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Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Strategic Approach Hardcover – January 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470331859 ISBN-10: 0470331852 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470331852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470331859
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Covering many issues that are pertinent to the UK...a how-to manual." (Public, February 2009)

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While there are many textbooks in personnel management, to date there have been none devoted to the nonprofit sector. Further, no book has addressed the use of strategic human resources management — the integration of human resources management with the strategic mission of the organization — in both public and nonprofit agencies. This is the first book to do both. Joan E. Pynes, a respected authority in public administration, demonstrates how strategic human resources management is essential to proactively managing change in an environment of tighter budgets, competition from private organizations, the need to maintain and train a more diverse workforce, and job obsolescence brought about by shifts in technology. She offers students and practitioners the guidance and techniques necessary to implement effective human resources management strategies in public and nonprofit organizations — from job analysis to performance evaluation, from recruitment and selection to training and development, from compensation and benefits to collective bargaining. Pynes also covers important but neglected topics such as recruiting and managing volunteers, working with a board of directors, and federal and state labor relations. Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations is an important resource for all involved in shaping, implementing, or studying human resources policies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's easy to ready, plenty of examples and follows a logical order.
peter
While the chapters cover all the essential elements of an introductory graduate class in human resources, it did not hold the interests of my students when I used it.
Jane Banaszak-Holl
I consider this book to be very relevant to human resource practice.
C.R. White

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C.R. White on May 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I consider this book to be very relevant to human resource practice. The author set forth traditional human resources functions such as recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, and compensation and benefits, with the human resources perspective of the 21st century: changing, empowering, strategic management, and team-building.
I also find this book to be relevant to human resource theory. The discussion of traditional human resources theories served to refresh my knowledge of the issues and functions of human resource management.
The text was not difficult to read, but covered the topics comprehensively and provided ample case study examples. I would recommend this book to graduate students.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "sean_van_liempt" on September 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a good general overview of Strategic Human Resources Management (SHRM) theory and techniques as applied to public sector and non-profit organizations. Although it is essentially a textbook aimed at graduate-level students in Public Policy or Public Administration, Pynes' survey approach, pointing the reader to empirical studies and other more in-depth sources, should serve as both a refresher and a source of new ideas, even to long-term practitioners in the field. The book is a series of chapters grouped around three basic themes: changing context, methods and challenges.
Part one puts human resource management (HRM) into a strategic context, starting with an overview of the shortcomings of traditional "after-the-fact" HR strategy. It is filled with real-life examples of challenges, successes and failures. Here, Pynes lays out the central thesis of the book, arguing that vertical integration of HR processes into overall strategic planning is essential for success and sustainability, especially in today's ever-changing organizational milieu. For example, Pynes argues that organizations can benefit by mirroring societal diversity in the workplace (however, I think that the case can be more compellingly presented). She ties up the section with a good overview of the relevant US federal legal and regulatory framework, with a number of examples from labor case law.
Part two provides the "meat" of SHRM practice. Pynes covers the fundamental theories and techniques of job analysis, recruitment and performance evaluation (including a good discussion of how performance appraisals might be reconciled with Total Quality Management's team-based concepts). She reviews methods for determining compensation and benefit levels, including coverage of equity and comparable worth.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C.R. White on May 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I consider this book to be very relevant to human resources practice. The author set forth traditional human resoures functions such as recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, and compensation and benefits, with the human resources perspective of the 21st century: changing, empowering, strategic management, and team-building.
I also find this book to be relevant to theory. the author's discussion of traditional human resources theories served to refresh my knowledge of the issues and functions of human resources management.
The text was not difficult to read, but covered the topics comprehensively and provided ample case study examples. I recommend this book to graduate students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Duru Dozie on May 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like the book because it is simple in its explaination and illustrations, written in simple english where everyone that reads it will comprehend which is the most thing i love in the book.

the sequence of the chapters is done in such an way that it takes you into the next one with an ideal on what you are going to expect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Granted, this is a book on human resources, a naturally mundane subject, but my GOD! It is so much more boring than I could have ever anticipated. I'm only a few chapters in, but the thought of returning to this text week after week, throughout the semester, kind of makes me want to shove bamboo splinters under my fingernails. There aren't a lot of textbooks out there on HR for nonprofits and public service orgs though, so...thanks?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Banaszak-Holl on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This text is incredibly thorough in its review of the public restrictions on human resource management but much less thorough in the needs of nonprofits. While the chapters cover all the essential elements of an introductory graduate class in human resources, it did not hold the interests of my students when I used it. There were too few examples and those that were included were designed more as exemplars of how human resource concepts used and not problem-focused in such a way that would engage the students in discussion and problem-solving. There were too few illustrations of important concepts and it would have helped to have more links to current issues and nonprofits that those in their twenties like. On the up side, the text is well written and provides substantial details about how to implement protocols and policies. I would much rather not write a review of a book that doesn't work for me but I think that the existing reviews here gloss over some of these issues.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jooil lee on May 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organization" by Joan E. Pynes is a textbook for practitioners, policymakers, and graduate students. This book addresses Human Resources Management (HRM) issues in public and nonprofit organizations. The economical, cultural, legal, and technological environments surrounding public and nonprofit organizations are rapidly changing; organizations must intergrate their human resources management needs with their long-term strategic plans. This book provides the techniques and methods of HRM in regards to strategic planning.
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