Introduction: managing people in a contemporary context
Across the globe all nations are facing unprecedented economic challenges. In developed and developing economies, the recession which began in the West in 2008 has had an impact which is far reaching. The people who work in organizations and those who manage them have borne the brunt of the changes which have ensued. At the same time, new technologies and changes to society which were already occurring have been creating a new context in which organizations of all sizes and in all sectors have sought to operate successfully. This backdrop raises questions about how those responsible for managing human resources can overcome the new challenges, in order that their organizations can prosper into the future. That is the subject of this book.