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Is HRM catching on?

Storey, John (1995). Is HRM catching on? International Journal of Manpower, 16(4) pp. 3–10.

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The nature, and extent, of change in the way people are managed at work continues to provoke much controversy. How new are the initiatives which are being launched? What kind of “transformation” are they capable of bringing about? Is the human resource management (HRM) phenomenon only a conceptual game played by academics or is there evidence of actual change of this kind in real places of work and involving real people? These are the kinds of questions which are addressed in this article. In order to furnish practical answers, evidence is called forth from two extensive programmes of research. The first of these was conducted in the late 1980s at the University of Warwick (Storey, 1992) and the second, covering the period 1992-94, has just been completed at the University of Loughborough (Grant Report, 1995; Storey and Bacon, 1993).

This article has three sections. In the first, a summary of the Warwick study is made. In the second, the findings are brought up to date with a report on the Loughborough study. Third and finally, some concluding observations are made about the trends suggested by these two studies.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 1995 MCB University Press,
ISSN: 1758-6577
Keywords: barriers; field research; human resource management
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 38954
Depositing User: John Storey
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:20
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