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Human Resource Management – Eine Annaeherung in kritischer Absicht (Human Resource Management – Towards a Critical Perspective)

Hartmut Waechter

Industrielle Beziehungen - Zeitschrift fuer Arbeit, Organisation und Management - The German Journal of Industrial Relations, 2013, vol. 20, issue 4, 343-366

Abstract: Human Resource Management (HRM) ist trotz umfangreicher Diskussion in der amerikanischen, britischen und deutschsprachigen Literatur ein schillernder Begriff geblieben, mit dem unterschiedliche Phaenomene und Konzepte verbunden werden. Auch Versuche, den oekonomischen Erfolg des HRM messbar zu machen, haben zu keinen schluessigen Ergebnissen gefuehrt. Die Kritik ist aus diesem Grund und aus grundsaetzlichen konzeptionellen Erwaegungen betraechtlich. Die HRM-Literatur koennte durch staerkere Einbeziehung der Industrial-Relations-Literatur an Realitaetsgehalt gewinnen. Dies gilt besonders fuer die deutschsprachige Literatur. (Despite the extensive discussion of Human Resource Management (HRM) in the American, British and German literature, this concept has remained a “floating signifier” (Keenoy). A wide variety of phenomena and concepts are associated with HRM. Moreover, attempts to measure the economic effects of HRM have yet to produce any conclusive results. For this reason and due to conceptual ambiguities, criticism of HRM has been substantial. If more attention were paid to the literature on industrial relations, the HRM literature could acquire a greater sense of realism. This is especially true for the literature in German-speaking countries.)

Keywords: human resource management; comparative analysis; critical management studies; industrial relations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B10 J50 J53 L21 M12 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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