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Personhood

The concept of personhood comes from both philosophy and law. It originally appeared as an understanding of what it means to be a person and of who is and is not a person (slaves, for example).

Some academics apply this concept to organisations to represente a synthesis of a specific mindset, attitude and behaviour within the organisation. In the same way that citizenship reflects the qualities and rights of an honourable person in a community or society, personhood reflects the qualities and...