Cases on Critical Practices for Modern and Future Human Resources Management

Cases on Critical Practices for Modern and Future Human Resources Management

Devi Akella (Albany State University, USA), Niveen Eid (Birzeit University, Palestine) and Anton Sabella (Birzeit University, Palestine)
ISBN13: 9781799858201|ISBN10: 1799858200|EISBN13: 9781799858218|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5820-1


Human Resources Management (HRM) has evolved in the last few years, as a result of the outsourcing, changing nature of work and the gig economy (i.e., change in career patterns, telecommuting and flexibility in working hours), work-life balance issues, globalization, the animosity towards diversity and immigration within a few nations, changing nature of demographics and values of the society, an increasing proportion of older workers, different generations of employees (i.e., baby boomers, Generation X & Y), increasing use of technology (i.e., virtual teams, social media, using technology to fulfil HR functions such as performance appraisal, selection etc.), decline in trade unions across the world, and more interest in issues pertaining to ethics, sustainability, social enterprises and entrepreneurship. As such, there is a need to revisit critical view and perspectives on human resource development in order to make them more contemporary and up to date.

This book, an edited volume of teaching case studies, is one such endeavor by the authors, to compile a collection of practical and latest examples from the corporate sector, public sector, non-profit organizations and community-based organizations from the across the world which can provide critical insights on different aspects of human resources management, its origin, role and responsibilities, functions, and its future to students within the classroom, in order to provoke them to think about HR and its functions so as to spur them to become more ethically conscious managers and citizens. It will prove to be a useful resource within classrooms when teaching students to think critically about human resources, especially in the context of cross cultural implications.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Devi Akella is a full professor of management at College of Business, Albany State University, GA where she teaches Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management at undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Akella completed her PhD in 2001 and MBA in 1997 from University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests consist of learning organizations, critical managements studies, experiential learning and teenage pregnancy.