Empowerment: HR Strategies for Service Excellence


  • Conrad Lashley, Professor of Leisure Retailing, Centre for Leisure Retailing, Nottingham Business School, UK

'Empowerment: HR strategies for service excellence' shows managers and students the importance of empowerment as part of human resource strategy. It provides a critical perspective of this established vital management technique, identifying factors that will lead to a win: win situation for all concerned.When successfully incorporated as part of HR strategy, empowerment can:* enable organizations to gain commercial and competitive advantage* become more flexible* improve employee commitment* use the skills of individual employees to best advantage and enhance personal capabilities.'Empowerment: HR strategies for service excellence' uses case studies from companies such as McDonalds, TGI Fridays and Harvester Restaurants to build a picture of empowerment of service employees in context, illustrating how different forms of empowerment are employed and different working arrangements are practiced.
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3rd year undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and practitioners specializing in tourism and hospitality.Those specializing in generic business studies and HRM.


Book information

  • Published: June 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-5244-5

Table of Contents

Employee empowerment: a framework of analysis; The psychology of empowerment; The relational dimension of empowerment; Forms of empowerment through participation; Forms of empowerment through involvement; Forms of empowerment through commitment; Forms of empowerment through delayering; Changes in working arrangements; Feeling empowered; Improved business performance; Empowerment and service quality management; Employment strategy and the service organization; Empowerment: another flash in the panaceas?