International Human Resource Management

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European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Sciences ISSN 1450-2275 Issue 29 (2011) © EuroJournals, Inc. 2011 http://www.eurojournals.com

Current Trends and Future Directions of Human Resource Management Practices: A Review of Literature
Ogunyomi, O. Paul Department of Industrial Relations & Personnel Management University of Lagos, Nigeria E-mail: yomipaul@mail.com Shadare, A. Oluseyi Department of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management University of Lagos, Nigeria E-mail: seyidare2001@yahoo.co.uk Chidi, O. Christopher Department of Industrial Relations & Personnel Management University of Lagos, Nigeria E-mail: krischidi2002@yahoo.com Abstract The management of people at work has evolved over a long period of
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HRM emerged in the early 1980s as a response of US to the economic success of Japan (Jones, 1996). Blyton and Turnball (1992) distinguish two approaches to HRM; namely ‘Harvard Model’ which has great influence on academics and ‘Michigan School’. Harvard model emphasises the need for line managers to accept more responsibilities for ensuring the matching of competitive strategy and personnel policies and to develop policies that encourage the development and implementation personnel activities which make them interwoven. Michigan school on the other hand suggests that HR systems and organisation structure should be managed in such a way that makes possible the alignment with organisational strategy. This paper set out to review relevant literature on human resource management practices, as well as the periodised history of human resource management with a view to identifying current trends and future directions of human resource management.

2.0. Review of Relevant Literature
According to Beach (1975) as cited in Fajana (2002), industrial revolution of the early 1800s made the management of people at work a complex and challenging field of endeavour. Managing people at work has evolved through the following labels. • Labour Administration • Labour and Staff Administration • Personnel Administration • Personnel Management • Human Resource
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