The Practices Of Human Resources Management

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MPO Assignment 1

The Practices in human resources management have changed in the post-bureaucratic era.

In this essay I am going to argue that human resources will be maximised through a hybridization process using pre-existing bureaucratic mechanisms in conjunction with post-bureaucratic practices. The overarching argument at hand is to determine whether these practices have changed for the better or the worse with management taking on post-bureaucratic methodologies. In section one, I draw on Schuler’s (1992) philosophy of human resources in conjunction with the relationship that ties human resources to bureaucratic and post-bureaucratic forms of control, according to Barley & Kunda (1992), Bridgman, Garcia-Lorenzo & McKenna (2010) and
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Summarising my overall arguments in the conclusion, I exemplify the idea that a balance of bureaucratic and post-bureacratic workflows will ultimately lead to human resources being maxamised to optimal potential in accordance with the writings Clegg & Courpasson (2004) and Clegg, Josserand & Teo (2006).

Schuler (1992, pp. 21) states the philosophy of human resources, relates to the role that human resources, otherwise known as human capital, play in the overall success of a business. This leads to the overarching objective of human resources management being to first and foremost, maximise employee performance. Since the 1980s, a range of ideas indicating a shift of workplace practices to a post-bureaucratic standpoint has become more present. Barley & Kunda (1992) define the movement away from bureaucratic forms of control as a decrease of detailed rules, routines, and scripts guiding day-to-day work, that is, rational forms of control. On the other hand, post-bureaucratic practices carry humanistic values of autonomy, responsibility, flexibility, confidence, and trust that encourages people to be empowered and take on responsibilities (Bardon, Josserand & Villeseche 2012). The core ideals of managing human resources in the post bureaucratic era will stem from this values. Ultimately with Western developed nations
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