This text is written at a high enough level for graduate students and does a good job linking strategic management and HRs 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 Professor of Strategic International Human Resource Management and is the founder of the Center for Global Strategic Human Resource Management in the Department of Human Resource Management at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 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 tasks. He has authored or edited over forty books. In addition, he has contributed over forty-five chapters to reading books and has published over 100 articles in professional journals and academic proceedings. Presently, he is on the editorial boards of ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS, JOURNAL OF WORLD BUSINESS, JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, JOURNAL OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT, JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT REVIEWS, and JOURNAL OF MARKET-FOCUSED MANAGEMENT.