The Development of Human Resources

The Development of Human Resources

The Development of Human Resources

The Development of Human Resources

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This book has been developed for the explicit purpose of providing scholars and students the opportunity of finding in one place the essential results of our efforts, extending over more than three decades, to explore the field of human resources.

The structure of this book can be briefly described. The Foreword and the Afterword seek to set our efforts within the framework of scholarly inquiry and to suggest a few of the links between research and policy. Each of the major sections of the book is preceded by a brief introduction.

The heart of the book is composed of nineteen chapters selected from fifteen of our earlier works. They are reprinted here substantially without change except for the updating of certain statistics in which I was assisted by Mrs. Roberta Handwerger. In some instances the original titles of the chapters have been adapted to our purpose here.

The bibliography lists the volumes from which these selections were drawn and lists the many members of the Conservation of Human Resources project at Columbia University who have been my collaborators in research. The Conservation project and its predecessors have been structured on an interdisciplinary basis, and the current staff includes representatives from the following disciplines: economics, sociology, psychology, history, education, and business.

I should like to note especially my deep indebtedness to my friend and collaborator, John L. Herma, who has played a major role in our work since he first joined us two decades ago, particularly in the design and execution of our several developmental studies.

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