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Human Resource Management

** Featured Research Project**

Organisational Performance During Environmental Uncertainity: The Impact of an Influential Human Resource Function and High Involvement Work Practices

In a period of global environmental uncertainty, this project will investigate the critical need to invest in Human Resource Management (HRM) activities to ensure that workforce management decisions are made in a strategic rather than reactive manner.  The project first examines if, during a period of economic stress, high involvement work practices can impact on organisational performance and second the effect an influential HRM function can have in strengthening or weakening that relationship. Outcomes include strategies for HRM professionals to assist in workforce management and the improved performance of the HRM function during increased environmental uncertainty.


Dr Cathy Sheehan,
Dr Brian Cooper,
Professor Helen De Cieri,
Professor Rob Brooks,

Current Research Projects

Strategic Human Resource Management
Organisational Performance

Past Research Projects

Women, Training and Access to Promotional Opportunities in the VPS
Predictors of Career Success and Tenure for Retail Sector Employees
Managing an Ageing Workforce


Reference Lists

The reference list (pdf 59kb) outlines key studies in the field.
The table (pdf 89kb) captures items/scales used in HRM research.

Other Research on HRM and Performance

Paul Boselie (Tilburg University), Graham Dietz (Durham Business School) andCorine Boon (Erasmus University Rotterdam) present an overview of what they believe to be every empirical research article into the linkages between human resource management and performance published in pre-eminent international refereed journals between 1994 and 2003 (n=104).

Their full list of HRM articles and other relevant Tables can be downloaded here.

The data is also presented in:

Boselie, P., Dietz, G., Boon, C. (2005. Commonalities and contradictions in HRM and performance research. Human Resource Management Journal 15(3): 67-04.

Useful Links


Human Resources Magazine online - Australia leading information resource on Human Resources issues.

Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is Australia’s national association representing human resource and people management professional.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) - here you will find statistical information related to topics including the Australian labour force, economy, employment and population.

The National Library of Australia has a comprehensive area on its web site entitled ‘Australian Law on the Internet’ at Listed on this web site is which is another discrete web site which contains up to date versions of all federal and state legislation and a great deal of case law.

Australian Safety and Compensation Council - for the latest information about Australian OHS such as the national strategy, OHS standards and statistics, including the National OHS Strategy 2002–2012 and the Compendium of Workers’ Compensation Statistics Australia, visit

For information about OHS and workers compensation at an Australian state level, visit individual state government web sites, for example:

  Victorian Government OHS:
  WorkCover Queensland:
  WorkCover Western Australia:

The Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) has an informative web site which contains its annual report and a number of links to relevant developments in Australian industrial relations.

The Australian Fair Pay Commission (AFPC) is a statutory body responsible for setting and adjusting Federal Minimum Wages:


The US Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is an important professional society for human resource management, based in the United States.  Here you will find current articles related to HR issues.  SHRM also publishes HR Magazine, a business magazine for human resources. Articles regarding a variety of HR topics are available online at

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) includes 30 countries that share a commitment to democratic government and the market economy, and has active relationships with around 70 other countries, and many non-government organisations.  The website includes a range of publications and statistical reports covering economic and social issues.,

The Telework Coalition, USA – ‘Enabling Virtual, Mobile, and Distributed Work through Education, Technology, and Legislation’

Visit: for the latest news and information on telework and telecommuting...e.g.

  • The Telework Coalition releases Benchmarking Study that finds telework has evolved into a mainstream way of working.
  • To download the Whitepaper: Your Business at the Crossroads: Preparing for the Age of the Distributed Workforce.

The Call Centre Association (CCA) is a professional body for call and contact centres, based in the United Kingdom. The web site contains several research publications and surveys of call centres.

The objective of the Asia Pacific Occupational Safety and Health Organization (APOSHO) is to promote mutual understanding and cooperation among communities in the Asia–Pacific region and to contribute to the enhancement of OHS in these communities through the exchange of information and views.

