Human Resource Essay example

3782 Words May 17th, 2014 16 Pages
OWT.223

2013

ADDITIONAL NOTES

HOW DID HRM BEGIN? M ANAGEMENT IN THE 1970S AND 1980S:
THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE EMERGENCE OF ‘HR M’ AS WE
KNOW IT
Human Resource Management has developed its original programme in the 1980s, it has
expanded and consolidated its agenda in the 1990s, and it has been flourishing explosively in
the dozen years since the turn of the millennium (the 2000s so far). We will try to understand
the conditions of possibility for the rise of HRM in terms of cultural background, economic and
political conditions, and social transformations in North Atlantic societies at the end of the 20th
century and the beginning of the 21st. HRM’s evolution over time shows that it has become
intensified, that it has
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Should work become part of life in more meaningful ways, or
should management continue to address work as a mechanical contract in which the ‘employee’
(including managers themselves) is expected to all personal baggage aside? These questions
found themselves asked in new contexts.
Management systems of Western organisations could no longer cope with the different facets of
the downturn in productivity and competitiveness. The ‘Japanese miracle’ turned the economic
world order on its head. The atmosphere in the US and UK was marked by a pincer movement
against trade unions (clearly marked in the UK) on the one hand, and by explicit calls from
figures such as Margaret Thatcher for managers to reclaim the ‘right to manage’ on the other.
As Len Collinson (Managing Director of Financial Times) voiced this predicament on the 5th of
January 1981:
“Managers for twenty years have had a buffeting and beating from government and
unions and we have been put in a can’t win situation…we have an opportunity now that
will last for two or three years. Then the unions will get themselves together again; and
government, like all government, will run out of steam. So grab it now. We had a
pounding and we are all fed up with it. I think it would be fair to say that it’s almost a
vengeance.”
We chose this expression of that particular moment because its tone is so aggressive and so
uncompromising. Reading such passages may give…

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