A Research Agenda for Human Resource Management
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A Research Agenda for Human Resource Management

Edited by Paul Sparrow and Cary L. Cooper

The book’s expert contributors provide short and succinct reviews of 12 key topics in strategic HRM, including HR strategy and structure, talent management, selection, assessment and retention, employee engagement, workplace well-being, leadership, HR analytics, productivity, innovation, and globalisation. Each chapter identifies the strengths and gaps in our knowledge, maps out the important intellectual boundaries for their field, and outlines current and future research agendas and how these should inform practice. In examining these strategic topics the authors point to the key interfaces between the field of HRM and cognate disciplines, and enables researchers and practitioners to understand the models and theories that help tie this agenda together.
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Chapter 5: Managing the selection and retention of human capital resources

Robert E. Ployhart and Jason Kautz


The chapter applies a human capital management lens to research on selection, assessment and turnover. It examines two core but inter-dependent HRM processes – selection and retention – in the context of the talent management research agenda. It examines the relationship between turnover and performance through a number of research lenses: the loss for valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities (the KSAO model); operational disruption and loss of important information flows; and human resource accounting for the true costs of turnover. It discusses the effect of cultural influences on predictor methods, the impact of cultural differences on retention practices and outcomes, and the use of technology for selection and retention. It calls for more study of selection and retention at the unit or firm level, the incorporation of theory from organisational strategy, and the link between investments in selection and training and the recovery of firm productivity.

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