The main purpose of this Human Resource Management (HRM) Glossary is to offer basic explanations of the terms related to the management of people in the public sector. It is a joint CIDS/NATO publication. The aim is to provide managers and other employees in the public sector with quick and reliable reference material. Individuals outside the public sector, like those who come from civil society organisations or media, will probably also find the content useful in their own work and interaction with public institutions.

The Glossary should be considered a living document. Public sector HRM is an evolving field and many of the entries here are subject to different views and interpretations. In that sense, this publication represents CIDS’ take on the selected terms.

You can find the report on the Other Publications page under the tab ‘Guides & Tools’.