Bruce Kaufman, Professor in the Economics department at Georgia State University recently published an article, “Evolution Of Strategic HRM As Seen Through Two Founding Books: A 30th Anniversary Perspective On Development Of The Field,” Human Resource Management 54.3 (2015): 389-407. From the abstract:
Two pioneering books published in 1984 arguably launched the field of strategic human resource management (SHRM). The first is Strategic Human Resource Management by Fombrun, Tichy, and Devanna; the second is Managing Human Assets by Beer, Spector, Lawrence, Mills, and Walton. This article provides a 30th anniversary review of the two books, partly to honor their pioneering contributions but also to use them as a lens for examining how the field has subsequently evolved and developed. Two recently published SHRM books [Short Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management (Cascio and Boudreau) and HRM and Performance: Achievements and Challenges (Paauwe, Guest and Wright)] are used as a benchmark for this analysis. The review identifies areas of SHRM constancy and change, major theoretical and empirical innovations, and newly developed research questions and directions, largely in an American context. Diagrammatic models of SHRM are synthesized and compared from the four books; also, nine specific dimensions of evolution in the field are highlighted with discussion of advances and shortcomings.
Other recent works by Professor Kaufman include:
Kaufman, Bruce E. “Market Competition, HRM, And Firm Performance: The Conventional Paradigm Critiqued And Reformulated.” Human Resource Management Review 25.1 (2015): 107-125.
Kaufman, Bruce E. “The Historical Development Of American HRM Broadly Viewed.” Human Resource Management Review 24.3 (2014): 196-218.
Kaufman, Bruce E. “Theorising Determinants Of Employee Voice: An Integrative Model Across Disciplines And Levels Of Analysis.” Human Resource Management Journal 25.1 (2015): 19.