Higher Education

Human Resource Management: Essential Perspectives, 7th Edition

  • Robert L. Mathis University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • John H. Jackson University of Wyoming
  • Sean Valentine University of North Dakota
  • ISBN-10: 1305115244  |  ISBN-13: 9781305115248
  • 288 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2007
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $105.00
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Give students a focused understanding of the most up-to-date human resource management concepts and practices that are important for today's successful HR professionals. Recognized authors Robert Mathis, John Jackson, and Sean Valentine have condensed the best from their market-leading Human Resource Management, 14e to create a highly streamlined alternative for instructors who are seeking core content and up-to-date coverage of HR concepts and practices. Thorough yet concise, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: ESSENTIAL PERSPECTIVES, 7E follows a consolidated framework adapted from the larger book while helping students identify and focus on core concepts in the field in a more succinct, streamlined format. This edition reviews today's most important laws and regulations and addresses the information most often used by HR professionals. The authors focus on the coverage most important for students, with a solid introduction to concepts and practices that are applicable for HR professionals in numerous industries.

Features and Benefits

  • NEW CHAPTER OPENERS PROVIDE IMPORTANT MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVES: Introduce each chapter's concepts and applications with new chapter openers, "Using HR to Meet Management Problems," 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, focusing on the most important topics in HRM today.
  • STREAMLINED INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FOCUSED SUPPORT: Find the tools and support you need immediately, using this edition's Instructor's Manual, which 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 in 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 suggested 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 ON-THE-JOB SUCCESS: This edition's authoritative, fully documented research approach helps equip students with the knowledge they need to excel on the job.

Table of Contents

1. HR's Role, Strategy, and Planning.
2. Equal Employment Opportunity and Discrimination.
3. Workforce, Jobs, and Retention.
4. Staffing: Recruiting and Selection.
5. Talent Management, Training, and Development.
6. Performance Management and Appraisal.
7. Total Rewards and Compensation.
8. Variable Pay, Executive Compensation, and Benefits.
9. Risk Management, Worker Protection, and Employee Relations.
10. Union/Management Relations and Grievances.

What's New

  • Each chapter includes a "Using HR to Meet Management Problems" opener to introduce the chapter.
  • Updated Internet resources and suggested readings provide students with helpful direction on where to learn more about the field.
  • New and updated figures throughout each chapter focus on the most important topics in HRM today.
  • Each chapter offers today's most current HR content, the latest laws, and the HR trends shaping business today. In this revision, you will find new content on emerging topics such as ethics, the ethical process, leadership, social media, technology, current economic conditions and unemployment, and multinational and global business.


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Instructor Supplements

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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.

Sean Valentine

Dr. Sean R. Valentine is the University of North Dakota alumni leadership and ethics professor and professor of management. Originally from Texas, he received a BS in Management/Human Resources from Park University, a BS in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from New Mexico State University, an MBA in Business Administration from Texas State University, and a DBA in Management from Louisiana Tech University. He was employed in the hospitality industry for many years and was an officer in the Army National Guard. During his academic career, Dr. Valentine published more than 75 articles in journals such as HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, HUMAN RELATIONS, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT QUARTERLY, EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS JOURNAL, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, JOURNAL OF BUSINESS ETHICS, JOURNAL OF PERSONAL SELLING & SALES MANAGEMENT, CONTEMPORARY ACCOUNTING RESEARCH, and BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH IN ACCOUNTING. His primary research and teaching interests include human resource management, business ethics, and organizational behavior, and he has received numerous awards and other recognition for his work. He also has consulted with a variety of organizations on different business matters.