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Human Resource Management Books for College, University

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added a search box to an online US bookstore, if you need further information on these products. You can also copy/ paste the name of the author into the search box opposite.

Human Resource Management Books for College1. Human Resource Management: Gaining A Competitive Advantage with PowerWeb and Student CD by Raymond A. Noe, John R. Hollenbeck, Hardcover: 768 pages Publisher: Irwin/McGraw-Hill
Four challenges companies face are the global challenge, the challenge of meeting stakeholder needs, the high performance work practices challenge, and the challenge of competing in the new economy. The authors bring these challenges to life by highlighting real-world examples pertaining to these 4 issues and relating it to the concepts within the chapter. This best-selling McGraw-Hill Human Resource Management title provides students with the technical background needed to be a knowledgeable consumer of human resource (HR) products and services, to manage HR effectively, or to be a successful HR professional. While clearly strategic in nature, the text also emphasizes how managers can more effectively acquire, develop, compensate, and manage the internal and external environment that relates to the management of human resources.

2. Human Resource Management (9th Edition) by Gary Dessler, Hardcover: 592 pages, Publisher: Prentice Hall
This highly-readable book provides a comprehensive review of personnel management concepts and practices. It focuses on the high-performance organization, building better, faster, more competitive organizations through HR; while continuing to offer practical applications that help all managers deal with their personnel-related responsibilities. A six-part presentation covers the strategic role of human resources, recruitment and placement, training and development, compensation, labor relations and employee security, and international HRM. For human resource personnel, especially managers.

3. Managing Human Resources by George W. Bohlander, Scott A. Snell, Hardcover: 832 pages, Publisher: South-Western College
Covers all aspects of human resource management and its impact on both individuals and organizations. The text builds on a foundation of research and theory, taking a practical approach focusing on critical issues and successful practices. Users and reviewers of the text praise its pleasant writing style, user-friendly design, and highly effective examples. In fact, over 500 different organizations from a variety of settings are used as examples to illustrate key points. The Highlights in HRM examples provide exact illustrations of organizational practices and policies. Important issues and critical trends are spotlighted in each chapter and reflected in the comprehensive and chapter ending cases included in the text. Balance of theory and practice, hands on activities, applications, and examples will helps learners develop the competencies to understand and help their organizations create a sustainable competitive advantage through people.

4. Human Resources Management by Wendell L. French, Hardcover: 726 pages, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Ideal for management majors who plan to become HRM professionals, this highly accessible text presents a conceptual model of the field, placing HRM in the overall context of business management. Students gain a broad, practical understanding of how HRM policies affect the workplace from productivity, quality, and customer service to employee morale. French addresses timely issues changing the current role of HRM, including international topics, the Internet, emerging legal concerns, social responsibility, and performance appraisal.

5. Modern Human Relations at Work by Richard M. Hodgetts, Kathryn W. Hegar, Hardcover: 512 pages, Publisher: South-Western College
The original intent of the book remains paramount: to provide an up-to-date textbook for readers who are novices in the area of human relations or for practitioners with little formal training in the subject. This edition examines the most interesting human relations developments of the early millennium. Many of these issues, while not found in other human relations textbooks, relate to current topics discussed in today’s newspapers and magazines.

6. Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations by Gregory Moorhead, Hardcover: 628 pages, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Places core concepts of human behavior and industrial psychology in a real-world context. The text’s applied approach and succinct coverage of topical issues helps prepare students to meet practical, day-to-day challenges. Strong end-of-chapter exercises, activities, plus an optional case and exercise book make this flexible text suitable for students at the undergraduate level. Likewise, the authors’ emphasis on the latest research continues to attract graduate students.

7. International Human Resource Management: Managing People in a Multinational Context by Peter Dowling, Denice E. Welch, Randall S. Schuler, Paperback: 324 pages, Publisher: South-Western College
Written by authors with broad international experience, this current and comprehensive resource contains extensive international research and examples without losing its appeal to a U.S. audience. This textbook focuses on the choices that confront multinational enterprises in international HR management and factors to consider in making those choices.

8. HR in a Nutshell: Making Good Managers Great! by Steve Bareham, Kindle Edition: 165 pages, Publisher: Summa Publishing
This human resources management book is written as a unique short course in 16 brief, understandable chapters to benefit, among others:

- anyone interested in a HR career or HR career advancement
– managers, and aspiring managers
– business owners who manage their employees
– post-secondary / third-level management program students
– researchers requiring succinct human resources information.

Book Review Excerpts
“As the book jacket states, this book can make managers better at the HR aspect of their responsibilities. But those in employee positions, union members, and those looking for better jobs can really benefit from the insight within this publication. I would encourage those wanting advancement to use this book as a guide for what is expected from employees.” Robert J. Thomson, retired, regional manager, Canadian Federal Government

“I’m convinced this book is an excellent resource for all management staff. It covers the important bases in a succinct yet thorough manner.” Gary Edom, Town Manager, Davidson, Saskatchewan

“Many managers do not have training in how to manage people; they are expert in their respective fields, but often those fields have little to do with personnel management. So, books such as this are invaluable to shore up knowledge and skill deficiencies. As the author points out: ‘no one is born a great manager.’ Anyone in a management position who has not taken courses in HRM should read this book and others like it.” Charlotte Aebig, Office manager, Sunshine Digitizing

About the Author
Steve Bareham worked in management capacities in journalism, public relations, and marketing for 25 years before joining the teaching staff at Selkirk College. Through the ‘80s he worked closely with an organizational psychologist; it was this association that evolved much of his HRM philosophy and processes. At the time of writing, he lives in Nelson, B.C., Canada, and is the administrator of the Golf Club Operations Online Certificate Program (GCOOL) and teaches human resources, business communication, and marketing to resort/hotel, ski, and golf management students enrolled in Selkirk’s School of Hospitality and Tourism.