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Human Resource Management and Evolutionary Psychology

Exploring the Biological Foundations of Managing People at Work

Andrew R. Timming

Answering pressing questions regarding employee selection and mobbing culture in the workplace, Andrew R. Timming explores the unique intersection of the biological sciences and human resource management.
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Andrew R. Timming

No one writes a book on one’s own. This one, certainly, is the product of a myriad of discussions I’ve had with friends and colleagues over the years. As Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” I want to thank my colleagues at the University of Western Australia for discussions that have helped to shape the arguments presented in this book, and indeed my thanks also go out to the University itself for providing me with a stimulating environment in which to write it. I also want to thank Ben Jones, Lisa DeBruine, and David Perrett for, through their own research, helping me to better understand the evolutionary foundations of this book, as well as Dennis Nickson and Chris Warhurst for their pioneering work on aesthetic labor. The editorial staff at Edward Elgar have been very helpful and responsive, and to them I also send my thanks. I want to thank Man Wing Timming, my wife and my best friend, for helping me to organize the chapters into a coherent whole, and for putting up with me more generally. The same goes for my children. And what kind of man could forget to thank his parents and siblings? Mom, Dad, Justin, Josh, Meghan, and Marcus, I love you all.

Andrew R. Timming

Perth, Australia