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HOTP: Human Resource Management in Ireland (5th edition)

Prof. Patrick Gunnigle, Dr Noreen Heraty and Prof. Michael Morley, KBS, UL  have recently published a book entitled Human Resource Management in Ireland (fifth edition), published by the Institute of Public Administration. Previous editions have sold well over 45,000 copies.

If you would wish to use this book in class or order it for your library please contact CGORMLEY@ipa.ie  



This book provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary human resource management in Ireland while also addressing key international developments in the field. This latest edition continues the fine tradition started in 1990 with the publication of the first in-depth book on the topic entitled Personnel Management in Ireland: Practice, Trends and Developments. Since then there have been comprehensive revisions in 1997, 2002, 2006, 2010 and now the latest edition in 2017.
 
The human resource management function has grown dramatically since the first edition was published. While organisations are looking to their people as the critical source of competitive advantage, the recent economic crisis has increased pressures to enhance productivity and efficiency. The challenge for HR professionals is to demonstrate that the HR function has the capacity to add strategic value. A sound theoretical base underpinning HR activities is essential if this is to be achieved and this book greatly assists this endeavour.
 
A unique feature of this publication is that while it provides an accessible text for Irish students - based on Irish research data -it is also grounded in developments on the international stage. It provides essential reading on University, Institute of Technology and related third level courses in HRM and employment relations and on all programmes leading to CIPD accreditation. Furthermore, the comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the subject matter makes it an ideal source of reference material for HR professionals, consultants and others with responsibility for the management and development of people.
 
This revised edition offers an insightful analysis of the most important developments in HRM including a thorough review of the impact of the global financial crisis on employment practice and its implications for the HR profession, the growing role of information technology and so called ‘HR analytics’ in modern HR practices, the implications for HRM of recent changes in the labour market (page numbers?) and recent developments in industrial/employment relations, particularly changes in Ireland’s dispute procedures, notably the Workplace Relations Act (2015) and the establishment of the Workplace Relations Commission. This book also provides a comprehensive examination of the links between business strategy, HRM and organisation performance, including Irish research evidence on the nature and extent of strategic human resource management. The implications of the growth of the service sector, the competitive pressures on manufacturing and the relentless spread of globalisation are all critically examined. A particularly useful feature of the book is that the sections on employment law, recruitment and selection, reward management and performance management systems incorporating research evidence from organisations operating in Ireland. The book also contains a most interesting evaluation and critique of ‘best practice’ human resource management.