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HRM’s Contribution to Hard Work

A comparative analysis of human resource management

Ivan Svetlik and Branko Ilic

The book seeks answers to the question: how has Human Resource Management contributed and how could it have contributed to the development of organisations and economy? Based on theories and literature review each contribution compares HRM practices of several thousand European middle and large organisations, with a special focus on Slovenia, one of the new EU member states, which has successfully managed its transition to market economy. The analyses reveal how strategic the role of HRM in organisations is, how it balances between hard and smart work and between more or less friendly forms of work and employment flexibility. Critical observations of traditional managerial practices, including autocratic and non-participative leadership, which have impacts not only on the organisations but also on wider society, are made. The position of youth is particularly accentuated. Clear differences in these respects have been observed in the wider European area. Recommendations for managers on how their organisations and HRM should be shaped on the way to the knowledge economy are elaborated.
Contents: Ivan Svetlik/Branko Ilič: Foreword – Ivan Svetlik: Introduction: Cracks in the Success Story – Miroljub Ignjatović/Ivan Svetlik: HRM of Low Intensity – Dana Mesner Andolšek/Janez Štebe: The HRM Funcntion and Line Management in European Organisations; How Far has Devolution Gone? – Anton Kramberger/Branko Ilič/Andrej Kohont: Strategically-Oriented Management, Organisational Growth and Effectiveness: A Cross-Country Comparison – Miroslav Stanojević: Mobilising Human Resources to Improve Work Intensity – Matej Makarovič: Social Capital in Slovenian Organisations: The Missing Resource – Jana Nadoh/Klement Podnar: Unsuccessful Superior-Subordinate Communication - A Slovenian Problem – Branko Ilič: Stimulating Innovation with Monetary and Non-Monetary Rewards – Anja Kopač/Martina Trbanc: Extensive but less Development-Oriented Training – Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela/Miroljub Ignjatović: Unfriendly Flexibilisation of Work and Employment - The Need for Flexicurity – Nevenka Černigoj Sadar: Work-Family Arrangements in Organisations – Andrej Kohont: Shallow Policy without an HRM Strategy in the Government Administration.