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Unpublished Paper
HRM as chameleon: Is soft HRM rhetoric used to disguise an increase in managment control?
RMIT Business Working Paper (2002)
  • Carol Gill, Melbourne Business School
Abstract

The Critical Perspective proposes that HRM is ineffective, suggesting that only a name change differentiates HRM and its precursor Personnel. Simultaneously, it presents HRM as a predator that uses rhetoric to disguise an increase in management control. This research examines these propositions from the Critical Perspective through a survey sent to Human Resource Managers in 896 large, Australian organizations. The results challenge the propositions of the Critical Perspective indicating that HRM has been implemented in rhetoric and reality. The results also show that HRM does not manipulate the workforce to increase management control by using soft rhetoric to obscure hard reality.

Keywords
  • Critical Management,
  • Human Resource Management,
  • Management Control
Publication Date
August, 2002
Citation Information
Carol Gill. "HRM as chameleon: Is soft HRM rhetoric used to disguise an increase in managment control?" RMIT Business Working Paper (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carol_gill/33/