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Revista Mal Estar e Subjetividade

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RAMOS, Flávio  and  JANUARIO, Sérgio Saturnino. People management: an epistemological approach. Rev.Mal-Estar Subj [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.1-2, pp. 299-330. ISSN 1518-6148.

The changes that have taken place in the production of scientific knowledge in recent years have led to creative opportunities and paradigmatic changes in the areas of knowledge, science, research, intervention on social groups, and theoretical proposals. This work presents some reflections on the debate surrounding what is known as people management in the world of organizations, and the constitution of the area of knowledge, as a theoretical field and as a social practice that has, historically, been built based on a rational, objective and regulatory view of individuals in organizations. This article therefore constitutes a theoretical assay, based on concepts, arguments and authors who have attempted to define, more precisely, the scope of organizational studies, based on two theoretical constructions: reductionist and systemic complexities. This work seeks to understand the theoretical formulations, investigating the concepts of people management within organizational studies, based on epistemological reflections. The main field of this theoretical assay is focused on understanding the people management process, and some of its more well-known practices, such as performance appraisal, strategic remuneration, management by skills and competencies, and the contradictory concepts that exist in the field of organizational learning. People management appears to reflect the organizational ambiguities and paradoxes. It seeks to understand the ways in which authors produce differences and similarities in these theoretical formulations, investigating the concepts of society and environment associated with organizational studies, and the form in which people management is understood as a reductionist science.

Keywords : personnel management; scientific knowledge; performance evaluation; management based on competence.

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