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Critical Thinking in Human Resource Development

ISBN 9780415487993
Published October 16, 2008 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a reflexive critique of the assumptions of orthodox HRD research and practice and questions the conception of humans as resources, as well as the conventional performative focus of HRD. Examining the broader social, political and economic contexts, the book offers alternative perspectives for considering both the needs of individuals and the sustainable development of organizations in post-industrial economies.

Table of Contents

1. Critical Thinking in HRD: An introduction  Carole Elliott and Sharon Turnbull  Part One: Debates on Practice  2. Beware the Unbottled Genie: Unspoken aspects of critical self-reflection  Kiran Trehan and Clare Rigg  3. Ideas for Critical Practicioners  Russ Vince  4. Becoming Critical: Can critical management learning develop critical managers?  Clare Rigg  5. Management Education: A tool for mismanagement?  Finian Buckley and Kathy Monks  6. A Critical Review of of Researching Human Resource Development: The case of a pan-European project  Sally Sambrook and Jim Stewart  7. HRD Beyond What HRD Practicioners Do: A framework for furthering multiple learning processes in work organisations  Rob Poell  8. Place: A (re)source for learning  Ginny Hardy and Colin Newsham  9. Critiquing Codes of Ethics  Monica Lee  Part Two: Theoretical Debates  10. Deconstructing the Human in Human Resource Development  Christina Hughes  11. Sense or Sensibility? A reflection on virtue and 'emotional' HRD interventions  Linda Perriton  12. The Self at Work: Theories of persons, meaning of work and their implications for HRD  Peter Kuchinke  13. "To Develop a Firm Persuation": Workplace learning and the problem of meaning  John Dirkx  14. Good Order: On the administration of goodness  Heather Hopfl  15. Pedagogies of HRD: The socio-political implications  Sharon Turnbull and Carole Elliott

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'This book, published in the United Kingdom, is a welcome addition to the field of Human Resource Development (HRD), where there has been a notable absence of critical studies in the area.' Julia Connell, University of Newcastle, Australia for Labour and Industry

'The book should prove interesting to HRD, HRM, organisation and management scholars, as well as those human resource practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge and philosophy regarding HRD.' - Julia Connell, The University of Newcastle