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By Bruce E. Kaufman

"Managing the Haman issue is a superb analytical historical past of the early twentieth-century emergence and improvement of human source administration as a special administration functionality and career that still identifies and offers a powerful tale approximately 3 founders of this uniqueness field."-David Lewin, Neil H. Jacoby Professor of administration, Human assets and Organizational habit, UCLA Anderson college of Management

"This booklet is a must-read for an individual within the box of strategic human source administration and business relatives. It files the precursors of trendy strategic HR, displaying that the sphere has a lot past roots than formerly proposal. a lot of brand new company HR 'innovations' have deep historic precedents. Bruce Kaufman's quantity is either simply obtainable and exhaustive-its robust review chapters are punctuated through wealthy case reviews of significant U.S. businesses because the overdue 19th century, and it presents very good fabric for undergraduate and graduate classes in our field."-Rose Batt, Cornell collage

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Cornell University Press, . ppg=36 Copyright © Cornell University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. Early Hum an R esource M anagem ent: Issues an d T hem es 23 so companies tried to smooth production by building inventory in slack peri­ ods and giving customers lower prices or rebates for off-peak orders. Another source of employment instability came from the business cycle, made evident to all by the torrid labor turnover and wage inflation set off by the World War I boom economy and massive layoffs and wage cuts that followed in the de­ pression of 1 9 2 0 -2 1 (and Great Depression starting in 1929).

All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. Early Hum an R esource M anagem ent: Literature R eview 37 Since then business and labor historians have started to fill in this knowl­ edge gap. The two most authoritative book-length treatments of early H R M are Daniel Nelson, M anagers a n d W orkers: O rigins o f the Tw entieth C entury F a cto ry System in th e U nited States, 1 8 8 0 -1 9 2 0 , and Sanford Jacoby, E m ­ ploy in g B u reau cracy: M anagers, U nions, a n d the T ran sform ation o f W ork in the 2 0 th C entury .

10 Also available are studies of individual employer H R M practices during the 1920s. 11 Historians do not speak with one voice on the welfare capitalist period: some fall on the modestly positive side, but others— probably the majority— on the mixed-to-negative side, and all agree that the record is highly checkered. 12 His assessment highlights a number specific advances and accomplishments but nonetheless concludes that in the big pic­ ture, welfare capitalism was a critically flawed project with scant chance of long-term success.

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