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Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing People Globally

by David C. Thomas and Mila B. Lazarova SAGE Publications, Inc
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The book is an essentials volume that extracts key concepts in the management of people in a global context and presents them in a concise volume. In doing so it seeks to balance the various perspectives on the topic while reflecting the most current research available. Extensive references will allow readers wishing to explore concepts in more depth an avenue to do so.

Each chapter begins with an introductory vignette (short case) that exemplifies the core issues to be discussed in the chapter. The vignette is referred to later in the chapter as the topic is developed. This approach is designed to make the reader immediately aware of how the knowledge can be applied. This device is in addition to end-of-chapter cases, which are used to reinforce concepts presented. Each chapter closes with a set of discussion questions designed to reinforce and/or apply key points in the chapter.

List of Tables and Figures
Chapter 1. Globalization and Human Resource Management
Chapter 2. Cultural and Institutional Context of Global Human Resource Management
Chapter 3. Organizational Context of Global HRM
Chapter 4. Transfer of HRM Across Boundaries
Chapter 5. HRM in International Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Collaborative Alliances
Chapter 6. Global Staffing
Chapter 7. Global Human Resource Development
Chapter 8. Global Performance Management and Compensation
Chapter 9. International Mobility and Global Careers
Chapter 10. International Employee Representation and Corporate Social Responsibility
Chapter 11. Emerging Issues in Global HRM
Appendix: GLOBE Country Scores
About the Authors

“Adopting a truly global perspective, Essentials of International Human Resource Management by Thomas and Lazarova, provides a first rate account of the anatomy of this evolving field. In incorporating insights garnered from international, comparative and cross-cultural lenses, the authors unearth the explanatory power of contextualism and demonstrate the true value of a ‘levels of analysis’ approach.  Illustrative case studies serve to augment the theoretical material making it an indispensable resource for any student of IHRM.”
David C. Thomas (PhD University of South Carolina) is currently Professor of International Business in the School of Management at the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is the author of eight other books including the bestselling Cultural Intelligence: Living and Working Globally, (2009, Berrett-Koehler Publishers). His book Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts (2008, Sage Publications) was the winner of the R. Wayne Pace Human Resource Development book of the year award for 2008. In addition, he has recently edited (with Peter B. Smith and Mark Peterson) The Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research from SAGE Publications. His research on cross-cultural interactions in organizational settings has appeared in numerous journals. He is currently Area Editor for Cross-Cultural Management for the Journal of International Business Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of World Business, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management. His previous academic postings have included positions at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, the Pennsylvania State University and The University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he was also Director of the Master of International Business Program. He has held visiting positions at KoƧ University, Istanbul, Turkey, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hawaii, Massey University, New Zealand, and ESCEM, Tours, France. In addition to teaching at both undergraduate and post graduate level, Dr. Thomas has consulted on diversity issues with numerous organizations in North America, Europe and Australasia.
Affiliations: University of New South Wales, Australia

Mila Lazarova is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management in the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada. She received her PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Lazarova holds a MS degree in HR/IR from Rutgers University and a MBA degree in International Business from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her research interests include expatriate management, with a focus on repatriation and the career impact of international assignments; work/life balance issues related to assignments; global careers; the role of organizational career development and work/life balance practices on employee retention; and the changing role of the HR department in organizations. She also conducts research in comparative human resource management and is the Canadian contributor to CRANET, a long-term research collaboration of over 35 universities across the world that carries out a regular international comparative survey of organizational HR policies and practices. She has received two competitive research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in support of her work on the CRANET project. Dr. Lazarova has published her work in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Organizational Behavior and has contributed numerous book chapters in edited volumes. She has been awarded the Excellence in Research Award from SFU Beedie School of Business.
Affiliations: Simon Fraser University, Canada