Human Resource Management: Essential Perspectives, 6th Edition

  • Robert L. Mathis University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • John H. Jackson University of Wyoming
  • ISBN-10: 0538481706  |  ISBN-13: 9780538481700
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2007, 2005
  • © 2012 | Published
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Focus on the information most important in preparing for the HR certification exam with a blend of practical HR concepts and proven HR practices found in HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVES, 6th Edition. To further your professional success, this concise essentials text by leading HR authors Robert Mathis and John Jackson reviews today's most important laws and regulations and addresses the information most often used by human resource professionals. Easy to use and economical, the book introduces HR concepts and practices in a format that's applicable for practicing HR professionals in virtually all industries. New chapter openers place concepts in a strong managerial context, making it easy to understand the importance and impact of the principles you are learning. Timely Internet resources and additional readings offer clear guidelines for further HR study in the areas that interest you. Discover the best in human resource management in HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVES, 6th Edition.

Features and Benefits

  • CHAPTER OPENERS PROVIDE IMPORTANT MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES: Introduce each chapter's concepts and applications with new chapter openers, "Meeting Management Challenges," that immediately capture students' attention and provide an intriguing managerial backdrop for the chapter content that follows. Students clearly see the big picture of human resource issues at work in organizations.
  • CONTENT COVERS TODAY'S MOST IMPORTANT HRM TOPICS: The most current HR content is integrated throughout this edition with a focus on the most important topics in HRM today, including the recent recession and its impact on HR and jobs, immigration and the diverse workforce, talent management, total rewards, risk management, and workforce demographic changes.
  • STREAMLINED INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FOCUSED SUPPORT: Immediately find the tools and support you need as this edition's Instructor's Manual focuses on the resources most important for today's busy instructor. Streamlined outlines, additional discussion material, and proven teaching tips for each chapter make this resource more valuable than ever before.
  • STREAMLINED CONTENT REMAINS PRACTICAL AND COMPLETE: Expertly condensed to less than 300 pages, this edition is briefer than most HR texts but remains practical in emphasis and complete in coverage rather than taking a heavily academic approach or covering only specific functional areas. This overview of HR management is ideal for both HR practitioners and traditional students.
  • SOLID ORGANIZATION APPLIES TO ALMOST ANY INDUSTRY: The logical format within this essentials text presents timely HR information that is immediately applicable to a variety of today's industries and professional organizations.
  • CLEAR GUIDANCE ENCOURAGES ADDITIONAL HR STUDY: Additional information, timely Internet references, and updated readings in clear notations throughout the text direct students to the best and latest sources for additional study, making it easy for readers to further their HR knowledge.
  • LATEST RELIABLE RESEARCH PREPARES STUDENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION AND ON-THE-JOB SUCCESS: This edition's authoritative, fully documented research approach helps students effectively prepare for professional HR certification and equips them with the knowledge they need to excel on the job.
  • INTERNATIONAL EMPHASIS PREPARES STUDENTS FOR WORLDWIDE PRACTICE: This condensed view of HR management provides a valuable resource for managers worldwide, preparing current and future HR professionals for U.S. HR management practices from other countries.

Table of Contents

1. Human Resource Management's Role and Strategic Nature.
2. Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity.
3. Individuals/HR Planning/Job Analysis.
4. Staffing: Recruiting and Selection.
5. Training and Talent Management.
6. Performance Management and Appraisal.
7. Total Rewards and Compensation.
8. Variable Pay and Benefits.
9. Risk Management and Employee Relations.
10. Union/Management Relations.
APPENDIX A: Internet Resources.
APPENDIX B: Major Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws and Regulations.
APPENDIX C: Sample Application Form.
APPENDIX D: Guidelines to Lawful and Unlawful Pre-employment Inquiries.
APPENDIX E: Questions Commonly Asked in Selection Interviews.

What's New

  • NEW: Each chapter includes a new "HR - Meeting Management Challenges" opener to introduce the chapter.
  • NEW: Chapter 1 is reorganized to improve the flow of topics, with early coverage of organizational coverage and ethics, and the addition of coverage of the effects of the recession on jobs.
  • NEW: EEO and Diversity (previously chapter 3) is moved up as chapter 2, and reorganized with diversity issues covered earlier in the chapter, and with new sections on Nepotism, romance in the workplace, and genetic bias regulation.
  • NEW: The previous edition's chapter 2 is now chapter 3, and includes an expanded section on job satisfaction, employee turnover is covered earlier in the chapter, a new section on HR planning in introduced to cover assessment of the internal and external workforce, and planning/forecasting HR supply and demand.
  • NEW: Chapter 4 on Training and Talent Management includes new sections on Planning for Training and on Planning for Global Strategies, and an expanded section on talent management.
  • NEW: Chapter 7 is re-titled as Total Rewards and Compensation, and includes new sections on pay secrecy, statistical analysis, and competency-based pay.
  • NEW: Chapter 8 is revised to include expanded coverage of sales compensation, expanded sections on Benefits Plan Design and on Increases in Health Benefit Costs, a new section on mini-medical plans, and an expanded section on Pension Plan Concepts.
  • NEW: Chapter 9's section on The Current State of Health, Safely, and Security is updated to include employers' use of EPLI and mandatory arbitration, and a section on Absenteeism is added to this chapter.
  • Each chapter has been brought up to date on any changes in the HR research or the law that has transpired since the previous edition.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1111577854 | ISBN-13: 9781111577858)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Robert L. Mathis

Dr. Robert L. Mathis is professor emeritus of management at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Born and raised in Texas, he received his BBA and MBA from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. in Management and Organization from the University of Colorado. At UNO, he has received the "Excellence in Teaching" award. Dr. Mathis has co-authored several books and published numerous articles covering a variety of topics. He also has held national offices in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and served as president of the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). In addition, he is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by HRCI. He has had extensive consulting experiences with organizations of all sizes and in a variety of areas. Firms assisted have been in the telecommunications, telemarketing, financial, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and utility industries. Dr. Mathis has extensive specialized consulting experience in establishing or revising compensation plans for small- and medium-sized firms. Internationally, he has consulting and training experience with organizations in Australia, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova, and Taiwan.

John H. Jackson

Dr. John H. Jackson is professor of management at the University of Wyoming. Born in Alaska, he received his BBA and MBA from Texas Tech University. He worked in the telecommunications industry in human resources management for several years before completing his PhD in Management and Organization at the University of Colorado. During his academic career, Dr. Jackson authored six other college texts and more than 50 articles and papers, including those appearing in ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT REVIEW, JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, and HUMAN RESOURCES PLANNING. He has consulted with a variety of organizations on HR and management development matters and has served as an expert witness in a number of HR-related cases. At the University of Wyoming, he served four terms as department head in the Department of Management and Marketing. Dr. Jackson received the university's highest teaching award and has been recognized for his work with two-way interactive television for MBA students. Two Wyoming governors have appointed him to the Wyoming Business Council and the Workforce Development Council. Dr. Jackson serves as president of Silverwood Ranches, Inc.