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The Changing Role of the Human Resource Profession in the Asia Pacific Region - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780857094759, 9780857094766

The Changing Role of the Human Resource Profession in the Asia Pacific Region

1st Edition

Authors: Jayantee Saha Chris Rowley
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857094759
eBook ISBN: 9780857094766
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 15th November 2014
Page Count: 156
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Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Dave Ulrich
  • Foreword by Peter Cappelli
  • Foreword by Prabir Jha
  • Acknowledgements
  • About the author
  • 1. Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Why focus on the region?
    • Focus industries and changing role of HR
    • Research and methods
    • Structure of the book
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Note
  • 2. Six major industries: An overview
    • Introduction
    • Tourism and hospitality industry
    • Retail industry
    • Healthcare industry
    • Education industry
    • Security industry
    • Energy industry
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Notes
  • 3. Changing HR landscapes across the region
    • Introduction
    • Labour market efficiency in a knowledge-based economy and the role HR plays
    • Like it or loathe it: HR landscapes are changing across the region
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Note
  • 4. Best HR practices: Insider view
    • Introduction
    • Tourism and hospitality industry
    • Retail industry
    • Healthcare industry
    • Education
    • Energy
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Notes
  • 5. The role of human resources in sustaining the growth of industries
    • Introduction
    • How are our focus industries faring in the face of key HR challenges?
    • Can HR be a game changer in sustaining industry growth?
    • PROACT to sustain
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Notes
  • 6. Conclusion
    • Introduction
    • Content overview
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Index


The human resource (HR) profession has been on a long and challenging journey. Globalisation and sweeping policy changes have re-defined and re-aligned HR and its role. It is important for HR professionals to develop and become innovators in their respective industries. The Changing Role of the Human Resource Profession in the Asia Pacific Region is based on case-studies of retail, tourism, healthcare, security, education, and energy, spread across the greater Asia Pacific (AP) region. The book rests on the principle of the laws of attraction, that ‘thoughts become things’ and argues that acknowledging good human resource policies and practices can be a key influence on all aspects of an organisation. After an introduction, five chapters cover key topics: six major industries; changing HR practices across the AP; an insider’s view on best practices; the role of HR in sustaining growth across the AP; and a conclusion looking towards the future of HR in the Asian Pacific Region.

Key Features

  • Based on real and contemporary case studies with a focus on six industries (Retail, Tourism, Healthcare, Security, Education and Energy) spread across the Greater AP region
  • Highlights industry specific key HR challenges and suggests ways forward
  • Records recent developments


Human Resource professionals and managers, Management Consultants, Management Consultancies and Management Research companies. 


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About the Authors

Jayantee Saha

Jayantee Mukherjee Saha is Director and Principal Consultant of Aei4eiA Pty Ltd. Aei4eiA is a Sydney-based management/policy research and consultancy firm focusing on 'People and Sustainability' matters. She has extensive experience in the fields of business strategies, management/policy research, people management & organisational development. She has held senior positions with professional bodies and academic institutions and works closely with Government/public sector agencies, MNCs/SMEs, global bodies and academic institutions spread across the Asia Pacific and the UK. Jayantee regularly contributes to forums, been invited columnist in leading HR/business magazines in the APAC region and has over 50 publications, including three books, to her credit. She has received many awards and her work has been widely acclaimed by practitioners and scholars alike.

Affiliations and Expertise

Aei4eiA, Australia

Chris Rowley

Professor Chris Rowley has affiliations at IHCR, Korea University, Korea and IBAS, Griffith University, Australia as well as IAPS, Nottingham University, UK and Cass Business School, City University, London, UK and has been a Korea Foundation Research Fellow. He is Editor of the journals Asia Pacific Business Review and Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management and also Series Editor of the Working in Asia and Asian Studies book series. He has given a range of talks and lectures to universities and companies internationally, with research and consultancy experience with unions, business and government. He has published widely in the area of Human Resource Management and Asian business, with over 500 articles, books and chapters and practitioner pieces as well as being interviewed and quoted in a range of practitioner reports and magazines, radio and newspapers globally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professorial Fellow, Institute of Hallyu Convergence Research, Korea University, Korea, Adjunct Professor, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia Visiting Fellow, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, Nottingham University, UK and Professor, Cass Business School, City University, London, UK