HRM and Critical Social Science Analysis

HRM and Critical Social Science Analysis ABSTRACT In her early work on personnel management, Karen Legge showed the way forward for a non‐prescriptive and critical analysis of employment management practices. Legge has developed this concern in subsequent work and given it a wider focus by setting her analysis of HRM in its broad socio‐political context. A great deal of the academic HRM literature has tended not to follow this lead, however, and often remains prescriptive, functionalist and uncritical. Even when HRM analysis does set out to be critical, it can be seen as out of touch with important developments in social science thinking. A scheme for undertaking critical social scientific analysis is developed to overcome some of these difficulties and this is applied to a narrative of HRM strategy‐making in Moddens Foods. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management Studies Wiley

HRM and Critical Social Science Analysis

Journal of Management Studies, Volume 41 (3) – May 1, 2004

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0022-2380
eISSN
1467-6486
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-6486.2004.00440.x
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Abstract

ABSTRACT In her early work on personnel management, Karen Legge showed the way forward for a non‐prescriptive and critical analysis of employment management practices. Legge has developed this concern in subsequent work and given it a wider focus by setting her analysis of HRM in its broad socio‐political context. A great deal of the academic HRM literature has tended not to follow this lead, however, and often remains prescriptive, functionalist and uncritical. Even when HRM analysis does set out to be critical, it can be seen as out of touch with important developments in social science thinking. A scheme for undertaking critical social scientific analysis is developed to overcome some of these difficulties and this is applied to a narrative of HRM strategy‐making in Moddens Foods.

Journal

Journal of Management StudiesWiley

Published: May 1, 2004

References

  • Foucault, HRM and the ethos of the critical management scholar
    Barratt, Barratt
  • Human resource management and industrial relations
    Guest, Guest
  • Of strategies deliberate and emergent
    Mintzberg, Mintzberg; Waters, Waters
  • Best practice and best fit: chimera or cul‐de‐sac
    Purcell, Purcell
  • Personnel and human resource managers: power, prestige and potential
    Purcell, Purcell

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