• Helen Newell
  • Harry Scarbrough


Human resource management (HRM) is defined here in simple terms as the management of people in organisations. In modern societies, with complex changes in the nature of work and technology, it is increasingly recognised that the effective and efficient production of goods and services requires more from employees than their passive compliance with managerial instructions. What is needed is their active commitment and initiative. Management of human resources can be seen to be as important for corporate success as the handling of any other management activities.


Human Resource Management Human Resource Management Practice Active Commitment Passive Compliance Corporate Success 
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  1. Tyson, S. (1995) Human Resource Strategy: Towards a General Theory of HRM. London: Pitman.Google Scholar

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  • Harry Scarbrough

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