Cover

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pp. 1-2

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 3-8

Contents

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pp. vii-10

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

I started my academic career in the late 1970s as a more-or-less traditional labor economist, but then a decade later started to become interested in the historical side of the subject. A major impetus came in 1989 when I was asked to teach a new course entitled “Evolution of Thought and Practice in Personnel and Employment...

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1. Early Human Resource Management: Issues and Themes

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pp. 1-35

This book chronicles the birth and early development of what was originally called personnel management (PM) and industrial relations (IR), but which today is widely known as human resource management (HRM). HRM and its predecessors have an intellectual and vocational side: in the former case...

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2. Early Human Resource Management: Literature Review

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pp. 36-54

A brief review of the existing literature on the birth and early development of HRM helps put this study in context and highlights important issues and contributions. Well-regarded works by historians are considered first since they are the most substantive and in-depth on the subject. Following next are...

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3. The Roots of the Human Resource Management Function

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pp. 55-135

The birth, emergence, and early development of a formalized, autonomous human resource management function in American industry occurred over a roughly half-century period, beginning in the early to mid-1880s and extending through the mid to late 1920s. Since the story is complex and lengthy, I split it...

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4. The Emergence of the Human Resource Management Function

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pp. 136-198

Chapter 3 described the early roots of the HRM function, including the Labor Problem and ten other developments or movements emanating from it that in various ways sought to bring greater order, rationality, and fairness to the management of labor. This chapter resumes the story, starting in about...

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5. Human Resource Management in Prosperity and Depression

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pp. 199-279

From 1918 to 1920 several hundred American companies created a personnel/industrial relations department to administer and coordinate labor management. These departments were a new and untried innovation, born in the hot house political and economic conditions of World War I and its immediate...

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Conclusion: Insights and Implications

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pp. 280-306

Having surveyed a half-century of development in early human resource management, it is now time to conclude with a brief summary of insights and implications. Many of these findings and implications are of interest to both academic and nonacademic readers; several, however, are specifically addressed...

Notes

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pp. 307-364

Index

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pp. 365-376

About the Author

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pp. 377-393