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HRM: A contributor to employee alienation?


Tonks, GR and Nelson, LG, HRM: A contributor to employee alienation?, Research and Practice: Human Resource Management, 16, (1) pp. 1-17. ISSN 0218-5180 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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In response to organisational demands for improved human performance, the Human Resource Management (HRM) literature has placed escalating emphasis on employee commitment. Despite this focus employee commitment has declined to a point where many workers are experiencing powerlessness, meaninglessness, isolation, and self estrangement, that are symptoms, which Blauner (1964) associated with alienation. Specific issues and challenges concerning alienation and commitment are explored in this paper. It is then argued that the predicament is not indicative of flawed HRM theory, but rather it results from the marginalisation of HRM which is caused by the failure, intentional or otherwise, of human resource professionals to implement the commitment focussed models proposed by Beer, et al. (1984) and others. These notions are discussed.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:human resource management, HRM, employee alienation, estrangement
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management
UTAS Author:Tonks, GR (Dr Graeme Tonks)
UTAS Author:Nelson, LG (Dr Lindsay Nelson)
ID Code:52896
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2008-10-07
Last Modified:2012-11-13
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