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The Development of HRM in Historical and International Perspective

Bruce E. Kaufman

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547029
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199547029.003.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 The Development of HRM in Historical and International Perspective

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The human resource function in the business enterprise has its origins in the rise of modern industry in the late nineteenth century. This article provides a survey of its historical development both as a functional area of management practice and as an area of research and teaching in universities. Although, for reasons to be described, the bulk of attention is on the United States, The article endeavors to put the subject in an international context. Also provided is an account of the field's progress, shortcomings, and controversies.

Keywords: HRM development; human resource function; business enterprise; management practice; United States; modern industry

Article.  12940 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Human Resource Management ; Business History ; International Business

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