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Overview

Effective human resource management is a critical function in today's public workplace, and the authors have written a book that helps readers develop key skills for success while also reminding them of the complex puzzles and paradoxes of management in the public sector.

The coverage of Human Resource Management in Public Service is exceptionally comprehensive and up-to-date. After reviewing the historical and legal traditions of HRM, readers learn the essential skills of recruitment, selection, training, compensation, and performance appraisal. The authors include two very timely chapters on family-friendly work practices and quality improvement.

This book has been carefully crafted to be an effective learning tool, with learning objectives, chapter reviews, and three sets of end-chapter study questions (class discussion, tam activities, and individual assignments). The book concludes with a comprehensive glossary, and interesting and illuminating examples are liberally scattered throughout the book (more than 10 per chapter).

The authors have almost one hundred years of combined teaching and professional experience in public administration. According to their Preface, "Our intent is to make this material user-friendly and accessible by highlighting dilemmas, challenging readers to resolve them, and enticing them to go beyond the text to discover and confront other. Our goal is not merely to stuff minds but rather to stretch them."

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Editorial Reviews

Stephen E. Condrey
"This thorough and up-to-date guide to the field should prove invaluable to practicing human resource managers, students, and scholars. I plan to utilize in my graduate human resource management course at the University of Georgia."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761917533
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/22/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan M. Berman is Distinguished University Professor at National Chengchi University in Taipei (Taiwan). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of ASPA Book Series in Public Administration & Public Policy (Taylor & Francis), Senior Editor of Public Performance & Management Review and a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar. His areas of expertise are human resource management, public performance, and local government, and international interests have now taken him to Asia. He has over 100 publications and 10 books, including Public Administration in East Asia: Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan (CRC Press, 2010), People Skills At Work (CRC Press, 2011, with Dira Berman), Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Third Edition (Taylor & Francis, 2007), and Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts, Second Edition (CQ Press, 2006). He is past Chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section of Personnel and Labor Relations, and also a former policy analyst with the National Science Foundation. He was previously the Huey Mc Elveen Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University, and has assisted local jurisdictions on matters of team building, strategic planning, and citizen participation.

James S. Bowman is professor of public administration at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University. Noted for this work in ethics and human resource management, Dr. Bowman is author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters, as well as editor of six anthologies. Bowman is co-author the prize-winning Human Resource Management in Public Service: Paradoxes, Processes and Problems (4th ed., 2012) and The Professional Edge: Competencies in Public Service (2nd ed., 2010). He is editor-in-chief of Public Integrity, a journal owned by the American Society for Public Administration. A past National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Fellow, as well as a Kellogg Foundation Fellow, he has experience in the military, civil service, and business.

Montgomery Van Wart is associate professor and head of the Department of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. He has written The Handbook of Training and Development for the Public Sector and Changing Public Sector Values. His research on public sector training and development, organizational change, ethics, comparative public administration, leadership, and productivity has appeared in major public administration journals.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: CONTEXT AND CHALLENGES
Public Service Heritage
Context, Continuity and Change
Legal Rights and Responsibilities
Doing the Right Thing Right
PART TWO: PROCESSES AND SKILLS: FROM START TO FINISH
Recruitment
From Passive Posting to Head Hunting
Selection
From Civil Service Commissions to De-Centralized Decision-Making
Position Management
Judicious Plan or Jigsaw Puzzle?
Compensation
Vital, Visible, Vicious
Family Friendly Policies
Fashionable, Flexible and Fickle
Training and Development
Creating Learning Organizations
Appraisal
A Process in Search of a Technique
PART THREE: DESIGNING THE FUTURE
Unions and the Government
Protectors, Partners, Punishers
Quality and Productivity Management in the 21st Century
Continuous Improvement
Conclusion
The Future as Opportunity, Not Destiny

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