Human Resource Management

Theory and practice, fifth edition

by John Bratton and Jeff Gold

What's new for the 5th edition?

The fifth edition of Human Resource Management has been refined to include the latest topical material and coverage of the most contemporary practices and academic debate. A host of new learning features have also been introduced to create the most interactive edition to date.

Content and coverage

All the material retained from the fourth edition has been updated and substantially edited to enhance readability and to allow for a seamless integration of the following new content:
  • Coverage of the emerging literature on Green HRM (GHRM).
  • New material on corporate sustainability, the four pillars of sustainability and the links to corporate-level and business-level strategy.
  • Information on the techniques for assessing the HRM function, and the HRM-performance relationship.
  • Discussion of different theoretical perspectives on organizational culture, the role of HRM in changing culture and the role of HRM in creating low-carbon sustainable workplaces in an all-new chapter to this edition (Chapter 5).
  • Coverage of developments in workforce planning, along with a discussion of talent management.
  • Equality and diversity and equal opportunities in European workplaces.
  • New developments in performance appraisal and extensive coverage of workplace learning, e-learning, and new material on skills.
  • Chapter 10, Leadership and Management Development is new to this edition. It discusses the latest research and practices in organizational leadership and management development.
  • Chapter 14 has been rewritten to introduce new issues such as workplace bullying and violence.
  • Chapter 15 has been rewritten to introduce new developments in globalization and international HRM and our concluding chapter, ‘Recession, sustainability, trust: the crisis in HRM’, takes a more controversial look at the debate on management education and pedagogies and the future of HRM as a discipline.
  • Inclusion of all the most contemporary topics in HRM such as dignity at work, diversity, emotion and much more

Pedagogy and learning features

This edition includes:
  • New HRM in Practice features from a diverse range of organisations and original research - these illustrate the link between HRM theory and practice in workplaces. The examples take contemporary themes such as sustainability, target culture and workplace violence, from a diverse range of organizations.
  • HRM and Globalization features - examples of employment practices and management from BRIC countries, South Africa and North America.
  • HRM as I see it features - online video interviews with HR practitioners at companies such as Sky and Bupa, in which they talk about key topics such as recruitment, organizational culture and talent management. The videos are accompanied by questions in the textbook to encourage critical thinking.
  • Vocab Checklists for ESL Students - designed specifically to meet the learning needs of international students, this new feature helps students comprehend HRM-related terminology and more sophisticated vocabulary used to talk about HRM, and includes learning tips for ESL students online.
  • All-new chapter case studies.