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We are not human resources or human capital. We are human beings.

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 May 2012



We are not human resources or human capital. We are human beings.
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 143
Posted DateSunday 27 May 2012 14:39 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/henry-mintzberg/the-problem-is ... 
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CategoriesHuman Resources
PeopleHenry Mintzberg 

I think you know how much I dislike the term "human Resources" - its only marginally better than that awful term "human capital". I have written about it before.

I do hope you realise that it was Catbert, Dilbert's evil feline Human Resources director, who invented the term human capital back in 2002 :-)


Henry Mintzberg sums it up very nicely in this article The Problem Is Enterprise.

An enterprise is a community of human beings, not a collection of "human resources".

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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