Unlocking Mandatory Intercourse : Human Resources Management

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Unlocking Mandatory Intercourse: Human Resources Management in the Post Bureaucratic Era

In this essay, I am going to argue that human resources will be maximised through a hybridisation process using pre-existing bureaucratic mechanisms in conjunction with post-bureaucratic practices. The overarching argument at hand is to determine whether these practices have changed for the better with management taking on post-bureaucratic methodologies. In section one, I draw on Schuler’s (1992) philosophy of human resources in conjunction with the relationship that ties human resources to bureaucratic and post-bureaucratic forms of control, as according to Barley & Kunda (1992), Bridgman, Garcia-Lorenzo & McKenna (2010) and Bardon, Josserand &
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Summarising my overall arguments in the conclusion, I exemplify the idea that a balance of bureaucratic and post-bureaucratic workflows will ultimately lead to human resources being maximised to optimal potential in accordance with the writings Clegg & Courpasson (2004) and Clegg, Josserand & Teo (2006).

Schuler (1992) relates the philosophy of human resources, to the role that people play in the overall success of a business. This leads to the overarching objective of human resources management being to first and foremost, maximise employee performance. Since the 1980s, a range of ideas indicating a shift of workplace practices to a post-bureaucratic standpoint has become more present. Barley & Kunda (1992) define the movement away from bureaucratic forms of control as a decrease of detailed rules, routines, and scripts guiding day-to-day work, that is, rational forms of control. On the other hand, post-bureaucratic practices carry humanistic values of autonomy, responsibility, flexibility, confidence, and trust that encourage people to be empowered and take on responsibilities (Bardon, Josserand & Villeseche 2012). The core principals of managing human resources in the post-bureaucratic era essentially stem from these values. Ultimately, with Western developed nations shifting the context of work away from the traditional bureaucratic form
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