Perspectives on the Historical Evolution of the People Side of Business

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Names: Christiansen, Bryan, 1960-, editor. | Chandan, Harish C., 1947-,
Title: Handbook of research on organizational culture and diversity in the
modern workforce / Bryan Christiansen and Harish C. Chandan, editors.
Description: Hershey : Business Science Reference, [2017-] | Includes
bibliographical references (p. ) and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2016057381| ISBN 9781522522508 (hardcover) | ISBN
9781522522515 (ebook)
Subjects: LCSH: Psychology, Industrial. | Diversity in the
workplace--Management. | Marketing--Psychological aspects.
Classification: LCC HF5548.8 .H2654 2017 | DDC 158.7--dc23 LC record available at
This book is published in the IGI Global book series Advances in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development
(AHRMOD) (ISSN: 2327-3372; eISSN: 2327-3380)
Determining the direction of where a field is headed often requires a reflection of its founding principles,
the transformations it has endured, and the driving forces that shape its existence. For the past century
the world has experienced evolutions in technology, business, and education. This chapter provides a
historical review of the practices and professions dedicated to the people side of business. The origins
of Personnel Management are discussed where the department formed to meet workforce needs. A transformation
to Human Resource Management is explored with an examination of the influence of professional
societies on practice. The reflection of the progression of this field of practice ends with a list of
challenges facing Industrial Organizational Psychology practitioners of the future. A recommendation
to rethink the employer-employee relationship with the workforce of tomorrow closes the chapter and
hopefully encourages human resource professionals, I/O professionals, and their professional societies
to embrace the next requisite transformation.
This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Marianne Greenfield, PhD
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Handbook of Research on Organizational Culture and Diversity in the Modern Workforce
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Friday, April 14, 2017
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Hershey, PA
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ISSN: 2327-3372; eISSN: 2327-3380
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Harish Chandon, PhD
Bryan Christiansen
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