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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

 


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We are not human resources or human capital. We are human beings.
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
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 :-)

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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".





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