This book is all that we have learned as practitioners and instructors in our combined journey as HRM professionals and instructors. We have tried to keep the book simple, for students, practitioners and instructors.
We acknowledge with thanks the encouragement provided by the managements of FORE School of Management and IMT Ghaziabad towards the completion of this book.
We had several rounds of enriching discussions with several practitioners and academicians and we will be failing in our duty if we do not acknowledge their contribution. K. S. Sethi, Dean, MDI and former professor at IIM Calcutta; Santrupt Mishra, Director, Aditya Birla Group of Industries; D. N. Pandey, Professor, British University, Dubai; M. K. Kushwaha, Director, Army Institute of Management; A. K. Malkani, Professor, Ranchi University; and B. D. Singh, Director, KRIBHCO have helped enhance the book. We would also like to express our thanks to A. K. Sinha, President–HR (Aluminium Group) and K. K. L. Das, Chief People's Officer at the Aditya Birla Group of Industries. A. K. Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, Amrapali Group has been a source of immense inspiration to us for which we are grateful to him.
We also acknowledge the reviewers who made valuable suggestions and critical comments, which helped in polishing the manuscript further. We wish to thank the members of the consultant board for their timeless dedication and commitment—Aijaaz Mattoo, Dean, School of Business Studies, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kumar Mohit Spring, Professor, Xavier Institute of Social Service and Nandini Bajaj, Assistant Professor, Sri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain College of Engineering, Bangalore. The consultant board's critical analysis of each chapter and their feedback on the entire book helped us create a lucid and student-friendly text.
Thanks are due to the staff of Pearson Education, particularly to Praveen Tiwari and Soma Banerjee, whose unstinted support, encouragement, help and faith made the book possible. Their patience and faith has been extraordinary.
P. N. Singh