Human Resource

Traditional use of the term human resource refers to employees - human beings employed by the enterprise to do work.  Here we're encouraging the separation of concerns between actual human beings (who we're calling individuals) and the resource aspect of what the enterprise needs.  The resource side of this equation looks at skills, knowledge, attitudes, capabilities, and experience that are required to perform certain required actions, on the one hand, and that are embodied in individuals, on the other.

What this allows us to do is apply the general resource pattern to human resources, without putting individual people directly into these patterns and equations.  We can say things like "Three years of Visual Age experience is worth ...", and then negotiate with individuals, with that monetary valuation as one aspect of the negotiation.

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Human resources, as defined here, are required by specific actions.  The types of human resource, as embodied in individual human beings, is matched against the needs that characterize various roles to be filled by individuals.