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This assignment traces the history of Human Resource Management from the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century to present times.

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  • Essay length: 1577 words
  • Submitted: 13/01/2005
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GCSE People in Business

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION. 2

A HISTORICAL REVIEW. 2

THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION 2

ADAM SMITH. 2

TRADE UNIONS. 3

FREDERICK WINSLOW TAYLOR. 4

THE HAWTHORNE STUDIES 5

THE HUMAN RELATIONS MOVEMENT 5

CONTEMPORARY HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 6

CONCLUSION 6

REFERENCES 7

INTRODUCTION.

This assignment traces the history of Human Resource Management from the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century to present times.

The assignment discusses key periods and movements in this field and expands on their contribution to modern Human Resource Management.

In discussing the history of Human Resources Management it is important to offer a definition of the subject. Human Resource Management can be described as "The comprehensive set of managerial activities and tasks concerned with developing and maintaining a qualified workforce - human resources - in ways that contribute to organisational effectiveness." (DeNisi and Griffin, 2004)

A HISTORICAL REVIEW.

The Industrial Revolution.

The momentum for the industrial revolution grew through the 17th century. Agricultural methods were continually improving, creating surpluses that were used for trade. In addition, technical advances were also occurring, for example the Spinning Jenny and the

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