An Innovative New Textbook on Human Resource Management

Senior Professor HHDNP Opatha attached to the Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura launched his new book titled Sustainable Human Resource Management by holding a simple formal ceremony on 07/01/2019 at the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of USJ.

This book is on Sustainable Human Resource Management, which will be one of the most important subjects in the education of Management of Organizations in the future and goals of the organization will have to be expanded to address current challenges which are being faced by HR Managers and other managers in contemporary organizations which are increasingly expected to serve not only owners and other direct stakeholders (customers, employees, and suppliers) but also society and environment. In the modern world, every organization and every manager must be concerned with making significant and positive contributions to the environmental, social, and economic performance of the organization. Sustainability is the most important issue that you and I have to deal with now and will have to deal with in the future too from the point of Management. The objective of this book is to provide a systematic and rational understanding of Sustainable HRM based on a model developed by the author, both conceptual understanding and application-oriented understanding to the reader. It delivers a systematic approach to the analysis and handling of major issues in Sustainable HRM.

Key features of the book include:

  1. Chapter objectives and summary
  2. Useful frameworks
  3. Instruments developed by the author to measure various Sustainable HRM constructs
  4. Real-life and interesting examples
  5. Review questions
  6. Activities (Cases, Critical incidents, and Skill builders) and
  7. Glossary

The book is the first textbook of its kind expanding horizons of HRM. The book is an essential reference to everyone who wishes to become an appropriate HRM specialist or scholar. Some Chapters of the book will be useful for any professional in any field. The book has 12 Chapters and the text includes 464 pages (A4 size):

Chapter 1        Sustainability and Human Resource Management
Chapter 2        Green Human Resource Management
Chapter 3        Organizational Ethics and Human Resource Management
Chapter 4        Work-Family Balance
Chapter 5        Quality of Work Life
Chapter 6        Employee Counselling
Chapter 7        Happiness and Human Resource Management
Chapter 8        High-Performance Organization through Human Resource Management
Chapter 9        Employee Retention
Chapter 10      Absenteeism and Presenteeism
Chapter 11      Customer Satisfaction and Human Resource Management
Chapter 12      Competitive Business Strategy and HR Strategy

The text contains Activities numbering 97 which include 47 Skill builders, 26 Critical incidents, and 24 Cases. 50 activities were developed by adapting from foreign materials while 47 were developed by the author himself. The Glossary has 261 technical terms, 30 definitions given by others (foreign), 04 definitions adapted from others (foreign), 227 definitions constructed by the author and 30 contextually developed original terms. The text indeed contains a considerable number of original theoretical frameworks and formulations.

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