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The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First

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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 current conventional wisdom is wrong and asks us to re-think the way managers link people ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 30th 1998 by Harvard Business Review Press (first published January 1998)
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Catherine Robertson
It's a tragedy that most businesses don't know sense when they read it
Carlos Wulf
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Muy buen libro para los profesionales que se dedican al management o a los recursos humanos. Mucha lógica que por obvia se olvida. Lo recomiendo
Mark Muckerman
Oct 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
In a word: Horrible. By the end of the Introduction I was hoping we'd soon find an iceberg to smash into and die.

While not a sexy or engaging topic to begin with, the author does a commendable job of taking dry material and dehydrating it to shoe leather. Whatever nuggets of insight may be in this book, they're deeply and successfully buried in pontificating academic gibberish, delivering a work that required more effort to find insight than the labor is worth.

Certainly not helped by fact that
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Shingai
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Good information especially for those in business. Maybe if some of the business people in business believed in this philosophy the economy might be better.
Ed van der Winden
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I believe and like Pfeffer. This is a researcher who uses his mind and his heart in equal measures. However, I wonder if everybody will be easily convinced by his arguments and examples.
Madhu
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Strong case for convergence model of HRM
Jo
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An alternative view for HR management that is very appropriate in these days of lay-offs and furloughs.
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Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books including The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First; Managing with Power; The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action; Hidden Value: How Great ...more