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Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management
Functions, Applications, and Skill Development

Third Edition

January 2018 | 704 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Whether your students are HRM majors or general business majors, Human Resource Management: Functions, Applications, and Skill Development, Third Edition, will help them build the skills they need to recruit, select, train, and develop talent. Bestselling authors Robert N. Lussier and John R. Hendon explore the important strategic function HR plays in today's organizations. A wide variety of applications, self-assessments, and experiential exercises keep students engaged and help them see the relevancy of HR as they learn skills they can use in their personal and professional lives.  

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About the Authors
Part I: 21st Century Human Resource Management Strategic Planning and Legal Issues
Chapter 1: The New Human Resource Management Process
Why Study Human Resource Management (HRM)?

HRM Past and Present

The Changing World of HRM

Understanding HR’s Critical Factors

HRM Skills

Line Managers’ HRM Responsibilities

HR Managers’ Responsibilities: Disciplines Within HRM

Resources for HRM Careers

Practitioner’s Model for HRM

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 2: Strategy-Driven Human Resource Management
Strategy and Strategic Planning: The Organization and the Environment

Strategic Vision and Mission

Strategy Types and Analysis


Organizational Culture

An Introduction to Data Analytics and HR Technology

Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS)

Measurement Tools for Strategic HRM

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 3: The Legal Environment and Diversity Management
The Legal Environment for HRM and A User’s Guide to Managing People

Major Employment Laws

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

EEO, Affirmative Action, and Diversity: What’s the Difference?

Sexual Harassment: A Special Type of Discrimination

Religious Discrimination

Trends and Issues in HRM

Part II: Staffing
Chapter 4: Workforce Planning: Job Analysis, Design, and Employment Forecasting
Workforce Planning: Workflow Analysis

Job Analysis

Job Design/Redesign

Designing Motivational Jobs

HR Forecasting

Reconciling Internal Labor Supply and Demand

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 5: Recruiting Job Candidates
The Recruiting Process

Organizational Recruiting Considerations

Internal or External Recruiting?

Challenges and Constraints in Recruiting

Evaluation of Recruiting Programs

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 6: Selecting New Employees
The Selection Process

Looking for “Fit”

Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures

Applications and Preliminary Screening

Testing and Legal Issues

Selection Interviews

Background Checks

Selecting the Candidate and Offering the Job

Trends and Issues in HRM

Part III: Developing and Managing
Chapter 7: Learning and Development
The Need for Training and Development

The Training Process and Needs Assessment

Learning and Shaping Behavior

Design and Delivery of Training

Assessing Training

Talent Management and Development

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 8: Performance Management and Appraisal
Performance Management Systems

Why Do We Conduct Performance Appraisals?

What Do We Assess?

How Do We Use Appraisal Methods and Forms?

Who Should Assess Performance?

Performance Appraisal Problems

Debriefing the Appraisal

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 9: Rights and Employee Management
Commonly Accepted Employee Rights

Management Rights

Coaching, Counseling, and Discipline

Leadership and Management

Teams and Organizational Change

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 10: Employee and Labor Relations
Labor Relations: A Function of Trust and Communication

Job Satisfaction

Legal Issues in Labor Relations

Unions and Labor Rights

Management Rights and Decertification Elections

Managing Conflict


Trends and Issues in HRM

Part IV: Compensating
Chapter 11: Compensation Management
Compensation Management

Compensation Strategy

Legal and Fairness Issues in Compensation

Pay Equity, Comparable Worth and Other Legal Issues

Job Evaluation

Developing a Pay System

Pay Structure

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 12: Incentive Pay
Incentive Compensation

Individual or Group-Based Incentives?

Options for Individual Incentives

Options for Group Incentives

Failures and Challenges in Creating Incentive Pay Systems

Guidelines for Creating Motivational Incentive Systems

Executive Compensation

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 13: Employee Benefits
The Strategic Value of Benefits Programs

Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI)

Other Statutory Benefits

Voluntary Benefits

Administration and Communication of Benefits

Trends and Issues in HRM

Part V: Protecting and Expanding Organizational Reach
Chapter 14: Workplace Safety, Health, and Security
Workplace Safety and OSHA

Employee Health


Workplace Security

Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 15: Organizational Ethics, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility
Practitioner's Perspective

Ethical Organizations

Ethical Approaches

Creating and Maintaining Ethical Organizations

Just Because It's Legal Doesn't Mean It's Ethical!

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Levels of Corporate Social Responsibility


Trends and Issues in HRM

Chapter 16: Global Issues for Human Resource Managers
Practitioner's Perspective

Globalization of Business and HRM

Legal, Ethical, and Cultural Issues

Global Staffing

Developing and Managing Global Human Resources

Compensating Your Global Workforce

Trends and Issues in HRM

Appendix: SHRM 2016 Curriculum Guidebook
Name Index
Company Index
Subject Index


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Accounting, University of Cyprus
November 20, 2020

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Key features


  • The only book that includes all of the latest SHRM 2016 Curriculum Guidebook listings that cover every SHRM guide item, including both the SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the Human Resource Certification Institute Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam—a total of more than 210 individual content requirements from the SHRM curriculum guide.
  • New and updated cases on businesses such as LinkedIn and Amazon bring HR topics to life, apply the text concepts, develop critical thinking skills, and demonstrate how human resources is used to achieve strategic objectives.
  • New Skill Builder exercises allow students to experience HR as they practice making decisions, working in teams, and participating in role-plays.
  • Significant changes in the federal laws and regulations are explained in the new edition.
  • Assignable SAGE Premium Video (available via the interactive eBook version, linked through SAGE coursepacks) is tied to learning objectives and illustrates HRM in action.


  • SHRM Human Resource Curriculum: An Integrated Approach to HR Education Guidebook and Templates for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs (2016) content areas are annotated for easy reference within each chapter.
    • All 210 required SHRM topics are referenced and incorporated throughout the text and are annotated for easy reference.
    • The key functions identified in the guidebook are highlighted throughout this text and reinforced in the accompanying exercises.
    • An appendix includes the entire "Required and Secondary HR Content Areas" Appendix from the SHRM curriculum guide, and the test bank has been written by an author of SHRM PHR/SPHR certification exams.
  • A three-pronged approach—functions, applications, skill development—helps students master the concepts, apply them, and build the skills needed in the workplace.
  • The Work Application feature includes open-ended questions that require students to explain how the HRM concepts apply to their own work experience.
  • The Applying the Concept feature asks students to determine the most appropriate HRM concept to be used in a specific example, developing their critical thinking skills.
  • Self-Assessments in each chapter help students gain personal knowledge, integrating their preferences and styles with the HRM functions in the real world.
  • Skill Builder exercises allow students to hone skills they can use immediately in their daily lives, as well as on the job.
  • End-of-chapter cases illustrate how specific organizations use the HRM functions, with critical thinking questions that challenge students to identify and apply the chapter concepts demonstrated in each case.
  • A Current Trends section covers the latest developments in the HR field, particularly trends related to data analytics, social media, ethics, privacy, and working in diverse, global organizations.
  • More than 2,000 assessment questions tied to AACSB guidelines, SHRM standards, and learning objectives are included.
  • Opening Vignettes, titled Practitioner’s Perspective, illustrate how a real-life Human Resources manager currently employed by the state of Arkansas works within the various HRM functions in her daily activities.


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