Essay on Human Resource Management Processes and Practices

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The Influence of Culture on Human Resource Management Processes and Practices. Dianna Stone and Eugene Stone-Romero, eds. New York: Psychology Press, 2008. 340 pp. $38.25, paper. Although national and international workforces have become increasingly culturally diverse, human resource systems and processes often lag in adapting to multiculturalism in ways that will reduce the cultural bias of existing human resource systems and enhance organizational effectiveness. Nearly 15 years ago Sharon Lobel and I developed a framework for our edited book, Managing Diversity, on the human resource implications of managing the growing diversity of the workforce (Kossek and Lobel, 1996). Although some changes have been made to account flexibly for …show more content…
This chapter would have made a valuable template for contributing authors to reference on its principles for how practices and processes may differ or could have been expanded upon in a well-developed closing chapter on future research directions—something I would like to have seen in this interesting volume. Each of the book’s chapters are fine on their own, but they are not well integrated to create a unifying whole. An organizing framework or more developed integrative discussion at the beginning or the end would have made this very good book even better. Still, there is a great deal of impressive knowledge to be gleaned from the collection of contributing authors. Dipboye and Johnson make the point that the primary knowledge base for human resource management models is from North American and Western scholars, which may help explain a growing national cultural clash over defining “best practices” for selection. Stone, Isenhour, and Lukaszewski compare Hispanic
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Americans, one of the fastest growing U.S. demographic groups with Anglo Americans, to illustrate how cultural values on job application intentions systematically differ. StoneRomero and Thornson discuss how cultures and subcultures associated with demographic differences such as age, national culture, and socioeconomic status systematically differ on how individuals respond to

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