The polemical argument developed in this paper is an attempt to analyse the ‘problem’ of HRM and suggest a way forward. The ‘problem’ is identified in terms of the intrinsic conceptual‐theoretic, empirical, representative and institutional ambiguities which characterize the discourses and practices of HRM. It is argued that these stem from the epistemological limitations of modernist methodologies employed to ‘identify’ and ‘fix’ HRM. The proposed ‘solution’ involves visualizing the phenomenal forms taken by HRM through the metaphor of the hologram and re‐understanding HRM from a holographic perspective. This permits the well‐known ‘contradictions’ to dissolve and HRM is reconstituted as a complex holistic process refracting the politico‐managerial changes attendant on ‘globalization’
Journal of Management Studies – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1999
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