Human Resource Management in a Global Context

A critical approach

by Robin Kramar and Jawad Syed

What makes this book so special?

Written by an international team of contributors and edited by highly respected HRM scholars, Human Resource Management in a Global Context provides essential reading for anyone who wants to understand and engage critically with HRM in a globalized world. The text covers the basic principles of HRM, whilst exposing students to real world issues facing managers on a daily basis. Click on each of the key advantages below to find out more.
A global approach

The book examines HRM in the context of globalization to provide a realistic account of modern working practices and to appeal to lecturers with an international student body
A critical perspective

It challenges students to question different interpretations of HRM through its critical perspective, developing their transferable skills in critical thinking and their flexibility in future HRM roles
The academic level is, in most instances, relatively high. It i critical, with chapters drawing on an extensive range of sources. It is generally a higher academic standard than many competing volumes... I liked the general academic standard, and the inherently critical approach. -Geoffrey Wood, Professor in Human Resource Management, University of Sheffield, UK

Intellectually rigorous

The book adopts a rigorous academic level, which is grounded in the very latest research. this is structured around topical areas in contemporary HRM theory, such as ethics, CSR, diversity and work-life balance, offering a fresh, innovative approach and keeping students up to date with current issues
I found the book innovative in its strong intellectual foundations, which are often lacking in HRM texts, and the depth of its foundations… It would be a most valuable addition to our reading lists. -Geoffrey Wood, Professor in Human Resource Management, University of Sheffield, UK

Diverse authorship

The chapters written and edited by HRM lecturers and researchers from a number of different countries, providing a wide range of views and case studies. Editors are highly respected in their field in the UK, Australia and elsewhere.

Ideal for a range of HRM modules: introductory second year HRM undergraduate modules, third year International HRM undergraduate modules (as background reading), and HRM modules on MA and MBA courses.
I really like the critical, contextual and contemporary feel of the book. These three characteristics make the book an appealing choice for postgraduate courses. -Mustafa Ozbilgin, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Brunel Business School, London, UK and Co-Chaire Management et Diversité, Université Paris-Dauphine, France


A shorter book ideal for semester-length courses, responding to a growing trend for modules to be shortened to one semester
International Case studies

The text looks at HRM in companies based in countries from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia and the United States to Korea – ensuring a truly global coverage
For me the innovative elements of this book include: case study material from developing countries; the discussion of HRM issues such as work-life balance and diversity from a more international perspective; and an international authorship. -Dr. Karen Williams, Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations, the School of Business and Economics, University of Swansea, UK