The (potential) demise of HRM?

Tony Dundon, Anthony Rafferty

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This article seeks to provoke that human resource management (HRM), both as an academic field of study and as a form of professional practice, is at risk of impoverishment. The main reasoning for this is because of ideological individualism and marketisation with an attendant neglect on wider organisational, employee, and societal concerns. Following a review of the context of financialised capitalism, three contemporary developments in HRM are used to illustrate the argument: reward strategies, talent management, and high performance work systems. Implications for the practice of HRM and the way the subject area is taught in mainstream business schools are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-391
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Management Journal
Issue number3
Early online date20 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • HRM education
  • financialisation
  • hyper-individualism
  • reward
  • talent management

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Work and Equalities Institute


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