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Hello, my name is Professor Rowley,
I'm the Director of the Centre for
Research on Asian Management, and
my interests are the development and
management of people over time and
Today what we're going to look at
is the development of people and
their management over time.
We'll cover this with an introduction,
five main themes, and
a conclusion looking at the future
of management of people.
These five sections are: 1) what it is,
2) its development and
traditions over time, 3) differences
from the past and these traditions,
4) rhetoric versus reality,
and 5) important context.
So firstly the introduction,
it's important to note the topic's
relevance and importance to business
today, as well as historically.
businesses are social organisations,
they comprise people,
they don't exist without people.
Of course, people are the organisation,
they're those key assets to operationalise
and achieve business strategies, to put
them into place and to operate them, and
organisational performance depends on
people's efforts and people's management.
Finally, the importance of the topic
can be seen in that every area and
aspect of management is influenced by how
people are managed, and how they perform.
A useful way of looking at this importance
is summed up in this very pithy
quote: "People are the only elements
with power to generate any value.
All the other variables in the business
offer nothing but inert potential.
By their nature,
they add nothing, without people,
those cannot be put into play or