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Personnel Management in Government Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations- (Value Pack W/Mysearchlab) Hardcover – Jan 14 2009
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From the Back Cover
Dresang, Dennis L., Public Personnel Management and Public Policy, 4th Edition*\ The latest edition of this highly praised book retains the characteristics that have made it a success: an accessible writing style, and an abundance of practical exercises and real life case studies. With an increased inclusion of research findings, this updated text continues to elucidate policy issues and professional practice in personnel administration at every level of government-state, local, and federal. For those interested in public personnel management and human resource administration. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Dennis Dresang is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Political Science and founding director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on state politics, public personnel management, and community issues. He has contributed to public service in a variety of ways: directing a research and public service seminar of La Follette School students examining community health issues and youth violence, chairing two major gubernatorial task forces, and serving on numerous tribal and local government commissions on human resource management issues.--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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I think the previous reviewer overstated the perceived gender biases and comments but they are not as strong as the reviewer makes them out to be. Honestly, the reviewer missed the meat of the book and hamstrung themselves on their own issues, ignoring why the book exsists.
The book begins with introducing personnel management in govt, necessity and concepts/theories. Moves into historical background of political patronage, into merit system, Pendelton Act and Civil Rights Acts of 64, 78. Then into personnel rights, rights of management, theories of productivity and motivation (Maslow, etc) Then it explores most importantly the concept of HR planning, integrating into budgets and strategic planning (something I wouldnt have considered) and their reliance on one another (probably the best part of the book)
It delves into performance evaluation, hiring practices, affirmative action and equal employment rules/regulations (not specific, general) employee needs, and collective bargaining.
In this day/age of contracting and unions, being able as a public manager to manage HR to the point that the mission is getting done and people are happy and productive, is probably one of the most important things we can do when working in the public sector.
The book is effective in its writing, uses real-world examples and yes, sometimes its biased in overstating the lack of women/minorities in some sectors, military issues and other things. But to focus on that over what the book intends to do is rather petty.
Only complaint? Price- $106 is steep for this but since its a textbook, things get rather inflated sometimes in that realm
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