Human Resource Development: Practices and Orthodoxies

Human Resource Development: Practices and Orthodoxies

by John Walton
     
 

Human Resource Development brings together an internationally recognised group of contributors to provide a critical overview of contemporary concepts, practices and orthodoxies in human resource development (HRD).

The book focuses on four key areas of HRD thinking and practice; formative concepts; training and development interventions; career development

Overview

Human Resource Development brings together an internationally recognised group of contributors to provide a critical overview of contemporary concepts, practices and orthodoxies in human resource development (HRD).

The book focuses on four key areas of HRD thinking and practice; formative concepts; training and development interventions; career development practices; and team development practices. Each chapter will identify the theoretical and empirical starting points, and outline the context, history, and current utilisation. Theoretical critique is enhanced by practical examples, providing a critical, but highly accessible examination of contemporary HRD practice.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book provides an excellent read for students studying HRD and provides opportunities to stretch and develop those with enquiring minds." - Dr. Fiona Robson, Senior Lecturer in Organisation and HRM, Northumbria University, UK 
 
"This book truly reflects the changing nature of HRD in the complex world of the 21st century. It provides insight and critique of the main aspects of HRD and how they enhance the quality of the workforce and thereby organisational competitive advantage." - Associate Professor Peter Holland, Director of Post–Graduate Human Resource Management Programs, Monash University, Australia

"This book will appeal to reflective and reflexive practitioners who want a deeper insight into core concepts and constructs in order to challenge and develop the theorizing and practice of HRD. The book brings together influential scholars in the field of HRD who offer critical reviews of HRD theory and practice. In doing so, they challenge many taken for granteds and provide a deeper insight into contemporary HRD." - Dr. Aileen Lawless, Senior Lecturer in HRM, Liverpool John Moores University, UK 
 
"This book brings together through critical reflection a wealth of references and theoretical links in the area of Human Resource Development. For a serious student of this field there will be both additional writers to explore and new ideas. The book is very clearly written and readable. An excellent grounding in key theories in this area of making learning work." - Derek Miles, Professor of Human Resource Development, Middlesex University, UK 
 
"A thought-provoking text drawing on a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, encouraging a critical, reflexive interpretation of key contemporary challenges within the field of HRD. An accessible book entirely appropriate to MBA and Masters student as well as practitioners seeking alternative perspectives in consideration of HRD." - Darren Caudle, Principal Lecturer in HRM, University of Gloucestershire, UK 
 
"Adopting an insightful and critical approach to HRD concepts, practices and orthodoxies, this text is a timely contribution for students, teachers and practitioners in the field." - Dr. Karin Mathison, Lecturer in Human Resource Development, University of Tasmania, Australia 
 
"Walton and Valentin have assembled a treasure-trove of exquisite ideas that is capable of unleashing the full potential of professionals to open their minds further to the mysteries of human learning, development and performance within global contexts." - Professor Francesco Sofo, University of Canberra, Australia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230292277
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/18/2013
Series:
Management, Work and Organisations Series
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

John Walton is Professor in Human Resource Development (HRD) in the London Metropolitan University Business School, UK.
 
Claire Valentin is a Lecturer and Programme Director in the Dept of Higher and Community Education at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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