Evolution of Personnel Management

2984 Words Sep 17th, 2010 12 Pages

1. Introduction

2. Objectives

3. Main contents

4. Origin of personnel management

5. Evolution of personnel management

6. Definition of personnel management

7. How Human Resource Management emerged in a chronological order

8. Conclusion

9. Summary

10. References and other resources

By the end of this unit you should be able to: * Define personnel management * Identify its origin * Trace its evolution over time * Show how Resource Management has emerged in a chronological manner


Many concepts and terms in the management sciences have slightly varying definitions depending upon who is defining them. Personnel management, which is our
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Further, if any workman attended a meeting called for the purpose of plotting such extortions, or if he urged any other workman to attend such a meeting, or if he gave aid to the family of any worker convicted for attending such a meeting, then he was likewise liable to three months jail (Maynard, Top Management Hand Book P.62).
Today, however, because of civilization, better laws pertaining to trade unions, the works of management scholars such as Douglas McGregor, Abraham Maslow, etc, the human side of enterprises by which we mean personnel management has reached a stage far above its origin of slavery and repression. By the 1900, welfare officers (sometimes called 'welfare secretaries') came into being This creation was a reaction to the harshness of industrial conditions, coupled with pressures arising from the extension of the franchise, the influence of trade unions and the labour movement, and the campaigning of enlightened employers, often Quakers, for what was called 'industrial betterment'.
There was some ambiguity about their role as it grew; an ambiguity which this factsheet will show, is often present in the personnel role and which has not diminished over the years. On the one hand, there was the assertion of a paternalistic relationship between employers and (female) employees and the aim of moral protection of women and children. On the other, there were the

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