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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

CN 11-5743/B

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Front Phil Chin    2012, Vol. 7 Issue (2) : 317-346     DOI: 10.3868/s030-001-012-0019-1
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The Philosophical Underpinnings of Western HRM Theory
School of Philosophy, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
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As a typical American Product, the Human resource management (HRM) system provides a strong sense of equity, of a trustworthy exchange relationship, and alleges that assessment and promotion mainly depend on an individual’s merits. The critical perspectives of HRM reveal that the “soft” HRM offers a smokescreen for “hard” HRM to cover its unchanged reality, which emphasizes rationality, individualism, control and short-term orientation. This article analyzes the underlying philosophy of HRM, which offers the fundamental theoretical support for it, from four aspects: individualism, meritocracy, rationality and short-termism.

Keywords HRM      individualism      meritocracy      rationality      short-termism      instrumental rationality     
Corresponding Authors: YUAN Li,   
Issue Date: 05 June 2012
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