Issues and Dynamics in Human Resource Management


An international conference held in Germany in 1989 began to raise some critical issues which must dominate the field in the near future: the seduction of H.R.M. as a weapon in the competitive battle for market share; effects of culture and the parameters of change; value-system conflict between capital aggrandisement and drives derived from competition in an infinitely resourceful environment and the emergent collaborative norms appropriate to survival in a limited world; change in management role from sub-system optimisation to whole-system health, including the environment and the long-term future; ethical tensions in H.R.M. consultancy reflecting the two opposing value systems; the emergent characteristics of high-level learning systems for the organisation of tomorrow; primitive psychodynamic roots to the behaviour of some organisations under stress.