From planning human resources through recruitment and selection, training and development, appraisal and reward management to welfare and redundancy, this introductory text follows the natural cycle of HRM activity in a way that is intuitive and accessible to the student. The international and European content gives a broader context for the student than any other text in the field, and makes it essential reading for those taking BA business studies, and other management degree programmes and professional Diploma and Certificate courses in personnel and human resource management. Written for students approaching HRM for the first time, it covers the issues relevant to the private, public and not for profit sectors of the economy and has been carefully designed and developed to offer the reader:A carefully structured and consistent chapter format to give a balanced view of the latest developments in key areas of the field.Extensive lists of further reading directing the student to the most important literature in the area.Case studies in each chapter supported by further questions to be considered both individually and in group work.;A major section looking at the development, role and impact of European institutions and regulations and an analysis of their effect on national law.The challenge of having the right people at the right place, with the right attitudes and skills to work to achieve the objectives of the organization, and all at an affordable cost, is common to all businesses. This textbook considers and clearly lays out the techniques and practices that can be employed by the organization to meet that challenge.