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Book Launch: Human Resource Management in Ireland (5th Edition)

The 5th Edition of Human Resource Management in Ireland, co-authored by Prof Patrick Gunnigle, Professor of Business Studies at UL, Dr Noreen Heraty, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Development at UL and Prof Michael J. Morley, Professor of Management at UL was recently published by the Institute of Public Administration. The book was launched by Professor Bill Roche, UCD and Mary Connaughton, Director of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in Ireland, at an event hosted by the IPA in Dublin on 18th Jan 2018. 
Since its inception, it has sold over 40,000 copies. This fully updated fifth edition of the highly successful HRM in Ireland draws on contemporary research evidence and data on human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) in Ireland, while also incorporating key international advancements in the field.

The book covers HR strategy; HR and the labour market; recruitment and selection; motivation & work design; managing reward and performance; workforce learning and development. 
It also includes a chapter on employer approaches to employment relations, which includes a cogent summary of the IR scene. And it brings the series up to date on reforms in the IR system, in general, and covers important developments in employment law.

A special session at last week’s launch was chaired by Dr Richard Boyle, Head of Research and Publishing at the Institute of Public Administration, which published this edition. As Professor Gunnigle pointed out, this is really the sixth edition of the textbook, given that the very first volume was published in 1990 under the old ‘personnel management’ label.

Professor Bill Roche of the UCD School of Business, observed that the text is an exemplar of the genre, and it deserves a wide readership. Bill Roche said that this is a very readable book, which spreads its knowledge lightly, and one that they use widely in UCD and stated it has none of the ‘self-reverence’ that marks some management textbooks, yet it remains ‘cutting edge’ and relevant.

Mary Connaughton, CIPD Director, said the text not only captures HR developments in Ireland, but it does this within an international context. This contextual approach contributes to decision-making on a day-to-day basis, she said, “rather than following fads”. It is grounded and evidence-based, she added.

Co-author, Michael Morley, explained that the text puts the development of HR in Ireland into a historical context, tracking how a swathe of multinationals arriving here over the decades have influenced HRM practice. 
Some trends have gone in and out of fashion. Michael Morley recalled how at one time (1970s/1980s) he was in thrall to the Japanese way of looking at the workplace, at the time comparing this to the highly influential US model. 

The book is available at https://www.ipa.ie/education/human-resource-management-in-ireland-5th-edition.3520.html

Photo:  L-R  Mary Connaughton, Director of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development in Ireland (CIPD) and Prof Bill Roche, UCD, Prof Michael Morley, KBS,  UL and Prof Paddy Gunnigle, KBS, UL