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Human Resource Management

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Description: Competing books are focused on the academic part of HRM, which is necessary in a university or college setting. However, the goal with this book is not only to provide the necessary academic background information but also to present the material with a practitioner’s focus on both large and small businesses. While the writing style is clear and focused, we don’t feel jargon and ten-dollar words are necessary to making a good textbook. Clear and concise language makes the book interesting and understandable (not to mention more fun to read) to the future HRM professional and manager alike. It is highly likely that anyone in business will have to take on an HRM role at some point in their careers. For example, should you decide to start your own business, many of the topics discussed will apply to your business. This is the goal of this book; it is useful enough for the HRM professional, but the information presented is also applicable to managers, supervisors, and entrepreneur

Author: Laura Dias , Shoreline Community College

Original source: http://www.saylor.org/site/textbooks/Human Resource Management.pdf

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Review this book

Reviews for 'Human Resource Management'

Number of reviews: 2
Average Rating: 4.55 out of 5

1. Reviewed by: Amy Tucker
  • Institution: Thompson Rivers University
  • Title/Position: LECTURER
  • Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

The textbook covers all areas and ideas on the subject of human resource management. It also provides additional topic areas that go beyond the scope of human resource management.

Although there is no index found in the text, there is a descriptive chapter outline at the beginning of the book.

Although there is no glossary in the textbook, key terms are defined throughout the book.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

The content of the book appears to be accurate, error-free and unbiased.

Content Accuracy Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The content of the textbook appears to be current. Textbook examples, case studies, opening situations and problems are relevant to this period. The opening chapter videos, YouTube videos provide an additional emphasis on technology - and appear current. It appears that the textbook can be easily updated and straightforward to implement. The book is organized in a simple format that could easily be updated.

Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used. The textbook is written in a clear format, easy to follow and limited jargon -- there is some, but it is explained.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework that is comparable to other Human Resource Management textbooks. The order, framework and terminology is consistent with other books.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

The textbook is very easy to read. The font and format is easy to follow for an electronic book. Everything seems to follow a consistent format and flow. As a reader, I can find what I am looking for quickly. The book also has a predictable format.

Modularity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

The topics in the text are presented in a clearly consistent manner that is predictable. The topics follow a logical format that is comparable to other human resource management books.
At the beginning of the book, the author tells you how the chapters are organized and what to expect.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

There is no confusing images, charts or displays in the textbook. It appears to be straightforward.

Interface Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

The text contains no grammatical or spelling errors.

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

The textbook actually provides a section on "Diversity and Multiculturalism" and provides a good review of the content in one chapter but also weaves it into other chapters. It provides examples from various races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

The textbook uses a lot of United States examples. It could be used for Canadian Content but a section on Canadian Employment Law would need to be include. I think the this is the biggest part of this book that is missing, but could easily be supplemented. Another area would be to include human resource management technology.

2. Reviewed by: Iren Heder
  • Institution: BC Institute of Technology
  • Title/Position: Instructor
  • Overall Rating: 4.1 out of 5
  • Date:
  • License: Creative Commons License

Q: The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary

This is an American textbook. Many of the chapters contain significant amounts of information that are not applicable in Canada. In some cases, for example the "Working with Unions" chapter, the majority of the information presented is not applicable in Canada.

The text covers the main topic areas that are usually included in introductory HR texts with the exception of HR technology. It also covers some topic areas that are not usually included in HR textbooks such as Communication and Leadership.

The text does not provide an index or glossary making it difficult to find specific information and key word definitions.

Comprehensiveness Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased

Overall, the content is accurate and not biased but the emphasis on large, American corporations does not reflect the situation for Canadian SMEs.

I found some of the content misleading and not in line with research findings. For example, the text states that no one performance appraisal method is best. While there are pros and cons associated with each method, the research clearly shows differences in reliability, validity and utility among the different methods.

Content Accuracy Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement

The content is a little dated. The most recent information appears to be from 2011 so a lot of the facts and figures are not current.

In some areas, the content does not reflect current professional practices. For example, traditional job analysis techniques are covered quite extensively in the text but competency profiling, which is very prevalent, is not mentioned.

Relevance Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used

The language used is clear and easy to understand. Terms are well defined.

Clarity Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework

I did not see any issues with consistency.

Consistency Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

Compared to other e-textbooks I have read, this one has more large blocks of text and long lists that could be broken into subsections with headings. I did not think it was overly self-referential.

Modularity Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion

Yes, the structure and flow of information makes sense.

Organization Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader

Compared to other e-textbooks, I find this one is more onerous to navigate, especially when trying to move between different chapters in the text.

Overall, the diagrams are clear and easy to read but the reproductions of documents, for example the job analysis questionnaire, are sometimes blurry and otherwise not legible.

Interface Rating: 3 out of 5

Q: The text contains no grammatical errors

I did not see any errors in grammar or spelling

Grammar Rating: 5 out of 5

Q: The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds

The text does not contain insensitive or offensive language.

Most of the examples used to illustrate the concepts and theories are about American organizations and so do not demonstrate inclusiveness for Canadian students.

Cultural Relevance Rating: 4 out of 5

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to make about this book, for example, its appropriateness in a Canadian context or specific updates you think need to be made?

I think it would take a lot of work to make this textbook applicable for Canadian students and bring it up-to-date. I see that there is another open textbook about Human Resources Management in the hospitality industry that was written for a Canadian audience. I have not reviewed this other text but I took a quick look and would be more inclined to explore adapting it for a more general audience than I would be in trying to adapt an American text for Canadian use.