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Business men and women

A book about to be published recounts the role and power of people within production organisations

Not resources as such, but men and women in flesh and bones. Thinking minds. The fulcrums of the business. But also beings who deserve respect and dignity. Not simple resources, precisely. It is the new interpretative and management profile which in recent times has come to the surface in businesses. In other words, people are increasingly understanding how important it is to have qualified, competent and motivated people within their organisation, so people, precisely, not human resources. The cultural – rather than managerial – passage from the concept of “resource” to that of a “person” is anything but self-evident.

The book by Andrea di Lenna which is about to be published – “Risorsa a chi? Valorizzare le persone per migliorare le performance aziendali” (Who’s a resource? Empowering individuals to improve business performance) – can help us to understand the meaning of what is happening. To be honest, this had already been advocated decades ago: In fact “Organisations are the communities of human beings, not just containers of human resources”, stated Henry Mintzberg, as he began to outline the need for a new deal in the management of those who work within companies every day, whatever they are in terms of type, size and area of business.
Men and women, therefore. With all their peculiarities as individuals and groups. Di Lenna, starting with an analysis of reference cultures for companies and with the exploration of the characteristics of vision, mission and values of the organisations themselves, manages to provide answers to some fundamental questions. For example, how should people be recruited in businesses that want to maintain their competitiveness? And what kind of training you should consider to develop people in an adequate manner? And also, how do you manage the motivation of people within organisational contexts? And what are the characteristics of the most efficient workplaces, both from the physical point of view and from the organisational one?

What Di Lenna explains is not only a theoretical approach, but it also contains numerous practical cases and concrete situations of daily business life.
From all this emerges an element that has always been present in companies but which has often, and for a long time, been culpably forgotten: the strong presence of people within production organisations. Not resources, precisely, but the true wealth of every productive context.

Risorsa a chi? Valorizzare le persone per migliorare le performance aziendali (Who’s a resource? Empowering individuals to improve business performance)
Andrea di Lenna
Egea, 2018