Human Resource Development Review: Research and Implications

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Designed to inform, stimulate and influence research and practice in human resource development (HRD), this book reviews exemplary studies in the field and discusses their practical implications.

Topics discussed include: the importance of variety in behavioural models to improve training; methods for enhancing human performance; integrative and accelerated learning; the advantages of structured versus unstructured on-the-job training; team performance; why some teams learn and others do not; interventions that improve team processes and performance; the role of managers in organizational learning; how research on organizational learning might affect the role of HRD; and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761905615
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/13/1996
  • Pages: 444

Meet the Author

Darlene Russ-Eft, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the new School of Education at Oregon State University. She is also a principal in zmresearch, an evaluation and research group focused on human resource development in organizations, and has served as a faculty member of the Evaluator's Institute. She is the former Director of Research at AchieveGlobal, Inc. (one of the largest training and consulting firms) and the former Director of Research Services at Zenger-Miller (a training firm focused on leadership). She coauthored Evaluation in Organizations: A Systematic Approach to Enhancing Learning Performance, and Change (Russ-Eft & Preskill, 2001) and Everyone a Leader: A Grassroots Model for the New Workplace (Bergmann, Hurson, & Russ-Eft, 1999). She has also coedited What Works: Assessment, Development, and Measurement (Bassi & Russ-Eft, 1999), What Works: Training and Development (Bassi & Russ-Eft, 1999), and the Human Resource Development Review (Russ-Eft, Preskill, & Sleezer, 1997). She has served as the chair of the Research Committee of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and as a member of the board of the American Evaluation Association. Dr. Russ-Eft is the current Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly, a refereed journal of the Academy of Human Resource Development and ASTD. She received the 1996 Times Mirror Editor of the Year Award and the Year 2000 AHRD Outstanding Scholar Award. For over 20 years, she has consulted in the areas of program evaluation, research design, and training and development, and has conducted evaluations in corporate, government, health care, nonprofit, educational, and community-based organizations. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on evaluation and training and development.

Hallie Preskill, Ph.D., has provided evaluation, organizational learning, and training workshops and services for healthcare, nonprofit, education, government, and corporate organizations for more than 25 years. She currently leads FSG's Strategic Evaluation approach area, leading a team of experienced consultants who provide evaluation expertise over a wide range of topic areas, including healthcare, economic development, youth and education, substance abuse prevention and treatment, community engagement, and human rights. Prior to joining FSG in 2009, Hallie held academic positions at three different universities, where she taught courses in program evaluation and organizational learning, most recently as Professor of Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She received the American Evaluation Association’s Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for Outstanding Professional Practice in 2002 and the University of Illinois Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. In 2007, she served as President of the American Evaluation Association.

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Table of Contents

Effects of Alternative Modeling Strategies on Outcomes of Interpersonal-Skills Training - Timothy Baldwin
Enhancing Human Performance - John A Swets and Robert A Bjork
An Evaluation of 'New Age' Techniques Considered by the US Army
Comparing Traditional and Integrative Learning Methods in Organizational Training Programs - Robert D Bretz Jr and Robert E Thompsett
Measuring Mental Models - Anna L Rowe and Nancy J Cooke
Choosing the Right Tools for the Job
Testing Common Sense - Robert J Sternberg et al
Relations between Work Group Characteristics and Effectiveness - Michael A Campion, Gina J Medsker and A Catherine Higgs
Implications for Designing Effective Work Groups
Power and the Production of Knowledge: Collective Team Learning in Work Organizations - Ann K Brooks
Collective Behavior and Team Performance - James E Driskell and Eduardo Salas
Team-Building - Timothy McClernon and Richard A Swanson
An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Computer-Based and Facilitator-Based Interventions on Work Groups
Training an Interdisciplinary Team in Communication and Decision-Making Skills - Elizabeth Cooley
Understanding Organizations as Learning Systems - Edwin C Nevis, Anthony J DiBella and Janet M Gould
Believing Is Seeing - Andrew C Inkpen and Mary M Crossan
Joint Ventures and Organization Learning
The Relationship between Organizational Transfer Climate and Positive Transfer of Training - Janice Z Rouiller and Irwin L Goldstein
Organizational Learning - Nancy M Dixon
A Review of the Literature with Implications for HRD Professionals
Building the Learning Organization - Karen E Watkins and Victoria J Marsick
A New Role for Human Resource Developers
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