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Fundamentals of Human Resources Management, Fourth Edition by Diane Arthur

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1The Human Resources Function: An Overview

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Outline the history of personnel/human resources.

• Identify the qualities recommended for today’s successful HR practitioner.

• Prepare to address various human resources challenges.

• Determine when to establish a human resources function.

• Differentiate between the HR function in small and mid-sized versus large organizations.

• Distinguish between the respective responsibilities of HR specialists and non-HR practitioners.

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