This introductory text on the techniques and functions of human resource management covers both the basic functional areas and issues such as current demographic and social trends in the workplace. The authors focus on utility to assess the impact of a variety of HRM practices. Human resource information systems are covered in depth in two inserts, the first discussing the design, capabilities and selection of HRIS, and the second focusing on its varied uses. "International perspective" boxes provide information on how various cultures and countries approach human resource functions, and a chapter new to this edition covers the management of human resources in multinational organizations. Many examples, cases and exercises are included. Ancillary package available upon adoption.