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Critical Thinking in Human Resource Development

Edited by Carole Elliott, Sharon Turnbull

© 2005 – Routledge

228 pages

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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.


'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

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

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Resource Development

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management