The Ideological Evolution of Human Resource Management: A Critical Look into HRM Research and Practices

Sami Itani
Aalto University School of Business, Finland

Product Details
22 Sep 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
320 pages - 152 x 229mm
Critical Management Studies
This book is a pioneering work that maps out the ideological evolution of HRM research and practices, with a particular focus on our contemporary era of multinational corporations. It explores the ideological evolution of Human Resource Management (HRM) from the 1950s to the present day and maps out the development of HRM research and practices from a Critical Theory perspective. Its findings open up avenues for metatheoretical development within the HRM research field and provide employees under modern capitalism with emancipatory awareness.

Both the theoretical framework and the empirical findings of this study will be of interest to HRM researchers as well as management researchers of all epistemological backgrounds, particularly those working within Critical Management Studies. This work will also appeal to teachers and students, and it could serve as a textbook for a number of postgraduate level courses, including Organization Theory, Critical Management Studies, Human Resource Management, Business History, Sociology of Management, and Critical Theory. 

Conceptual Part - Reviewing the Literature
Empirical Part - Findings in Their Historical Contexts
Conclusions and Discussion
Sami Itani is a Finnish management thinker who attained his Ph.D. from Aalto University School of Business (former Helsinki School of Economics) and completed part of his degree as a visiting scholar at Stanford University. In his research, Itani focuses on various topics relating to International Human Resource Management, such as expatriate knowledge sharing and the impact of language skills on career mobility. Currently Itani works as a country-level HR Director for the world’s largest staffing service provider, The Adecco Group.

"This tour de force takes us through decades of research on Human Resource Management, providing a fascinating, and often startling, synthesis of the ideological dimensions of this research. The book is a must read for Human Resource Management scholars interested in the ideological control of workers, and promises to become a classic in this area." - Sarah Soule, Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior - Stanford Graduate School of Business

"Synthesising a complex body of literature, this engaging book shows how academic discourse on HRM has developed and shifted since the 1950s. The ideological features of HRM are deftly explored through a detailed examination of its articulation in the longest established HRM journal. More specifically, the book instructively applies Giddens' formulation of five dimensions of ideology to provide an illuminating account of the normative ideals of HRM in the era of the multinationals." - Hugh Willmott, Professor of Management - Cass Business School

"Sami Itani's book is in many ways exceptional. Offering a much needed critical theory approach to the evolution of HRM, it is based on a unique study of the development of its practices over time. The book is not only highly relevant for researchers and students. It offers useful insights for reflective practitioners in discovering what HRM has been, what it is, and what it could be." - Janne Tienari, Professor of Management and Organization - Hanken School of Economics, Finland

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