Chapter 1 Introduction to the Research Handbook on HRM in the Public Sector
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In this chapter we present the framework guiding the work on the different chapters of this Research Handbook on Human Resource Management in the Public Sector. In doing so, we first set out the importance of the Research Handbook. Next, we clarify the focus (HRM) and locus (public sector) of this Research Handbook by highlighting a short history and conceptualization of HRM and by discussing the essence of the public sector. Then we present our model of HRM in the public sector which consists of the following building blocks: strategic HRM and the HRM cycle as independent variables, various types of outcomes (organisational effectiveness, individual well-being, and social legitimacy) as dependent variables, several mediating mechanisms (e.g. job demands-resources model, job characteristics model and self-determination theory) that link HRM and outcomes, and the broader context influencing the process of value creation. These building blocks form the different sections of the Research Handbook.

Editors: Bram Steijn and Eva Knies