Building More Effective Organizations: HR Management and Performance in Practice / Edition 1

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Organizations today are facing heightened challenges in their efforts to perform effectively. These challenges are reflected in the failure of many long-standing organizations and the shortened tenure of senior-level executives. There is increasing agreement that the unique competitive advantage organizations have today lies in their people, their human resource management practices and their cultures. All other elements of production can be readily obtained, bought or copied. We are now in the era of human capital; to be successful organizations need to unleash the talents of their people. Fortunately we now have considerable understanding of what high-performing organizations look like. However, a large gap still exists between what we know and what managers actually do. With contributions from a team of leading academics and practitioners, Building More Effective Organizations provides an extensive survey of human resource management and the organizational practices associated with the high performance of individuals and organizations.
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"Both scholars have academic credentials in organizational theory and behavior with a focus on private sector organizations...Burke and Cooper emphasize the development of employees, which benefits the individual as well as overall organizational health and functioning...The chapters are both interesting and effectively combined."
Public Administration Review, Brian N. Williams, University of Georgia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521688529
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald J. Burke is Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behaviour and Industrial Relations at the Schulich School of Business, York University. One of Canada's most prolific researchers and writers, Professor Burke's work has focused on the relationship between individual well-being and the work environment.

Cary L. Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health and Pro-Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at Lancaster University. He is the author of over 100 books and has published a major report for the EU European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Work Conditions on 'Stress Prevention in the Workplace'. Professor Cooper was awarded a CBE for his contribution to organizational health.

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Table of Contents

List of figures     viii
List of tables     ix
List of contributors     x
Foreword     xii
Preface     xv
Acknowledgements     xxvi
Building more effective organizations
Building more effective organizations: A primer   Ronald J. Burke     3
Enhancing individual health and performance
Enthusiastic employees   David Sirota   Louis A. Mischkind   Michael I. Meltzer     35
Organizational citizenship behavior, transaction cost economics, and the flat world hypothesis   Dennis W. Organ   Jeong-Yeon Lee     57
Best practices for work stress and well-being: Solutions for human dilemmas in organizations   Alvin L. Gibson   James Campbell Quick     84
Enhancing staff well-being for organisational effectiveness   Ivan T. Robertson   Gordon Tinline   Susannah Robertson     110
Enhancing organizational health and performance
Maximizing the value of leadership development: key questions (and some answers)   Steve Kerr   Steffen Landauer   Elise Lelon     127
Best practices in building more effective teams   Kevin C. Stagl   Eduardo Salas     160
Career development processes in organizations   Yehuda Baruch   Sherry E. Sullivan     183
Fostering organizational learning: Creating and maintaining a learning culture   Silvia Salas   Mary Ann Von Glinow     207
Work-life balance, best practices and healthy organisations: A European perspective   Christina Purcell   Suzan Lewis   Janet Smithson   Sue Caton     228
Diversity management practices in leading edge firms   Val Singh     252
Transforming organizations
Making it better - achieving outstanding performance in manufacturing organizations   John Bessant   Dave Francis     281
Culture change in a financial services organisation   Emma Preece     293
Building the sustainable organization through adaptive, creative coherence in the HR system   Barry Colbert   Elizabeth Kurucz   David Wheeler     310
Be in to Win - from absence to attendance in Royal Mail Group   Stuart Kennedy   Tony McCarthy     334
Transforming a company into a community   Philip Mirvis     353
Index     371
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