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Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

© 2011
by Raymond Noe John Hollenbeck Barry Gerhart Patrick Wright

4th Edition Active, In-Print 592 Pages Softcover
9780073530468 0073530468

Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, by Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart and Wright is specifically written to provide a complete introduction to human resource management for the general business manager. This book is the most engaging, focused and applied HRM text on the market.

1 Managing Human Resources

Part 1 The Human Resource Environment

2 Trends in Human Resource Management

3 Providing Equal Employment Opportunity and a Safe Workplace

4 Analyzing Work and Designing Jobs

Part 2 Acquiring and Preparing Human Resources

5 Planning for and Recruiting Human Resources

6 Selecting Employees and Placing Them in Jobs

7 Training Employees

Part 3 Assessing Performance and Developing Employees

8 Managing Employees? Performance

9 Developing Employees for Future Success

10 Separating and Retaining Employees

Part 4 Compensating Human Resources

11 Establishing a Pay Structure

12 Recognizing Employee Contributions with Pay

13 Providing Employee Benefits

Part 5 Meeting Other HR Goals

14 Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations

15 Managing Human Resources Globally

16 Creating and Maintaining High-Performance Organizations Glossary Photo Credits Name and Company Index Subject Index

New to this Edition

Correlation Guide:


This convenient guide matches the units in Annual Editions: Human Resources 11/12 with the corresponding chapters in three of our best-selling McGraw-Hill Human Resource textbooks by Noe et al., Byars/Rue, and Cascio.


  • All New HRM Oops! Boxes " Engage students through examples of companies whose HR department has missed the mark. Discussion questions at the end of each example encourage student analysis of the situation. Topics include "When Social Networking Gets Too Social? (Chapter 5, p. 144) and "Programs That Discourage Safety? (Chapter 12, p. 366).
  • All New Best Practices " Engage students through examples of companies whose HR department is working well. These real-world examples illustrate company policies that have been successfully put in place and help students apply chapter concepts to real-world business practices. Examples include "Frito-Lay Takes a Fresh Look at Job Design? (Chapter 4, p. 106) and "Orkin Trains Experts? (Chapter 7, p. 192)
  • New and Updated HR How To Boxes " Engage students by guiding them through specific steps to create HR programs and tackle common challenges. Featured examples include "Leading after Layoffs? (Chapter 2, p. 43), "Coaching Employees? (Chapter 9, p. 274), and "Training Programs in Other Countries? (Chapter 15, p. 471).
  • New and Updated eHRM Boxes " Engage students through examples of how HR departments utilize technology on a daily basis. This feature emphasizes how technology is changing the way companies conduct business. Examples include "Mining for Gold: Rating Employees with Data Mining? (Chapter 8, p. 228) and "Paying Employees Electronically? (Chapter 11, p. 328).
  • New and Updated Did You Know? Boxes? Engage students through interesting statistics related to HR topics and snapshots of real-world business practices. Examples include "Engaged Employees Deliver Bottom-Line Benefits? (Chapter 1, p. 5), "What Turns Off an Interviewer? (Chapter 6, p. 175), and "Unpleasant Employees Are Bad for Business? (Chapter 10, p. 306).
  • NEW! Corporate Social Responsibility Examples " Throughout the chapters, in-text discussions are identified that discuss companies and their focus on social responsibility. Look for the CSR icon in the margin of appropriate text pages.

  • Continued Focus on Current Evidence? This text presents the most current coverage of the latest developments in human resource management today. Every chapter of the 4th Edition has been thoroughly updated to ensure students learn from the latest research and business practices. Additionally, figures and tables have been updated throughout the text with the most recent statistics and information available.
  • Continued Focus on Current Trends " Chapter 2, Trends in Human Resource Management, has been updated to include discussion of how workers are trying to find employment and make ends meet as the US economy moves from recession to recovery and the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chapter 13, Providing Employee Benefits, includes a new section on the Health Care Legislation passed by Congress in 2010. The discussion includes a general overview of the Law's provisions as they relate to companies providing health care as an employee benefit.
  • Concentration on Assurance of Learning? Noe et al provides you with a complete learning system for your students supporting you in measuring learning outcomes. As with previous editions, the learning objectives open each chapter and are referenced in the page margins where the relevant discussion begins. At the end of each chapter, the summary section revisits the same learning objectives, and the student quiz on the textbook website and instructor testing questions are tagged to the appropriate objective they cover.
  • Thinking Ethically - At the end of the chapters students are confronted with ethical issues regarding managing human resources and are asked to make decisions and justify their approach. Reviewers highlighted this feature because of its focus on critical thinking.
  • It's a WRAP! Provides more focus on Reviewing, Applying and Practicing chapter concepts " At the end of every chapter this new feature clearly indicates student's options for Reviewing, Applying and Practicing chapter concepts using tools such as Manager's Hot Seat Video, Video Cases, Self-Assessment, Web Exercises, all delivered as part of the Premium Online Resources. Please visit www.mhhe.com/noefund4e to review.

  • All new BusinessWeek Cases " These cases look at real companies as reported by the nation's number one business weekly and encourage students to critically evaluate each situation and apply chapter concepts. For example, the new article in Chapter 2, "Raises or Rebuilding?" (pp. 54-55) challenges students to apply trends described in the chapter to identify the dilemmas faced by companies in this sluggish economy: give raises to current employees or hire new staff to grow the business?
  • New End-of-Chapter Cases take a closer look at companies and how their practices illustrate and apply concepts from the chapter. These cases provide external examples to bring into a lecture, along with questions for assignments or classroom discussion. Examples include Walmart's discrimination difficulties (Chapter 3, p. 92) and how companies will need to understand the new US health care legislation before they make decisions on employee coverage (Chapter 16, pp. 515-516).
  • NEW! Small-Business Cases Available Online " For the 4th edition, a new small-business case for each chapter?complete with questions?is available online for additional student study and classroom discussion. Cases include "Radio Flyer Rolls Forward? (Chapter 2), "Babies Welcome at T3? (Chapter 13), and "Employees Make a Difference at Amy's Ice Creams? (Chapter 16).

Retained Features

Distinguishing Features:
  • Instructor's Guide to using NBC's "The Office? contains teaching notes and suggested use of select episodes from the popular television show along with discussion questions and answers. Selected shows highlight specific scenes that are linked to HR topics. The guide can be found on the book's website at www.mhhe.com/noefund4e
  • End-of-Chapter Material includes chapter summary, chapter discussion questions, Business Week cases, and other end-of-chapter cases. Summaries recap the "What Do I Need to Know?" questions from the beginning of each chapter and simply reiterate only the key points from the chapter. The discussion questions check comprehension of key chapter concepts and the case materials encourage critical thinking. BusinessWeek Cases proved especially intriguing to reviewers, as instructors consistently praised the inclusion of rich materials like these that enable them to supplement their lectures with examples built into the text.
  • HRM Video DVD providing 29 HRM related clips available upon adoption of this 4th Edition. New videos include two new videos produced by the SHRM Foundation include HR in Alignment: the Link to Business Results at Sysco Food Services and Ethics: The Fabric of Business. Other notable videos available for this edition include Johnson & Johnson eUniversity for the chapter on Training and Hollywood Labor Unions for the chapter on Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations.

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