English equivalent of "pilares" in business

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I'm translating a business-related article from Spanish to English. My author uses the word "pilar(es)" frequently throughout the manuscript in a figurative sense, e.g.

"los pilares de la dirección de personas...". This seems to me the equivalent of

"principles of human resource management", but I wanted to make sure there wasn't some better English word that would convey the sense of a fundamental, a supporting factor. Any suggestions for improvement, or is this good as is? Many thanks for any input!

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updated ABR 22, 2009
posted by Elsa-Peterson

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Thanks to both of you! This is reassuring.

As the article I'm translating is going to be published along with others written in English by native English speakers, I should probably ask to see a few pages of some of the accompanying articles and get a sense of the vocabulary they are using before we consider my translation final, but for the time being I now feel more secure in what I'm doing.

updated ABR 22, 2009
posted by Elsa-Peterson
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Does it have to be one word? Why not combine both suggestions and use "fundamental principles (tenets)"'

updated ABR 22, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Elsa:

Consider, for your purposes, such English words as :

axioms, canons, criterion, foundations, fundamentals, precepts, principles, standards and theorems.

These words all carry the idea of being "chief" or of first importance. Some may even convey a greater certainty than you want. For me, I like "principles". Stepen Covey refers to "habits" of successful business people.

I expect the list is not complete and there will also be other words conveying the same or similar meaning.

updated ABR 22, 2009
posted by Moe
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I wanted to make sure there wasn't some better English word that would convey the sense of a fundamental, a supporting factor.

Why not "the fundamentals of ...". Sounds very good (and "businessy") to me.

updated ABR 22, 2009
posted by 00719c95