#Book review

A must-read book for human resource management junkies

Published On: August 17, 2020 01:55 PM NPT By: Prakash Dhakal

Human Resource Management, written by Niranjan Prasad Upadhyay, Ph.D., is a useful read for the students pursuing Masters’ in Public Administration. It helps the students understand and explore each topic included in the curriculum by Tribhuvan University for human resource management. 

The book starts by introducing human resource management, followed by explaining its evolution, classification, acquisition, development, maintenance, employees rights and obligations and challenges. Diversity management and performance management are also covered in the book. 

The book provides extensive information on every single topic, covering national and international anecdotes. This can be used as a reference book for detailed information on human resource management. This is a good read for any person who wants to explore their understanding on human resource management. I am a HR professional, and this book has provided me with a good understanding of socialization, diversity management and performance management skills.    

It is written with great enthusiasm and passion with updated examples on every topic. A former joint-secretary, Upadhyay has written articles and ran seminars to students on human resource management. 

I was fascinated to read about human resource management in Bhutan and the hydropower project examples provided there. Information on Nepal Civil Service and the associated HRM problems are also rich. Similarly, the book provides insights into economy, politics, culture, and I found this to be motivating for young readers. 

I suggest management students and professionals read this book. We all need to familiarise ourselves with the concept of workplace diversity, health and safety, rights and obligations, compensations, benefits etc. Readers should allocate enough time to understand each topic in its entirety. 

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