Organization Theory and HRM

Tony J. Watson

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547029
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577390 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

Organization Theory and HRM

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This article aims to identify the contributions that have been made by ideas from organization theory to our understanding of the organizational activity of human resource management — and its earlier ‘personnel management’ manifestation. Attention is also given to ways in which greater use might be made of organization theory in the analysis of HRM activities and processes in the future. HRM processes are organizational processes. They occur within all work organizations and they cannot be understood separately from the way in which organizations themselves are perceived.

Keywords: organization theory; human resource management; organizational activity; personnel management; HRM activities; organizational processes

Article.  8291 words. 

Subjects: Human Resource Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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