Adopting a scientific approach to management and human resource management in Iran is less than a century old. This study has studied the evolution of "human resource management knowledge" in Iran using the qualitative research strategy of the Grounded Theory. The research data were obtained from interviews with a group of veteran professors of Iranian management knowledge, supplemented with data collected from written sources. The oral and written data of the research were then analyzed using open coding, central coding, and selective coding. The final theory based on the systematic model of the Strauss and Corbinchr('39')s Grounded theory categorizes the evolution of human resource management knowledge in Iran into four historical periods: "period of formation", "period of growth", "period of separation" and "period of re-creation" of human resources.


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