About the book
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.