Summary of A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice

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A Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice book summary
To make money, retain employees and boost quality, make Human Resource Management part of your company's strategic plan.


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Human resources professionals will find Michael Armstrong’s book practical, helpful and relevant. It discusses all facets of current practice, including such relatively new developments as e-learning, and it discusses how you can help your organization implement change. The book would make an excellent college text, since it covers HRM’s evolution, principles, theories, practice, research, job descriptions and more. The author seems to have two goals: to provide comprehensive information about human resource management and to persuade upper level managers to integrate HRM into strategic planning. This would empower HR departments to generate broader organizational results. To get the most from this manual, given its textbook style, practitioners may wish to study it chapter by chapter. Since organizational philosophies, functions and practices differ, it even lends itself to further discussion when HRM professionals gather to share ideas and swap proven practices. getAbstract thinks those in the field will derive a great deal of value from this book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What human resource management (HRM) does and how it improves morale, corporate culture, functionality and profits
  • Why HRM should be part of strategic planning
  • How workplace practices depart from HRM theories


Not Just "Personnel Management"
Human resource management (HRM) is the sum of an organization’s policies, procedures and practices dealing with the recruitment, hiring, retention and development of employees. In some organizations, it may focus only on direct personnel management...
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About the Author

Michael Armstrong has 22 years experience in corporate human resources, having been an executive director at a large publishing firm for 12 years and then head of a HR consultancy division for a major accounting firm. He works as an independent consultant in the HR field, and is the author of numerous related books including A Handbook of Management Techniques, Managing People, How to Be an Even Better Manager, Performance Management and Reward Management.

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