This book is written for the large number of public administration students and practitioners who are interested in becoming department managers and supervisors in various areas of government service. It emphasizes the interdependence between the human resource department and line managers in implementing personnel functions. It also provides enough background and history about human resource management in the public sector for line managers to appreciate why the field functions as it does.
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Gill Robinson Hickman (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is currently a Professor of Leadership Studies in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. Her previous experience includes founding Dean in the School of Health at California State University, acting Associate Dean at Virginia Commonwealth University, Professor of Public Administration and Director of Human Resources for two organizations. She was also a founding partner in a small California retail business. Dr. Hickman has published two other books titled Leading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era for Sage Publications and Managing Personnel in the Public Sector: A Shared Responsibility with Dalton Lee for Harcourt College Publishers. In addition, she has published a number of book chapters and articles on leadership studies. Her current research and book project with Dr. Georgia Sorenson focuses on The Power of Invisible Leadership, which examines leadership in settings where dedication to a powerful purpose is the motivating force for people to take action. Dr. Hickman was an invited presenter at the China Executive Leadership Academy Pudong (CELAP), Shanghai, China, the Leadership in Central Europe Conference at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, and the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. She has participated as a panel member at international conferences in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Guadalajara, Mexico and Vancouver and Toronto, Canada. At the Jepson School, she teaches courses on leading change, theories and models of leadership, leadership in organizations, and leadership in a diverse society.Review:
1. Understanding Human Resource Management and the Department Manager's Role. 2. Staffing the Department. 3. Position Management: Understanding the Employee's Job. 4. Meeting Departmental Goals: Performance Assessment. 5. Managing Performance Improvement. 6. Employee Safety and Health. 7. Workplace Ethics. 8. The New Millennium Workplace. Appendix A: Preemployment Inquiry Guidelines. Appendix B: Sample Guidelines for Position Classification. Appendix C: IPMA Statement of Principles and Values.
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