Human Resource Management

Theory and practice, fifth edition

by John Bratton and Jeff Gold

About the authors


John Bratton is Adjunct Professor in the Centre for Work and Community Studies at Athabasca University, Canada, and a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University Business School, Edinburgh, Scotland. His research interests and publications have focused on the sociology of work, leadership and workplace learning. John is a member of the editorial board of Leadership, Journal of Workplace Learning and the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.

In addition to co-authoring the present text, he is author of Japanization of Work: Managerial Studies in the 1990s (1992) and co-author of the following books: Workplace Learning: A Critical Introduction (2003, with J. Helm-Mills, J. Pyrch and P. Sawchuk), Organizational Leadership (2004, with K. Grint and D. Nelson), Capitalism and Classical Sociological Theory (2009, with D. Denham and Linda Deutschmann) and Work and Organizational Behaviour (2nd edition, 2010, with M. Callinan, C. Forshaw, M. Corbett and P. Sawchuk).

Jeff Gold

Jeff Gold is Professor of Organisation Learning at Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University and Visiting Professor at Leeds University where he co-ordinates the Northern Leadership Academy. With Professor Jim Stewart, he is the founder of the HRD and Leadership Research Unit at Leeds Business School. He has designed and delivered a wide range of seminars, programmes and workshops on change, strategic learning, management and leadership with a particular emphasis on participation and distribution. He is the co-author of Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford), The Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford) and Human Resource Development (with Julie Beardwell, Paul Iles, Rick Holden and Jim Stewart).

About the contributors

Chiara Amati

Chiara Amati is Lecturer in HRM at Edinburgh Napier University. Chiara is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who joined Edinburgh Napier University Business School in 2010; she teaches on the MSc HRM and on related undergraduate courses. Chiara’s main area of expertise is the emotional experience of individual and leaders at work, which includes interest in aspects of job satisfaction, motivation, engagement and work-place stress. Chiara joined the University after a number of years working in a successful commercial psychology consultancy firm, primarily in the area of psychological health and wellbeing at work.

Chris Baldry

Chris Baldry is an Emeritus Professor of the Stirling Management School at the University of Stirling. He has taught several courses, including introductory HRM, international HRM, work and employment, and organisational behaviour. Chris Baldry’s recent research interests have focused on the changing world of work and employment, including the area of work-life balance. His work on occupational health and safety has led to publications looking at ill-health in offices and call centres, and safety trends for trackside rail workers. On the basis of his work in the latter area, he was called as an expert witness to the Cullen Inquiry on the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster. His other long-standing interest, in the interface between technological change and work organisation, is reflected in his editorship of the journal New Technology, Work and Employment.


Norma D’Annunzio-Green is Subject Group Leader (HRM) at Edinburgh Napier University Business School. She has significant experience in teaching and learning at both undergraduate and MSc level and is currently programme leader for the part time MSc HRM (CIPD accredited). Her main research interests focus on employee resourcing, performance management and talent management for HRM specialists and line managers. She has over 20 publications in a range of academic journals including Personnel Review, Employee Relations, Human Resource Development International and the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management. She co-edited the book Human Resource Management: International Perspectives in Hospitality and Tourism and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and World Wide Hospitality and Tourism Trends.

Karen Densky

Karen Densky lectures in English as a second language and ESL teacher education at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada. Her research and teaching interests include curriculum theory and methodology. She has worked in teacher-training programmes in Chile and Greenland. She is the author of Creativity, Culture and Communicative Language Teaching (2008).

Lois Farquharson

Lois Farquharson is a Senior Lecturer in HRM and Faculty Director of Research Degrees at Edinburgh Napier University. Lois is working on research projects focusing on leadership behaviours, actions and development interventions as evidenced within Investors in People (IiP) organisations. In addition, she has an ongoing interest in the Health Sector, is engaged in developing knowledge exchange projects and delivering work-based learning programmes tailored to this context. Lois teaches employee resourcing, research methods and supervises research students in the HRM, leadership and change management fields.

Helen Francis

Helen Francis is Director of the People Management and Organisational Development Division within the Edinburgh Institute (EI) at Edinburgh Napier University. Since her early practitioner experience in personnel management, she has developed a strong profile in the area of HR transformation, organisational change, learning and critical discourse analysis, and has published extensively in these areas. She is currently leading the development of a forthcoming CIPD-commissioned textbook on organisational effectiveness with Dr Linda Holbeche and Dr Martin Reddington.

David Maclennan

David MacLennan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, Canada. One of his main research interests is the transition from craft to bureaucratic ways of organizing work and learning. The geographic focus of his work is small cities. His most recent publication is a co-authored paper on how small cities support child development. He is also involved in research on real estate development in the small city.

Lesley McLean

Lesley McLean (née Craig) is Lecturer in HRM and Programme Leader of the CIPD-approved MSc in HRM at Edinburgh Napier University (she is also a member of the CIPD). She joined the university in 2004, taking on the role of Programme Leader and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with a focus on international HRM and workplace ethics. Lesley’s recent academic research focuses on professional learning and development, and she has further interests in the areas of sustainable leadership and employer branding. Lesley has previously worked in the luxury retail sector in a senior operations management role.

Anne Munro

Anne Munro is the Business School Director of Research and Professor of Work and Industrial Relations at Edinburgh Napier University. Anne is a member of the Employment Research Institute and Edinburgh Institute in the Business School, working on research projects in the HR, work-based learning and equalities areas. She teaches Employment Relations and Research Methodology, and supervises research students in the HR field. Anne is a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA), the British Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), the HE Academy, British Academy of Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Martin Reddington

Martin Reddington runs his own consultancy and is an Associate of the Edinburgh Institute, Edinburgh Napier University. Martin’s co-authored book, HR Transformation: creating value through people (2nd edition), was published in 2010 and he is now co-editing a forthcoming work, commissioned by the CIPD, which re-imagines the role of HR and OD in support of organisational effectiveness.

Lori Rilkoff

Lori Rilkoff is Human Resources Manager at the City of Kamloops in Canada. She has an MSc in HRM and Training and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP). For her work on the City of Kamloops' Wellness Works program she was selected as part of the City's Innovation Committee in 2008 and four years earlier was awarded a Senior Management Award of Excellence for Wellness Works Program Leadership. As a 2010 Innovation Award finalist, Lori was also recognized by BCHRMA (British Columbia Human Resources Management Association) for the encouragement and promotion of employer-based wellness programs in the community. She was recently selected to be a member of the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness Advisory Committee for Excellence Canada (formerly National Quality Institute of Canada).