Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management
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Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management

Second Edition

Edited by Chris Brewster, Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Elaine Farndale

This second, updated and extended edition of the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management draws on the work of many of the world’s leading researchers in the field to present the state of the art to scholars, students and practitioners. The Handbook provides a detailed focus on the theoretical underpinnings of Comparative HRM, on comparative studies of specific areas of HRM practice and on the unique features of HRM in all the main regions of the world.
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Chapter 20: HRM practice and scholarship in North America

Susan E. Jackson, Andrea Kim and Randall S. Schuler


The chapter presents the current state of North American human resource management (HRM) practices and scholarship in larger public and private sector organizations, paying particular attention to three issues: the burgeoning freelance economy, achieving gender balance among the managerial tier of organizations, and heightened corporate transparency. Additionally, the authors reflect on the rising awareness of the long-term implications of climate change and environmental degradation and their relationship to HRM. The North American approach to HRM reflects the liberal market economies found in the USA and Canada, with a strong interest in the strategic role of effective HRM.

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