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Fundamentals of Human Resource Management, 4/e

Raymond Noe, The Ohio State University
John Hollenbeck, Michigan State University
Barry Gerhart, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Patrick Wright, Cornell University

ISBN: 0073530468
Copyright year: 2011

Feature Summary


  • All New HRM Oops! Boxes – Engage students through examples of companies whose HR department has missed the mark. Discussion questions at the end of each example encourage student analysis of the situation. Topics include “When Social Networking Gets Too Social” (Chapter 5, p. 144) and “Programs That Discourage Safety” (Chapter 12, p. 366).

  • All New Best Practices – Engage students through examples of companies whose HR department is working well. These real-world examples illustrate company policies that have been successfully put in place and help students apply chapter concepts to real-world business practices. Examples include “Frito-Lay Takes a Fresh Look at Job Design” (Chapter 4, p. 106) and “Orkin Trains Experts” (Chapter 7, p. 192).

  • New and Updated HR How To Boxes – Engage students by guiding them through specific steps to create HR programs and tackle common challenges. Featured examples include “Leading after Layoffs” (Chapter 2, p. 43), “Coaching Employees” (Chapter 9, p. 274), and “Training Programs in Other Countries” (Chapter 15, p. 471).

  • New and Updated eHRM Boxes – Engage students through examples of how HR departments utilize technology on a daily basis. This feature emphasizes how technology is changing the way companies conduct business. Examples include “Mining for Gold: Rating Employees with Data Mining” (Chapter 8, p. 228) and “Paying Employees Electronically” (Chapter 11, p. 328).

  • New and Updated Did You Know? Boxes – Engage students through interesting statistics related to HR topics and snapshots of real-world business practices. Examples include “Engaged Employees Deliver Bottom-Line Benefits” (Chapter 1, p. 5), “What Turns Off an Interviewer” (Chapter 6, p. 175), and “Unpleasant Employees Are Bad for Business” (Chapter 10, p. 306).

  • NEW! Corporate Social Responsibility Examples – Throughout the chapters, in-text discussions are identified that discuss companies and their focus on social responsibility. Look for the CSR icon in the margin of appropriate text pages.


  • Continued Focus on Current Evidence – This text presents the most current coverage of the latest developments in human resource management today. Every chapter of the 4th Edition has been thoroughly updated to ensure students learn from the latest research and business practices. Additionally, figures and tables have been updated throughout the text with the most recent statistics and information available.

  • Continued Focus on Current Trends – Chapter 2, Trends in Human Resource Management, has been updated to include discussion of how workers are trying to find employment and make ends meet as the US economy moves from recession to recovery and the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Chapter 13, Providing Employee Benefits, includes a new section on the Health Care Legislation passed by Congress in 2010. The discussion includes a general overview of the Law’s provisions as they relate to companies providing health care as an employee benefit.

  • Concentration on Assurance of Learning – Noe et al provides you with a complete learning system for your students supporting you in measuring learning outcomes. As with previous editions, the learning objectives open each chapter and are referenced in the page margins where the relevant discussion begins. At the end of each chapter, the summary section revisits the same learning objectives, and the student quiz on the textbook website and instructor testing questions are tagged to the appropriate objective they cover.

  • Thinking Ethically – At the end of the chapters students are confronted with ethical issues regarding managing human resources and are asked to make decisions and justify their approach. Reviewers highlighted this feature because of its focus on critical thinking.

  • It’s a WRAP! – Provides more focus on Reviewing, Applying and Practicing chapter concepts – At the end of every chapter this new feature clearly indicates student’s options for Reviewing, Applying and Practicing chapter concepts using tools such as Manager’s Hot Seat Video, Video Cases, Self-Assessment, Web Exercises, all delivered as part of the Premium Online Resources. Please visit to review.


  • All new BusinessWeek Cases – These cases look at real companies as reported by the nation’s number one business weekly and encourage students to critically evaluate each situation and apply chapter concepts. For example, the new article in Chapter 2, “Raises or Rebuilding?” (pp. 54-55) challenges students to apply trends described in the chapter to identify the dilemmas faced by companies in this sluggish economy: give raises to current employees or hire new staff to grow the business?

  • New End-of-Chapter Cases – take a closer look at companies and how their practices illustrate and apply concepts from the chapter. These cases provide external examples to bring into a lecture, along with questions for assignments or classroom discussion. Examples include Walmart’s discrimination difficulties (Chapter 3, p. 92) and how companies will need to understand the new US health care legislation before they make decisions on employee coverage (Chapter 16, pp. 515-516).

  • NEW! Small-Business Cases Available Online – For the 4th edition, a new small-business case for each chapter—complete with questions—is available online for additional student study and classroom discussion. Cases include “Radio Flyer Rolls Forward” (Chapter 2), “Babies Welcome at T3” (Chapter 13), and “Employees Make a Difference at Amy’s Ice Creams” (Chapter 16).

Distinguishing Features:
  • Instructor’s Guide to using NBC’s “The Office” – contains teaching notes and suggested use of select episodes from the popular television show along with discussion questions and answers. Selected shows highlight specific scenes that are linked to HR topics.

  • End-of-Chapter Material – includes chapter summary, chapter discussion questions, Business Week cases, and other end-of-chapter cases. Summaries recap the “What Do I Need to Know?” questions from the beginning of each chapter and simply reiterate only the key points from the chapter. The discussion questions check comprehension of key chapter concepts and the case materials encourage critical thinking. BusinessWeek Cases proved especially intriguing to reviewers, as instructors consistently praised the inclusion of rich materials like these that enable them to supplement their lectures with examples built into the text.

  • HRM Video DVD – providing 29 HRM related clips available upon adoption of this 4th Edition. New videos include two new videos produced by the SHRM Foundation include HR in Alignment: the Link to Business Results at Sysco Food Services and Ethics: The Fabric of Business. Other notable videos available for this edition include Johnson & Johnson eUniversity for the chapter on Training and Hollywood Labor Unions for the chapter on Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations.

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