The first book to look at both aesthetics and human resource development, this timely and original work investigates existing, as well as possible future, connections and relations between the two areas.
Well structured and expertly written, The Aesthetic Challenges of Human Resource Development is undoubtedly a valuable reference for students of human resource management, business and management, and aesthetics.
"Creativity has become a valued commodity in the business world, and in this volume Gibb (human resources managemen, U of Strathclyde, Scotland) considers the connection between human resource development and the creative class. Examining industries in the realms of science, engineering, design, arts, education, and music, he discusses theconcepts of aesthetic value systems, imagination, and beauty and relates these concepts to the practice of human resources development." -- Art Book News Annual, January 2007
List of Illustrations. Foreword Part I: Connections 1. Pretty Smart: Aesthetics and HRD 2. Making It Up: Constructing Creativity 3. Valuing Aesthetics 4. The Illusion of Potential: Imaginative Truth 5. Caring About Beauty Part II: Concepts 6. Artful HRD: Pleasure for Pleasure 7. Arts-Based HRD 8. Beyond Artfulness: Expressing Human Vitality Part III: Challenges 9. Developing Strategies for Creativity 10. Creative Industries 11. Taking it Seriously: Subverting Double Standards 12. Ending the Silence Aesthetically. Notes. References. Index
HRD theory is changing rapidly. Recent advances in theory and practice, in how we conceive of organizations and of the world of knowledge, have led to the need to reinterpret the field. This series aims to reflect and foster the development of HRD as an emergent discipline. Encompassing a range of different international, organizational, methodological and theoretical perspectives, the series promotes theoretical controversy and reflective practice.