New Horizons in Management series
Edited by George Saridakis and Cary L. Cooper
In a dynamic working and economic environment characterized by globalization, deregulation of markets and financial engineering, increasing product-market competition, sectoral shifts, free trade in goods and services, labour mobility and free movement of capital, the role of human resources (HR) in leading and delivering sustainable national and regional growth and improving individuals’ well-being is becoming increasingly important. Governments, decision-makers and public and private firms of different sizes and management ownership are called to respond by putting skills, knowledge and capabilities into action and to learn by innovating and adapting to economic, technological, social and environmental challenges, and to external forces and downturns. Through HR there could be enhanced role empowerment and employee relations, entrepreneurial ability and job creation, strengthened competitive advantage, promotion of equal opportunities in employment and production of better matches between jobs and workers, encouragement of rural development and investment, the upgrade of infrastructure and networking, the ensuring of social, cultural and professional integration of minorities, and the support of strategies and policies on safety, health and behaviour (see, for example, Lado and Wilson, 1994; Ichniowski et al., 1997; Guest,2002; Handel, 2003; Barling et al., 2003; Chadwick et al., 2004; Gardner et al. 2005; Hayton, 2005; Saridakis et al., 2008; Chadwick and Dabu, 2009; Storey et al., 2010).