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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Strategic Human Resource Management in the Public Arena

A Managerial Perspective

ISBN 9781137438041
Publication Date March 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Increasingly the public sector is facing a range of unique and complex challenges. As a result, human resource management is vital in changing organizations, engaging people, and in assisting in the implementation of strategies and objectives.

Strategic Human Resource Management in the Public Arena focuses on the specific challenges of the public and non-profit sectors. It takes a managerial approach, focusing on how HR practices and processes can be aligned with an organization's strategic objectives, with each chapter structured around implementing or designing an HR process for an organization's unique setting and strategic priorities.

Key features:

• Puts the reader in the role of a manager.
• Recognizes the unique perspective of public sector organizations and the growing research and theory on public sector organizations.
• Includes a wealth of practice-based, problem-solving activities.

This core textbook is the ideal companion for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students taking modules in SHRM or Public Sector Management.

J. Barton Cunningham is a Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, Canada.

PART I: THE SHRM STRATEGIC CONTEXT
1. Human Resource Management's Strategic Pressures
2. Using a SHRM-Balanced Scorecard as a Strategic Framework
PART II: DESIGNING CUSTOMER FOCUSED JOBS
3. Defining Competencies and Critical Requirements for a Job
4. Engaging Employees in More Productive Ways of Working
5. Workforce Forecasting and Planning
PART III: ALIGNING STAFFING AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT PROCESSES
6. Recruiting a Diverse Workforce
7. Aligning Selection Strategies
8. Encouraging Employee Development in Reviewing Performance
PART IV: DEVELOPING AND ENGAGING EMPLOYEES
9. Encouraging Individually-directed Career Development
10. Encouraging Competency-based Training and Development
11. Reducing Stress and Improving Workplace Health and Safety
12. Negotiating a Collective Agreement Using Positional and Interest-based Processes
13. Developing a Positive Labour Relations Climate
PART V: COMPENSATING AND REWARDING PEOPLE
14. Designing Compensation Systems to Respond to Equity Requirements
15. Constructing Retirement and Benefits Plans
16. Paying for Performance and Recognizing Employees.

Reviews

'This is an ambitious and relevant text that stands out in positioning the use of the Balanced Scorecard to measure and communicate the impact of SHRM using the language and frameworks of our business stakeholders.' – John Watkins, Coventry University London Campus, UK
'This book has a really excellent mixture of theory and practice; it shows the big picture with a framework of BSC, as well as down to earth tips from effective workforce design to performance and talent management.' – Helmut Hofstetter, Berlin School of Economics, Germany
'Cunningham succeeds in developing an engaging writing style that artfully blends the theoretical material with illustrative examples, cases and self-assessment exercises. I highly recommend this textbook for students interested in uncovering the challenges and opportunities of managing human resources in the public and non-profit sectors.' – Virginia Bodolica, American University of Sharjah, UAE
'This book fills a gap in the Strategic HRM literature. It is an inspiring and comprehensive exploration of the presence of HR systems and practices in public management.' – Joost Bücker, Radboud University, the Netherlands.
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