Understanding Human Resources Management: A Canadian Perspective,
1st Edition

Melanie Peacock, Eileen B. Stewart, Monica Belcourt

ISBN-13: 9780176798062 | ISBN-10: 0176798064

Copyright 2020

| Published 2019

List Price USD $97.50


Understanding Human Resources Management presents an overview of the topics found in an introductory human resources management course, including HRM systems, processes, and policies. This product is authored by two award-winning educators, who have experience not only in the classroom, but also as HR professionals. They infuse their practical experiences throughout to help bring concepts to life. Regardless of someone’s role within an organization, this product provides them with valuable knowledge about dealing with people to create meaningful and productive work environments.

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Meet the Authors

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Melanie Peacock is an associate professor at the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University and president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association. Dr. Peacock has been extensively involved in professional HR initiatives as a senior manager, independent consultant, and educator. She obtained her bachelor of commerce (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Western University), and her PhD through the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. As a senior manager and consultant, Dr. Peacock has led HR initiatives that create systems, processes, and policies that enable organizations to engage their employees and achieve strong results. With almost 30 years of experience, she has worked for industries including telecommunications, oil and gas, medical research, financial management, and not-for-profit entities and continues to work as an independent consultant. Due to her extensive knowledge and competencies, Dr. Peacock is a sought-after media contributor and commentator at the municipal, provincial, and national levels. In addition to this text, Dr. Peacock has authored books regarding training and development and change management. Dr. Peacock enthusiastically promotes the value of an HR designation and has served on the board of directors for CPHR Alberta (formerly the Human Resources Institute of Alberta). Dr. Peacock was recently named to the HRD’s inaugural Global 100 – the definitive list of the best and brightest people practitioners of 2020. She was presented with the CPHR Alberta Distinguished Career Award in 2014 and was named to HRD Canada magazine’s 2017 list of top 30 HR professionals across Canada. As well, in recognition of her passion for and dedication to teaching, Dr. Peacock was awarded the first Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award in 2014. Furthermore, Western University presented her with the Distinguished Alumni award in 2016.

Eileen Stewart teaches part-time at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she was program head, Human Resource Management Programs, for a number of years. She is a senior human resources professional with extensive experience in all areas of human resources management, including labour relations in both the public and private sectors. As the HR executive, she has managed human resources units in several of British Columbia’s large public-sector organizations. With a diverse background that includes mining, banking, education, and municipal government, Ms. Stewart has a strong overall business orientation. After receiving a B.A. in economics and commerce from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, she joined Teck Mining as its first personnel manager. She then moved to BCIT, where she specialized in labour relations. She obtained her senior management experience at BCIT, as director of personnel and labour relations; the University of British Columbia, as director of human resources; and the City of Vancouver, as general manager of human resources. While working full-time, Ms. Stewart completed her M.B.A. at Simon Fraser University. She currently teaches HRM courses at BCIT and continues to provide consulting services to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Stewart is active in the HR community through her continued involvement with the Human Resources Management Association. She was recognized by HRMA in 2012 with the Award of Excellence for the HR Professional of the Year and became an Honorary Life Member in 2015. She has also served as president of the HRMA, as well as in other executive roles, for several years. In addition to her professional involvement, she is Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors, Community Living BC. Previously, she was chair of the Board of Directors, YWCA of Vancouver, and sat on its Board for many years.

Monica Belcourt is the Director of the School of Human Resources Management at York University. She is the Past President of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO), past Director of the School of Administrative Studies and the founding Director of the Graduate Program in Human Resources Management at York University. Her research is grounded in the experience she gained as Director of Personnel for CP Rail, Director of Employee Development, National Film Board, and as a functional HR specialist for the federal government. Dr. Belcourt alternated work with graduate school, earning a MA in Psychology, a M. Ed in adult education, and a PhD in business. She also holds the designation CHRP (Certified Human Resources Professional). She has taught HR at McGill, Concordia, Universite du Quebec a Montreal and York, and given seminars for HR professionals and executives. She created Canada’s first degrees in human resources management: B.HRM (honours) and a Masters in HRM (www.atkinson.yorku.ca/mhrm/). Monica is the Series Editor for the Nelson Canada Series in HRM, lead author of Strategic Human Resources Planning, and is the lead author of the best selling book, Managing Human Resources, published by Nelson (www.belcourt.nelson.com). She is a frequent commentator on HRM issues for CTV, Canada AM, CBC, The Report on Business, The Globe and Mail, The Canadian HR Reporter and other media.

  • An Emerging Trends box provides information about trends that relate to the content of each chapter.
  • HRM Close-up opens each chapter and relates a story about a manager’s experience, relevant to the content being taught in that chapter.
  • At Work with HRM boxes showcase real-world applications related to a specific topic, including critical thinking questions at the end.
  • Current, Canadian references and cases focus on Canadian companies.
  • Indigenous scenarios and references reflect experiences of all Canadians.
  • Melanie Peacock, one of the co-authors, regularly writes a blog for instructors, highlighting new trends and sharing teaching tips.
  • A running case throughout the book highlights the complex and integrated application of human resources management topics and issues.
  • Two Ethics in HRM boxes appear in every chapter and highlight sensitive issues employees and managers might face, along with questions to consider.
  • HRM and the Law boxes help explain the legal implications of HRM, and questions around legal considerations for HRM issues are provided.
  • Learning outcomes are listed at the beginning of each chapter and highlighted throughout to keep students on track.

Table of Contents

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About the Authors

Chapter 1: Exploring Why HRM Matters
Chapter 2: Operating Within the Legal Framework
Chapter 3: Promoting Employee Health and Safety Through Organizational Culture

Chapter 4: Defining, Analyzing, and Designing the Work
Chapter 5: Planning For, Recruiting, and Selecting Employees

Chapter 6: Orienting, Training, and Developing Employees
Chapter 7: Managing Employee Performance
Chapter 8: Rewarding and Recognizing Employees

Chapter 9: Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities
Chapter 10: Understanding Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining

Chapter 11: Learning About International Human Resources Management

Name Index
Subject Index

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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Understanding Human Resources Management

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