Conceived by Chris Grey and written to get you thinking, the "Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap" series offers an informal, conversational, accessible yet sophisticated and critical overview of what you find in conventional textbooks. Engaging and entertaining in equal measure, this is a book about work, the people who do it and the way they are managed (and mis-managed). The book's six chapters draw on current research to provide a critical and reflective overview of the key debates in human resource management (HRM), including: the nature of HRM; is HRM strategic; putting it all into practice; pay and performance; the dark side of HRM: redundancy and discrimination; and does HRM work? Raising issues that are often neglected in typical HRM texts, such as stress and unemployment, this book has an appreciation of the realities of work, workers and the communities that are affected by HRM policy and practice. Irena Grugulis is a well known and respected name in the field whose wit and thought-provoking style make this book an authoritative yet accessible read.