AbstractThe subject matter of this submission for a PhD by publication is the rise of human resource management in the UK. It specifically examines the responsibilities of line managers and personnel specialist and the importance of rewards in identifying the nature of human resource management in the UK at the end of the twentieth century. The submission presents an overview of a number of books and papers previously published by the author concerning two areas of inquiry (1) profit sharing and share ownership schemes and (2) managers attitudes to human resource management.
Chapter 1 presents a critical appraisal of previous work on human resource management that places the stimulus for the research and selected publications in context. Also, it examines the rise of human resource management and theoretical models of human resource management. Chapter 2 explores the design and methodology of the two research endeavours and places these in the context of management research. Chapter 3 reviews the outcomes of the research particularly that concerned with the external environment and competitive advantage, responsibilities of line and personnel management and the integration of rewards. It also presents the main findings of the research and reaches conclusions on the nature of management, dissemination and utilisation of the research.
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