Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations
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Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations

Edited by Keith Townsend, Kenneth Cafferkey, Aoife M. McDermott and Tony Dundon

This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.
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Chapter 9: Evolutionary psychological theory and human resource management

Andrew R. Timming


This chapter explores the application of evolutionary psychology, also commonly referred to as sociobiology, to the fields of human resource management and employment relations. It is argued that evolutionary theory can shine an innovative and useful light on organizational behavior. A brief overview of natural selection is provided. This Darwinian framework is then used to explain workplace mobbing/bullying and employee selection decision-making. The chapter concludes by recognizing the limitations of evolutionary psychology and making some recommendations for future research.

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