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What is Professional Societies

Handbook of Research on Organizational Culture and Diversity in the Modern Workforce
Usually a nonprofit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.
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Perspectives on the Historical Evolution of the People Side of Business
Marianne Greenfield (Argosy University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2250-8.ch001
Determining the direction of where a field is headed often requires a reflection of its founding principles, the transformations it has endured, and the driving forces that shape its existence. For the past century the world has experienced evolutions in technology, business, and education. This chapter provides a historical review of the practices and professions dedicated to the people side of business. The origins of Personnel Management are discussed where the department formed to meet workforce needs. A transformation to Human Resource Management is explored with an examination of the influence of professional societies on practice. The reflection of the progression of this field of practice ends with a list of challenges facing Industrial Organizational Psychology practitioners of the future. A recommendation to rethink the employer-employee relationship with the workforce of tomorrow closes the chapter and hopefully encourages human resource professionals, I/O professionals, and their professional societies to embrace the next requisite transformation.
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