Strategic Human Resource Management: The Evolution of the Field

In this paper, the authors take an evolutionary and chronological perspective on the development of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) literature. They divide this body of work into seven themes that reflect the directions and trends researchers have taken over approximately thirty years of research. During this time the field took shape, developed rich conceptual foundations, and matured into a domain that has substantial influence on research activities in HR and related management disciplines. They trace how the field has evolved to its current state, articulate many of the major findings and contributions, and discuss how they believe it will evolve in the future.

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