Human Resource Management in Public Service: Paradoxes, Processes, and Problems

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Recognizing the inherent tensions and contradictions that result from managing people in organizations, Human Resource Management in Public Service: Paradoxes, Processes, and Problems offers provocative and thorough coverage of the complex issues of management in the public sector. Continuing the award-winning tradition of previous editions, this Third Edition helps students to understand complex managerial puzzles and covers all of the stages of the employment process, including recruitment, selection, training, legal rights and responsibilities, compensation, and appraisal. Grounded in real public service experiences, the book emphasizes hands-on skill building and problem solving.

New and Continuing Features

  • Offers additional practical tools for managers and student job seekers, more international examples, and more examples from hospitals and social services
  • Includes new sections on ethics training, motivation, psychological contracts, civil service reform, and workplace violence
  • Incorporates unique chapters on family-friendly benefits and HRM issues relating to productivity improvement strategies
  • Draws relevant managerial examples and cases from local, state, and federal government
  • Balances coverage of big picture topics with the development of hands-on, technical skills
  • Encourages active learning through carefully crafted questions at the end of each chapter and a mix of individual, group, and in-class exercises that ensure student mastery of key concepts

Human Resource Management in Public Service: Paradoxes, Processes, and Problems, Third Edition is intended for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resource Management in departments of management, public administration, and political science.

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Evan M. Berman is Distinguished University Professor at National Chengchi University in Taipei (Taiwan). He is also the Editor-in-Chief of ASPA Book Series in Public Administration & Public Policy (Taylor & Francis), Senior Editor of Public Performance & Management Review and a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar. His areas of expertise are human resource management, public performance, and local government, and international interests have now taken him to Asia. He has over 100 publications and 10 books, including Public Administration in East Asia: Mainland China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan (CRC Press, 2010), People Skills At Work (CRC Press, 2011, with Dira Berman), Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Third Edition (Taylor & Francis, 2007), and Essential Statistics for Public Managers and Policy Analysts, Second Edition (CQ Press, 2006). He is past Chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section of Personnel and Labor Relations, and also a former policy analyst with the National Science Foundation. He was previously the Huey McElveen Distinguished Professor at Louisiana State University, and has assisted local jurisdictions on matters of team building, strategic planning, and citizen participation.

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“I have been using your HR text for a few semesters now, and I am getting very positive responses from my students. Some of them have mentioned that they will always hold on to the text as a reference source. The students have also found the career development guide to be very useful. The example statements provided are excellent! I like that you provide examples of the not so useful statements too. Students find this especially useful. The guide on - getting the job in a Q&A format is great. No other books provide this information - so, thank you! I hope to continue using your book for semesters to come.”

(Meghna Sabharwal )

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