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G. Scott Erickson

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Paul Sparrow and Cary L. Cooper

The chapter summarises recent changes in the HR function. HR directors have developed strategic insight into their organisation, focusing their function on the need to look “into” the organisation, and its strategy, and help ensure the effective execution of change, as part of a team of other senior leaders. As such, they have had to evidence the contribution that people management can have to business challenges such as innovation, productivity, lean management, customer centricity, and the globalisation of operations and organisation capabilities. They have learned to understand the complexity of their organisation’s business models and the different options that exist in terms of organisation design. It notes two over-riding debates or narratives that have come to activity: the notion of talent management; forging a clear link, and line of sight, from the strategy and the changes in business model this often entails, and the engagement of the workforce. The chapter signals the re-emergence of a range of societal debates. It organises the future HRM research agenda into four topics: the role of HR strategy, structure and architecture; the role of key HR processes; key performance enablers and key performance outcomes.

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Thomas Garavan, Alma McCarthy and Ronan Carbery

This chapter charts the landscape of international human resource development (IHRD) and engages with four key strands of IHRD scholarship that point to its possible boundaries. The chapter maps out a number of contextual drivers that are shaping IHRD as both an academic field of research and a set of organisational practices. The chapter proposes an overarching framework to conceptualise the terrain of IHRD. The chapter summarises the focus of the Handbook and summarises the individual chapters and how they are organised. Finally, the chapter proposes a number of priority research areas that will help to give the construct legitimacy as a field of research. The chapter engages in these debates while also acknowledging the emergent, dynamic and constantly evolving nature of the IHRD field.

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G. Scott Erickson

Chapter 1 covers definitions and methods related to big data systems. Placing big data monitoring systems in the context of loyalty programs developed by Tesco/dunnhumby and Caesar’s, the discussion characterizes what big data is, how systems collect and share it, and how it is used to enhance day-to-day decision-making. Concepts like key performance indicators and action-oriented algorithms are included. Coverage then moves to more in-depth marketing analytics related to big data. Here, the marketing approaches of Spotify and Bloomberg are used to illustrate and explain how analysts cut the data in different ways looking for insights as well as conducting predictive and clustering analysis.

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Edited by Paul Sparrow and Cary L. Cooper

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Edited by Mellani Day, Mary C. Boardman and Norris F. Krueger

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Multinationals: in theory and practice

A Narrative of Theory and Practice

Robert Pearce

Outlines the aims, themes and content/structure of the book (i) To track the development of a theory of IB that will allow the understanding and evaluation of MNEs as agents in the global economy. (ii) To trace the evolution of the MNE as an organisational structure that has changed through time in response to changes (institutional and technological) in the global economy. (iii) To point up the ways in which these two analytical strands have overlapped in mutually supportive and elucidatory ways. (iv) Provides and elaborates a definition of the MNE.

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Mellani Day, Mary C. Boardman and Norris F. Krueger

The introduction to this handbook presents an overview of issues that will be introduced in the rest of the chapters with respect to the nascent field of neuroentrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship researchers have begun to investigate brain-based research methods; however, hurdles such as a lack of familiarity with and training in neuroscience research design and implementation, along with interpretation of reactions in the brain to stimuli in laboratory experiments, has prevented any wide-scale adoption of these methods. Initial questions that neuroscientists wrestle with, and that those who would focus on brain-based research should consider, such as philosophical stance on brain versus mind and causation, are addressed.

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Edited by Mellani Day, Mary C. Boardman and Norris F. Krueger

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Georg Krücken, Renate E. Meyer and Peter Walgenbach

In the introduction to the volume, Georg Krücken, Renate Meyer and Peter Walgenbach sketch the origins and the development of the European network of scholars interested in new institutionalism. Further, they provide an overview of the content of the volume at hand.