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Managing Human Resources, 3rd Edition by Chloe Mailer, Alan Cowling

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Introduction

Alan Cowling

Financial resources can be managed, and are managed, to good effect. Physical and technological resources can likewise be managed to good effect and so can human resources. Human resources are composed of individuals working for an organisation, employed these days on a variety of contracts, some as ‘core’ long-term staff, some as temporary staff, some as contracted staff, but collectively making up the most important of an organisation’s resources. People are the only resource that can put financial, physical, and technological resources to best use. Managed well, success should follow; managed badly, failure will sooner or later result. To describe people as resources is not to dehumanise them, as some have asserted, ...

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