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Hired Hands Or Human Resources?

Hired Hands Or Human Resources? Author : Bruce E. Kaufman
Publisher : Cornell University Press
Pub Date : 2010
Page : 254
Language : en
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In a companion volume to Managing the Human Factor, also from Cornell, Bruce E. Kaufman shows how American firms transitioned from the traditional “hired hand” model of human resource management (HRM) to the modern “human resources” version popular today. Kaufman illuminates through fifteen detailed case studies the structure and operation of HRM programs and practices across a diverse range of American business firms spanning the fifty years from 1880 to 1930.

Nine of the fifteen case studies in Hired Hands or Human Resources? examine HRM before World War I and document the highly informal, decentralized, externalized, and sometimes harsh nature of the people-management practices of that era. The remaining six span the Welfare Capitalism decade of the 1920s and reveal the marked transformation to a more progressive and professional model of personnel practice at some companies, along with continued reliance on the traditional model at others.

Kaufman gained access to the richly detailed audits of company HRM programs prepared during the 1920s by Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc., and draws upon this trove of information to present the most in-depth, up-close evidence available of how companies of this period managed their employees and how the practice of HRM evolved and developed. Hired Hands or Human Resources? features new insights into key subjects such as the strategic versus tactical nature of early HRM, alternative models of workforce governance used in these years, and the reasons some companies created autonomous HRM departments.


Hired Hands Or Human Resources


Author by : Bruce E. Kaufman
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2010
Publisher by : Cornell University Press


Description : In a companion volume to Managing the Human Factor, also from Cornell, Bruce E. Kaufman shows how American firms transitioned from the traditional "hired hand" model of human resource management (HRM)...

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Industrial Relations To Human Resources And Beyond


Author by : Bruce E. Kaufman
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2003
Publisher by : M.E. Sharpe


Description : This collection examines the evolution of the philosophy and practice of human resource management (HRM) and industrial relations (IR) over the twentieth century. By combining history, contemporary pr...

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From Higher Aims To Hired Hands


Author by : Rakesh Khurana
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2010-03-22
Publisher by : Princeton University Press


Description : Is management a profession? Should it be? Can it be? This major work of social and intellectual history reveals how such questions have driven business education and shaped American management and soc...

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Managing The Human Factor


Author by : Bruce E. Kaufman
Languange Used : en
Release Date : 2008
Publisher by : Cornell University Press


Description : Human resource departments are key components in the people management system of nearly every medium-to-large organization in the industrial world. They provide a wide range of essential services rela...

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