Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 30: Publishing human resource management research in different kinds of journals
A number of authors, me included, have suggested that Human Resource Management (HRM) research – and certainly that published in ‘top’ journals – appears to be dominated by a particular approach which emphasizes positivist methodology, a managerialist frame of reference and reliance on theory drawn from social psychology (Harley and Hardy, 2004; Kaufman, 2012; Godard, 2014). Nonetheless, academic HRM is a broad church, with scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds publishing quantitative and qualitative research informed by a range of theoretical traditions. This diversity may reflect the changing nature of universities, with many scholars who would previously have worked in discipline-based departments finding themselves in business schools as the former shrink and the latter grow. Particularly in the UK, Australia and Europe, there is a strong tradition of critique from scholars who work in business schools but who question much of the theoretical and practical foundation of contemporary HRM. Reflecting the nature of the field, work on HRM is published in a wide range of journals. First, there are the general management journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management and Journal of Management Studies, which publish papers on HRM alongside papers from the other major management areas. Second, there are discipline-based journals in psychology (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology), sociology (e.g., Work Employment and Society) and economics (e.g., Labor Economics) which publish work on HRM.
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