Teaching critical HRM

Last updated, 1 Jul 2015

CMS in general 

Alvesson, M and Willmott, H (eds) (1992) Critical Management Studies. London: Sage

Alvesson, M and Willmott, H (eds) (2003) Studying Management Critically. London: Sage.

Fournier, V and Grey, C (2000) 'At the Critical Moment'. Human Relations. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726700531002

Grey, C. and Willmott, H.C. (2005), Critical Management Studies: A Reader, Oxford University Press

Jackall, Robert. Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers. Updated Edition. Oxford: OUP USA, 2009.

Critical HRM – Books / Book chapters

Alvesson, Mats. “Critical Perspectives on Strategic HRM.” In The Routledge Companion to Strategic Human Resource Management, edited by John Storey, Patrick Wright M., and David Ulrich. Routledge Companions. London: Routledge, 2009.

Bierema, Laura L. “Moving beyond Performance Paradigms in Human Resource Development.” In Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education, edited by Arthur L. Wilson and Elisabeth R. Hayes. John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Collings, David G., and Geoffrey Wood. Human Resource Management: A Critical Approach. Routledge, 2009.

Cushen, J., & Harney, B. 2014. Broken promises: Why SHRM does not always work. Chapter 12 In B. Harney, & K. Monks (Eds.), Strategic HRM: Research and practice in Ireland. Dublin: Orpen

Knights, David, and Hugh Willmott, eds. Introducing Organizational Behaviour and Management. London: Thomson, 2007.

Legge, Karen. Human Resource Management: Rhetorics and Realities; Anniversary Edition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Townley, Barbara. Reframing Human Resource Management: Power, Ethics and the Subject at Work. London: SAGE Publications Ltd, 1994.

Critical HRM Journal articles 

Costea, B., Amiridis, K., & Crump, N. (2012). Graduate employability and the principle of potentiality: An aspect of the ethics of HRM. Journal of Business Ethics, 111(1), 25-36. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1436-x

Dale, K. (2012). The employee as 'Dish of the Day': The ethics of the consuming/consumed self in human resource management. Journal of Business Ethics, 111(1), 13-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1437-9

Delbridge, R., & Keenoy, T. 2010. Beyond managerialism?. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21(6): 799-817. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585191003729309

Fleming, P., & Sturdy, A. (2009). "Just be yourself!": Towards neo-normative control in organisations? Employee Relations, 31(6), 569-583. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01425450910991730

Greenwood, M. (2013). Ethical analyses of HRM: A review and research agenda. Journal of Business Ethics, 114(2), 355-366. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-012-1354-y

Harney, B. 2009. The road less travelled in HRM-Performance research: A critical realist alternative to big science. Paper presented at the Labor and Employment Relations Series: Proceedings of the 61st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA 3-5 available at http://www.lera.uiuc.edu/pubs/proceedings/2009/AP2009.pdf#page=15

Janssens, M., & Steyaert, C. (2009). HRM and performance: A plea for reflexivity in HRM studies. Journal of Management Studies, 46(1), 143-155. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00812.x

Kaufman, Bruce E. Market competition, HRM, and firm performance: The conventional paradigm critiqued and reformulated. Human Resource Management Review, 25(1), 107-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrmr.2014.08.001

Pohler, D.M., & Luchak, A.A. (2014). Balancing efficiency, equity and voice: The impact of unions and high involvement work practices on work outcomes. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 67, 1-32.

Pohler, D.M., & Luchak, A.A. (in press). Are unions good or bad for organizations? The moderating role of management's response. British Journal of Industrial Relations. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12042

Thompson, P. 2012. The trouble with HRM. Human Resource Management Journal, 21(4): 355-367. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2011.00180.x

Wall, T. D., & Wood, S. J. 2005. 'The Romance of Human Resource Management and Performance, and the Case for Big Science', Human Relations, 58: 429–62. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0018726705055032

Wood, S., Van Veldhoven, M., Croon, M., & De Menezes, L.M. 2012. Role involvement, high involvement management and organizational performance: The mediating roles of job satisfaction and well-being. Human Relations, 65(4): 419–446. This tests critical management arguments.

Zanoni, P. (2011). Diversity in the lean automobile factory: doing class through gender, disability and age. Organization 18: 105 DOI: 10.1177/1350508410378216 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508410378216

HRM books (Not explicitly critical)

Lepak & Gowan, Human Resource Management: Managing Employees for Competitive Advantage

Redman, T. & Wilkinson, A (Eds) (2001) Contemporary human resource management: Text and cases, pp 263-282. Harlow: Prentice Hall.

Phillips, J. M., & Gully, S. M. (2013). Human Resource Management (1 edition). Mason, Ohio: South-Western College Pub.

Lawler III, Edward E. “Designing High Performance Organizations.” Center for Effective Organizations, 2001, 1–18.

Other suggestions

Bristow, A. (2007). Fragments and links: Organizational actor-world of the Harry Potter phenomenon. Culture and Organization, 13(4), 313-325. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14759550701676429

Luchak, A.A. (2003). What kind of voice do loyal employees use? British Journal of Industrial Relations, 41, 115-134. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8543.00264

Wood, S. & Wall, T.D. 2007. Work enrichment and employee voice in human resource management-performance studies. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18(7): 1335–1372. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190701394150

Jackman, J. M., & Strober, M. H. (2003). Fear of feedback. Harvard Business Review81(4), 101–108.

Peiperl, M. (2001). Getting 360 degree feedback right. Harvard Business Review79(1), 142–147.