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1st Edition

Human Resources or Human Capital?
Managing People as Assets

ISBN 9781138253544
Published October 11, 2016 by Routledge
356 Pages

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Book Description

Are people really an organisation's most important asset? Not necessarily; some may be liabilities - but others are the most important drivers of value that an organisation has. But...who are they? How do you know? How can you maximise the value they have and the value they provide? Finding the answers to questions like these is what human capital management is about. Whether public or private, successful achievement depends first on the capability of people, and secondly on their commitment and productivity. Andrew Mayo's Human Resources or Human Capital? discusses how you can ensure the most effective management of these value creating assets. The first part of the book also shows how to create an integrated framework of measures that can become an integral part of the organisation's performance management - and how companies have done this in practice. Part Two shows how to do this strategically and successfully, and how HR can be a serious and credible 'Business Partner', enabling managers to achieve their goals through their people and adding real value to all the stakeholders of the organisation.



Andrew Mayo spent 30 years in large international organisations in a variety of roles, latterly in HR and HR Development. He is Professor of Human Capital Management at Middlesex University Business School, and has been rated by Human Resources magazine consistently amongst the 'top thinkers' in HR. His first books were 'Managing Careers' and 'The Power of Learning' (jointly with Elisabeth Lank, and rated by Carol Kennedy of The Director as 'the best book around on the learning organisation'). His 'Creating a Learning and Development Strategy', first published in 1998, remains a standard CIPD textbook, and in 2001 'The Human Value of the Enterprise' was the culmination of many years' thinking about the challenge of measures for human capital. This was a prequel to the current book. Andrew is a regular writer, speaker and consultant on strategic issues in people management.


'Andrew Mayo has unique, integrated, and insightful observations on human capital (people) and human resources (the department). His recent book is a marvelous summary and extension of latest thinking about defining, measuring, and improving both human capital and human resources. It offers business leaders perspectives and visions for HR investments and it offers HR professionals tools and actions to make wise HR investments.' Dave Ulrich, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, USA and Partner, The RBL Group ’For several decades Andrew Mayo has been at the forefront of thinking about ’hard’ human resource management issues, the strategic, business and economic questions. His latest book Human Resources or Human Capital? displays all his customary strengths. It is clearly written and comprehensive in approach...’ Martyn Sloman, Training Journal 'This book is the most comprehensive and practical guide to date to creating organisational value through people. Andrew takes us on a well-structured, systematic journey from different approaches to measuring human capital. This provides an excellent foundation for targeted and relevant people strategy development through to the critical roles and skills required for HR professionals to add real value effectively. A real contribution to HR professional development.' Tim Miller, Director, Property, Research & Assurance ’...the book has considerably succeeded in addressing a significant area in strategic HRM. It has been written mainly for HR practitioners with substantial focus on how-to-prescriptions. The book delineates a valuable roadmap for implementing the conception of HCM; and has devised appropriate HCM measures. It will be helpful for those involved in the designing and implementation of change management processes too...’ Debi S. Sani, Vision Journal