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The Employment Relationship: Key Challenges for HR

2003. Butterworth-Heinemann ISBN 0 7506 4941 0

Paul R. Sparrow Ford Professor of International Human Resource Management, Manchester Business School, UK.

Cary L Cooper BUPA Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health, Manchester School of Management, UMIST.


  • Illustrates the connection between HRM policies/practices and work


  • Provides an up to date summary of existing research, knowledge and


  • Identifies the challenges that need to be addressed “This book unites the insights and knowledge of two prominent scholars into a fascinating mix of insights, data and prediction. They make a formidable partnership …and dissect with precision and elegance the changing nature of work, the challenges of the new employment relationship and the impact both on individuals and organisations… a thought-provoking, timely and beautifully crafted book that will be extremely useful in enabling managers and HR specialists to build a conceptual understanding of the theme in order to navigate the path of this changing relationship, and to academics and students as they attempt to understand the complexity of this crucial issue.”

Professor Lynda Gratton, London Business School

"Sparrow and Cooper provide an extensive analysis of the trends impacting this relationship, as well as important implications for how to manage the employment relationship to achieve organizational success. They explore the past, present, and future of the employment relationship in a way that is a must reading for any organizational decision maker who hopes to create competitive advantage through people." Professor Patrick Wright, Cornell University

"This book successfully tackles a tough task…. Sparrow and Cooper provide a data-rich, readable account of the overarching trend toward flexibility in employment, providing research, examples and international perspectives to highlight the prevailing trend toward individuation of work. Proponents of evidence-based management practice will find in this book a thorough yet pragmatic source of insight into the challenges employers and workers face in fostering employment relations that serve their many needs and interests. Fascinating, grounded, and readable”. Professor Denise Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University

"Sparrow and Cooper are two of the most widely-published authorities in the world on the "employment relationship". The book is rigorously researched, laced with interesting examples, and extremely well written. They perform an outstanding job of analysing this topic and advancing our understanding of its applicability… The book will be of intense interest and use to academics and practitioners alike in their attempts to understand and improve individual and organizational behaviour and effectiveness." Professor Randall S. Schuler, Rutgers University and GSBA Zurich

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