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Essentials of International Human Resource Management Managing People Globally by David C. Thomas, Mila B. Lazarova

Essentials of International Human Resource Management Managing People Globally



Essentials of International Human Resource Management Managing People Globally by David C. Thomas, Mila B. Lazarova

The book is an essentials volume that extracts key concepts in the management of people in a global context and presents them in a concise volume. In doing so it seeks to balance the various perspectives on the topic while reflecting the most current research available. Extensive references will allow readers wishing to explore concepts in more depth an avenue to do so. Each chapter begins with an introductory vignette (short case) that exemplifies the core issues to be discussed in the chapter. The vignette is referred to later in the chapter as the topic is developed. This approach is designed to make the reader immediately aware of how the knowledge can be applied. This device is in addition to end-of-chapter cases, which are used to reinforce concepts presented. Each chapter closes with a set of discussion questions designed to reinforce and/or apply key points in the chapter.


Adopting a truly global perspective, Essentials of International Human Resource Management by Thomas and Lazarova, provides a first rate account of the anatomy of this evolving field. In incorporating insights garnered from international, comparative and cross-cultural lenses, the authors unearth the explanatory power of contextualism and demonstrate the true value of a `levels of analysis
approach. Illustrative case studies serve to augment the theoretical material making it an indispensable resource for any student of IHRM.

-- Michael J Morley This is a timely book delivering what it says in the title: essentials of IHRM. Its contextualized perspective gives it a unique flavor. A must read for students and practitioners of IHRM alike. -- Wolfgang Mayrhofer Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing People Globally is a must-read for anyone studying or managing human talent in a global context. Written by leading experts in the field, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone needing cutting-edge knowledge in international human resource management. -- Paula Caligiuri

About the Author

David C. Thomas (PhD, University of South Carolina) is currently the Beedie Professor of International Management at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of ten books, including most recently The Multicultural Mind: Unleashing the Hidden Force for Innovation in Your Organization (Berrett-Kohler Publishers). He has also authored Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing People Globally from SAGE Publications (with Mila B. Lazarova) and the best selling Cultural Intelligence: People Skills for Global Business, published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (with Kerr Inkson). With Peter B. Smith and Mark F. Peterson he published the Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research from SAGE Publications. His research on cross-cultural interactions in organizational settings has appeared in numerous journals. He is a past Area Editor for the Journal of International Business Studies and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Advances in Global Leadership and European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management. His previous academic postings have included positions at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he was also Director of the Master of International Business Program, and The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) Sydney, Australia. He has held visiting positions at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of Hawaii, Massey University, New Zealand, ESCEM, Tours, France, and Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to teaching at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate level, Dr. Thomas has developed executive education programs in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States and has served as a consultant to numerous multinational firms and government agencies. When not writing or teaching he can most likely be found scraping or varnishing or sometimes sailing his 1984 Hans Christian cutter, Clovelly . Mila B. Lazarova (PhD, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; MBA, International Business, the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria) is associate professor and Canada research chair in Global Workforce Management in the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her research interests include expatriate management with a focus on repatriation and the career impact of international assignments; work-life balance issues related to assignments; global careers; the role of organizational career development and work-life balance practices on employee retention; and the changing role of the human resources (HR) department in organizations. She also conducts research in comparative human resource management and is the Canadian contributor to CRANET, a long-term research collaboration of over 35 universities across the world that carries out a regular international comparative survey of organizational HR policies and practices.

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Publication date

15th August 2013


David C. Thomas, Mila B. Lazarova

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SAGE Publications Inc


376 pages




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