Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice

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Human Resource Development provides a comprehensive overview of the key topics, debates and themes in this increasingly important field. Written by a team of leading experts, the book balances research-led theory with industry best-practice to provide students with a definitive overview of HRD. The book draws on the international experience of its authors, covering topics as diverse as leadership and development; change and diversity; workplace learning and graduate ...

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Overview

Human Resource Development provides a comprehensive overview of the key topics, debates and themes in this increasingly important field. Written by a team of leading experts, the book balances research-led theory with industry best-practice to provide students with a definitive overview of HRD. The book draws on the international experience of its authors, covering topics as diverse as leadership and development; change and diversity; workplace learning and graduate employability.

New to this edition:

• Additional coverage of careers, career management and employability
• Inclusion of topical subjects including employee engagement, skills shortage and business partnering
• Improved student-friendly pedagogy including real life case studies, discussion questions and chapter summaries
• Thoroughly updated references and web links

Human Resource Development is an essential text for undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA students of HRD.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This is an excellent, very useable, undergraduate core text book by key players in the field. It's of great practial use in the classroom, too, and not just for student reading and support outside of classes. The well-referenced and up to date content is supported by good, short reflective activities and short cases that are really good for break-out discussion exercises.' Sheena Bell, Senior University Teacher, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK

Praise for the 1st edition:
'Intellectually rigorous, accessible and comprehensive - it ticks all the boxes for an excellent textbook. The book provides a critical introduction to the field of HRD, providing a stimulating review of contemporary debates in the field, and a wealth of references. The activities, review questions and examples make it a useful teaching resource.' Clare Valentin, HRD Programme Director, The
University of Edinburgh, UK.

'This is a great resource for lecturers and students alike. It is engagingly written by academics who are in touch with practice and who recognise the need to give undergraduates and professional students both a language and understanding of the strategic aspects of HRD and the ability to deal with the nuance and ambiguity which HRD entails.' - Lisa Anderson, Lecturer in Management
Education, University of Liverpool Management School, UK

'A comprehensive and authoritative overview of current topics, debates, and trends in human resource development… A well written textbook that should appeal to HRD practitioners and students alike.' - Rob F. Poell, Professor of HRD, Tilburg University, Netherlands

'This excellent book provides a critical exploration of the key themes in the field of Human Resource Development in a challenging yet pragmatic way, and will have wide appeal.' Susan Kirk, Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Nottingham Trent University, UK

'Engaging, topical, full of practical illustrations and far reaching in scope: this book is an excellent new resource for undergraduate teaching and professional students alike.' - Dr Clare Rigg, School of Business and Social Sciences, Institute of Technology Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland

'The book is a very important contribution to the field of HRD. It signals a number of useful trajectories along which HRD may develop in the future. The book is a model of conceptual clarity and it achieves a fine balance between description and analysis. A fine achievement indeed.' - Thomas N. Garavan, Journal of European Industrial Training.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230367159
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/23/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition,Revised Edition,2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF GOLD is Professor of Organisation Learning at Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
 
RICK HOLDEN is Principal Lecturer in the School of Human Resource Management, Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK.

PAUL ILES is Professor of Human Resource Development at Salford Business School, University of Salford, UK 

JIM STEWART is Professor in HRD at Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

JULIE BEARDWELL is Head of Corporate Development at De Montfort University, UK.

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Table of Contents

1. The Nature and Scope of Human Resource Development
2. Strategic HRD and the Learning and Development Function
3. National HRD Policies and Practices
4. Learning Theories and Principles
5. The Practice of Training: the Identification of Training Needs
6. The Practice of Training: the Design and Delivery of Training
7. Evaluation of Human Resource Development
8. E-Learning
9. Workplace Learning, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
10. HRD and Change at Work
11. Continuing Professional Development and Life-Long Learning
12. Contrasting Contexts of HRD Practice
13. HRD and Diversity
14. Cross-Cultural HRD
15. Management Development
16. Leadership Development
17. Team Development
18. Graduates and Graduate Employability
19. The Future of HRD

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