in Skill Formation
Carlos Fernandez Rodriguez
Chapter 10: The Learning Environment of Managerialism: The Role of Business Schools and Consultancies in a Global Market
Section 3: The Changing Ideologies and Practices of Global Production
Leo McCann
Chapter 11: Socio-Economic Context and Varieties of Capitalism: What Difference Do They Make to Work?
Paul Stewart
Chapter 12: Globalization and Lean Production in the Re-Making of Labour Intensification?
Christopher J. McLachlan, Robert MacKenzie, Alexis Rydell, Roland Ahlstrand, Jennifer Hobbins, Martin O’Brien and Betty Frino
Chapter 13: Restructuring, Policy and Practice: an International Comparison of Approaches
Kendra Briken and Robert MacKenzie
Chapter 14: Technology and the Organisation of Work
Debra Howcroft
Chapter 15: New Technology and International Human Resource Management: Platforms and Platform Work
Section 4: Regulation and the Agenda for Decent Work
Robert MacKenzie and Miguel Martínez Lucio
Chapter 16: Regulating Work and Employment Internationally: A Complex Tapestry
Stephen Mustchin and Nathaniel Tetteh
Chapter 17: International Employee Representation, Organisation, Multinational Companies and International Human Resource Management
Josef Ringqvist, David Öborn Regin, Lena Lid-Falkman and Lars Ivarsson
Chapter 18: Sustainability and International Human Resource Management

This is an impressive and important book that creates the benchmark for how everyone should learn about international human resource management (HRM). International HRM is not simply an organizational strategy, it’s a set of challenges rooted in questions about business and work in society. By embracing rather than assuming away the fundamental issues of interests, power, social relations, and economic systems, this volume richly but accessibly equips students with the basis for deep, critical engagement with all of the standard topics in international HRM, and with additional issues that should become standard.

John W. Budd
Professor of Work and Organizations in the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, USA

Globalization is not a new phenomenon, but some of its consequences are. The new edition of International Human Resource Management critically examines how globalization affects labor and employment today. It raises important question about organizational change, sustainability, and ethical issues. We need this book more than ever.

Anders Buch
Senior Associate Professor, VIA University College, Denmark & Jönköping University, Sweden. Editor-in-chief of Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies

This is a balanced compendium of International Human Resource Management. The book explores issues of contemporary relevance in ways that make it a useful resource for students and practitioners.

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna
Professor of Management and Organisation, Cardiff Business, School Cardiff University, UK

International Human Resource Management is ‘The’ Handbook for the study of the management of employment, within several key and new contexts and areas, with a distinctive critical vein, which makes it distinctive, attractive and novel for any scholar interested in uncovering the drivers of changes and transformations which have been (and still are) affecting the world of work and workers.

Valeria Pulignano
Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium

This is a terrific textbook for teaching International Human Resource Management. Academics frustrated with the narrow scope of previous International Human Resource Management textbooks will welcome this new edition by Martinez Lucio and Robert MacKenzie. Most importantly, this book goes beyond a narrow focus on the company level and studies International Human Resource Management within its various contexts, ranging from local to international influences and considering a range of societal, economic, and governmental actors and pressures, which all impinge on the management of human resources. Thus, this textbook provides an insightful and critical account and approach for students, academics, and practitioners alike. The textbook has become an instant classic for teaching International Human Resource Management, but the book and its various chapters will also be of relevance for comparative and international classes in employment relations, management, and work & organizations.

Marco Hauptmeier
Professor of International Human Resource Management, Cardiff Business School

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