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-government professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of OHS.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK is the professional body for those involved in the management and development of people:

Mission Statement: To lead in the development and promotion of good practice in the field of the management and development of people, for application both by professional members and by their organisational colleagues; to serve the professional interests of members; and to uphold the highest ideals in the management and development of people.

Top HRM Journals

'Human Resource Management' - Covering the broad spectrum of contemporary human resource management, this journal provides practicing managers and academics with the latest concepts, tools, and information for effective problem solving and decision making in this field. Broad in scope, it explores issues of societal, organizational, and individual relevance. Journal articles discuss new theories, new techniques, case studies, models, and research trends of particular significance to practicing managers.
Wiley, USA,

'The International Journal of Human Resource Management’ - is the forum for HRM scholars and professionals world-wide.
Concerned with the expanding role of strategic human resource management in a fast-changing global environment, the Journal focuses on future trends in HRM, drawing on empirical research in the areas of strategic management, international business, organisational, personnel management and industrial relations.  IJHRM encourages strategically focused articles on a wide range of issues including employee participation, human resource flow, reward systems and high commitment work systems. The Journal aims to address major issues arising from: internationalisation of market integration, increased competition, technological change, new concepts of line management, changing corporate climates.
Taylor and Francis, UK,

Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources’ - is the premier academic journal on human resources in the Australasian region. The Australian Human Resources Institute's publication has enjoyed a long and successful history and is distributed to individuals and institutions within Australia and around the world.The Journal presents leading thinking and commentary on a range of Human Resource topics, and publishes the results of research, theoretical and conceptual development, practitioner-oriented case-studies and book reviews.
Sage Publications, Australia,

Human Resource Management Review’ - is a quarterly journal devoted to the publication of scholarly conceptual/theoretical articles pertaining to human resource management and allied fields (e.g. organizational behavior, industrial/organizational psychology, labor relations). Meta-analytical reviews that make a conceptual/theoretical contribution are also appropriate. It will focus on issues of function and process, preferably addressed at the micro (i.e., individual and group) level. However, the Review will also consider papers at the macro (organizational and societal) level of analysis. Its purpose is to provide a forum for ideas that will stimulate and lead to empirical research, as well as for the critical examination of existing concepts, models, and frameworks. Subject areas considered appropriate include, but are not limited to, personnel selection, compensation, performance appraisal, attraction and retention, training and development, human resource applications of computer technology, and human resource planning.
Elsevier, USA,

Personnel Review’ - In all parts of the World, academics are seeking to understand how organizations utilize their human resources in order to gain a competitive advantage. Personnel Review considers and develops all the aspects of Human Resource Management (HRM). Against this background of change and development, the need for a resource such as Personnel Review is greater than ever before. This highly respected journal presents the latest research and developments and takes a broad view of the aspects, whilst still allowing for extra considerations and an academic rigour that is a hallmark of the journal.
Emerald, UK,

HRM Books

De Cieri, H., Kramar, R., Noe, R., Hollenbeck, J., Gerhart, B. & Wright, P. 2008. Human resource management in Australia. Strategy – people – performance. (3rd edn.) Mc-Graw-Hill: Sydney. 

Holland, P. & De Cieri, H. (Eds.) 2006. Contemporary issues in human resource development, Pearson Education: Sydney.

Holland, P., Sheehan, C., Donohue, R., & Pyman, A., 2007, Contemporary Issues and Challenges in HRM, Tilde University Press, Prahran.

Boudreau, J.W. & Ramstad, P.M. 2007.  Beyond HR: The new science of human capital, Harvard Business School Press: Boston.

Upcoming Book Publication - July 2008
Barrett, R. & Mayson, S. (Eds) 2008. International Handbook of Entrepreneurship and HRM, Edward Elgar Publishing: UK

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs


Graduate Diploma in Human Resources

Master of Human Resource Management

Master of Business Administration/Master of Human Resource Management


Bachelor of Commerce (major specialisation in Human Resource Management)

Bachelor of Business and Commerce (major in Human Resource Management)

Bachelor of Business Studies (major in Human Resource Management)

AHRI website (Accredited Courses):