This text is written at a high enough level for graduate students and does a good job linking strategic management and HR's role. The Triad building blocks are excellent. There are other good HR texts, but they are not really written for graduate students.
I use this text because I believe it to be the most complete text written at a level that is suitable for an undergraduate introductory course.
This is the most up-to-date text with a strategic HR bent and has application materials at the end of the chapters. I also had to have a textbook that would appeal to line managers who where my audience--not HR professionals. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Randall S. Schuler is Distinguished Professor of International Human Resource Management and Human Resource Strategy, Past Director of the Masters in HRM Program, and Founder and Past Director of the Center for Global Strategic Human Resource Management in the Department of Human Resource Management in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. He is also on the faculty of the Lorange Institute of Business Zurich as a Research Fellow and the faculty of Lancaster Management School as a Visiting Fellow. His interests are global human resource management, strategic human resource management, the human resource management function in organizations and the interface of business strategy and human resource management. He has authored or edited over forty-five books. In addition, he has contributed over sixty chapters to reading books and has published over one-fifty hundred articles in professional journals and academic proceedings. Presently, he is Chief Editorial Consultant for the European Journal of International Management and is on the Editorial Boards of several journals including the Cross Cultural Management, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of World Business, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, and Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. Currently he is co-editing a GLOBAL HRM Series for Routledge Publishing, London England, with P. Sparrow, S. Jackson and M. Poole. It is comprised of more than twenty books and involves more than 300 authors from around the world. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Management.