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 8: Leadership models: the future research agenda for HRM

Johan Coetsee and Patrick C. Flood


The chapter reviews definitions of leadership potential, the nature of succession programmes, and the underlying leadership models. It explains the main approaches taken – leader-centric approaches, traits and behaviours of leaders, ethical and relational approaches, follower-centric approaches, team leadership and identity-based approaches. It argues the leader-centric approach is over-used. It argues we need to re-examine the assumptions and paradigms we currently use in the study of leadership, as well as our methodologies. It lays out some new paradigms of leadership, and explains the methodologies that will enhance our understanding of what is a complex phenomenon. It signals two important areas of research that now need to be addressed. First, to understand leadership as it is conducted in a context of strategic collaboration at the industry and firm level, predicated on more collaborative cultures at the top of the organisation. Second, the role of HR directors as coaches of their organisations.

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