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The Human Equation : Building Profits by Putting People First - Jeffrey Pfeffer

The Human Equation

Building Profits by Putting People First

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Published: 30th January 1998
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Why is Common Sense so Uncommon when it comes to managing people? How is it that so many seemingly intelligent organizations implement harmful management practices and ideas? In his provocative new book, The Human Equation, bestselling author Jeffrey Pfeffer examines why much of the conventional wisdom is wrong and asks us to rethink the way managers link people with organizational performance.

Pfeffer masterfully builds a powerful business case for managing people effectively -- not just because it makes for good corporate policy, but because it results in outstanding performance and profits. Challenging current thinking and practice, Pfeffer
-- Reveals the costs of downsizing -- and provides alternatives.
-- Identifies troubling trends in compensation and suggests better practices.
-- Explains why even the smartest managers sometimes manage people unwisely.
-- Demonstrates how market-based forces can fail to foster good people management practices, creating a need for positive public policy.
-- Provides practical guidelines for implementing high-performance management practices.

Filled with information and ideas, The Human Equation provides much-needed guidance for managing people more wisely -- and more profitably.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
People-Centered Management and Organizational Success
Looking for Success in All the Wrong Placesp. 3
The Business Case for Managing People Rightp. 31
Seven Practices of Successful Organizationsp. 64
Aligning Business Strategy and Management Practicesp. 99
Barriers to Implementing Performance Knowledge: How Conventional Wisdom is Wrong
Ten Reasons Why Smart Organizations Sometimes Do Dumb Thingsp. 131
The "New Employment Contract" and the Virtual Work Forcep. 161
How Common Approaches to Pay Cause Problemsp. 195
Can You Manage with Unions?p. 225
Market Failures and the Role of Public Policy in Producing Profits Through Peoplep. 252
People, Profits, and Perspectivep. 292
Notesp. 307
Indexp. 331
About the Authorp. 346
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ISBN: 9780875848419
ISBN-10: 0875848419
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th January 1998
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.74