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Quicklook at Human Resources by Janet Tapsell

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Chapter Two: The development of HR

The management of people is a very different matter from organising inanimate objects, such as machines on a production line. It is now seen as important to take account of social, cultural, educational and economic factors, since these all impact on the pool of people available and the way in which they behave. The interaction between people is important. Most groups or teams need balance. It is rarely a good idea for all members to have the same characteristics.

These considerations have applied from the dawn of civilisation. The building of Stonehenge or the Pyramids would have been impossible without a high degree of organisation. In addition to determining who did what and when, this would have involved ...

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