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Human resources management .

As Matt Parry noted in his introduction to this report, the ESA Project has divided the concept of “Project Management” into six separate functions. Some of the function segments of this Report include short articles to explain the concensus and orientation of the project members as the function was developed. This first section on Human Resources Management, however, consists simply of a chart and glossary of terms. These materials are designed to bound the function and define the major topics which are considered significant parts of the function.


Human Resources Management is a perspective on people in organizations that attempts to address the issue of human resources at a strategic level. Hence, while it concerns itself with personnel and industrial relations functions, it tends to be more focused on broader and longer term issues.


PERSONNEL — A management sub-function involving the mechanics of dealing with the individual on a corporate or project level.

Policies — A basic set of project and/or corporate ground rules pertaining to people and their involvement with relation to the governing body.

Benefits — A series of compensation methods, protective measures, assurances beyond regular compensation.

Rewards — Pay, salaries, commissions, bonuses, etc.

Records — Personnel and government-related information concerning the people of an organization.

ORGANIZATION — The main group and its subgroups and its functional structure.

Strategy — The science and/or art of applying political, economic, psychological and other forces to afford maximum support of adopted policies.

Development — Plan of action to achieve the desired organization character.

Manpower Planning — Determining the requirements and necessary procedures.

Succession — A strategy to afford continuity.

Team Management — An organizational and functional technique to achieve compatibility within an organization.

INDIVIDUAL — A particular person.

Training — The learning process related to the individual's ability to handle a particular job.

Career Planning — The learning process related to the individual's long term progression.

Productivity — Ability to yield or furnish results, benefits, profits.

Teamwork — Subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole.

INDUSTRIAL — The field or class of endeavor.

Quality of Work or Place — Standard of living as related to the work and place.

Labor Relations — The art or science of dealing with class concerns.

Industrial Democracy — Involvement and expression of all members of an organization or class.

Sociotechnical Systems — Relating to or involving a combination of social and technical factors.

Human Resources Management

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A Complete Annotated Bibliography of the Project Management Quarterly from its Inception, 1969, through 1980.

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