This important new book addresses the concepts and principles of career planning and management in a contemporary context. Acknowledging the often-cited motto of many organizations, that people are their most important assets, this book explores systematic ways of retaining and developing talented people. It is ideal for students of HRM or at MBA level taking a module on career management. Additionally, it is of great interest to consultants, HR managers and individuals wishing to develop their career. Key reasons to read this book: Comprehensive and innovative coverage of this fast developing subject is of importance to both the individual and the organization. The theory of managing careers is integrated into both traditional and contemporary management thinking. Thought-provoking pedagogy provides an interactive experience for the reader. An international outlook offers a realistic view of the world of work. Dr Yehuda Baruch is a Reader in HRM and OB at the University of East Anglia, UK, and formerly a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA, and a Visiting Research Fellow at London Business School."This is a masterful pulling together of the available knowledge about career research and practice, written in a lively and practical manner. All people who have, plan to have, or study careers could profit from reading this book." Douglas T. Hall, Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Management, Boston University, USA "The management of careers is a critical issue for both individuals and organizations these days. This work provides a much needed textbook that can be of great help to instructors, students, managers and practitioners, and to everyone who is or will be in employment. Baruch, a well-known careers scholar himself, manages to achieve the balance between maintaining high academic standards and providing a useful resource for non-specialists." Nikos Bozionelos PhD CPsychol, Senior Lecturer, HRM Department, Strathclyde Business School "This is a very interesting and challenging book. It is a valuable addition to the subject area." Dr Sharon Clarke, Lecturer in Organizational Psychology, Manchester School of Management, UMISTBaruch, Yehuda is the author of 'Managing Careers Theory & Practice', published 2004 under ISBN 9780273678007 and ISBN 0273678000.