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Human Resources from an Organizational Behavior Perspective: Some Paradoxes Explained

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Workplaces in America and elsewhere show pervasive job dissatisfaction, distrust, and disengagement, with the evidence suggesting that these problems are getting worse and have a number of negative consequences for employers as well as employees. What follows is a necessarily selective exploration of human resource management in organizations, covering why it is often done so badly, what theory suggests about how to do it better, and why so little of what is known is actually implemented.

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  • Jeffrey Pfeffer, 2007. "Human Resources from an Organizational Behavior Perspective: Some Paradoxes Explained," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 21(4), pages 115-134, Fall.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:21:y:2007:i:4:p:115-134 Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.21.4.115
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