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Beyond Human Resources - Research Paths Towards a New Understanding of Workforce Management Within Organizations

Gonzalo Sánchez-Gardey

University of Cádiz

An expert researcher on Diversity Management and HRM, with an extensive list of top journal publications and very highly cited papers, relevant international research networks, and wide expertise on research methodologies as Structural Equation Modeling.


Fernando Martín-Alcázar

University of Cádiz

A Business Management Professor and Principal Investigator since 2004, coordinator of diverse competitive research projects, promotor of a number of dissertations, and co-author of more than 30 top journal papers.

Natalia García-Carbonell

University of Cádiz

Associate professor with remarkable expertise on HRM strategy formulation processes and the analysis of top management team human capital, a number of the top journals published papers and highly involved in research events organization and networking.


Intellectual Capital HRM Social Capital Internal Relations Social Externalities Business Ethics Values Corporate Social Responsibility Employee Relations Employee Satisfaction and Motivation Unionism Industrial Relations

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The understanding of the way in which workforces are managed in organizations has evolved in recent years. Since it origins at the end of the eighties, research in Human Resource Management has moved from a functional perspective to a more strategically focused approach. Models developed since late nineties have explained its contribution to organizational performance and competitive advantage. Nevertheless, there are still many relevant dimensions of human relations within organizations that remain unanswered. Recent social and economic changes, derived from global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the urgency to raise and explore them. Traditional management models have failed to explain how organizations can assimilate demand reductions without dismantling their structures, how they can retain talent, or how the practices applied to manage their workforces contribute to social development. Adopting a critical perspective, this book will attempt to point to some of these issues that future research in workforce management should address to explain the role that the function should play to promote sustainable and socially distributed growth.

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Gonzalo Sánchez-Gardey

University of Cádiz

Gonzalo Sánchez-Gardey, PhD, is a Professor at University of Cádiz (Business Management Department). His research has been focused on two main lines: a) workforce diversity and strategic HRM and, b) the analysis of intellectual capital in academic research teams, what led him to achieve important levels of scientific productivity. In particular, he is a co-author of several papers in top international journals such as the British Journal of Management, European Management Journal, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Group Decision and Negotiation and Journal of Business Ethics among others. Additionally, Prof. Sánchez-Gardey has coordinated several funding research projects and has also been a promotor of a number of dissertations. At the international level, he has been continually involved in organizing research events such as the International Workshop on HRM held and arranged biannually at Cádiz University, research seminars and conferences. The research networks derived from his trajectory resulted in diverse research stays at prestige European and American universities as Oxford University and Cornell University.

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