In its description and analysis of the current context of research and practice of HRD in small organizations, this collection of essays provides a comprehensive and critical evaluation of current approaches. This evaluation leads to an exploration of a number and range of HRD methods as they are applied in the small organization context and provides a range of examples of research and practice which will inform and support the teaching of HRD.
'Professors Jim Stewart and Graham Beaver, both of whom are well known and highly respected academic researchers in this field, have succeeded in putting together an empirically rigorous, coherent and informative volume of well-written chapters on a relatively underdeveloped but very important research topic.' - Harry Matlay, UCE Birmingham, The Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
'This is an excellent book and I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in training and HRD in SMEs. It is a well designed and researched volume with good quantitative and qualitative studies that would satisfy even the most discerning and knowledgeable reader. Academics, researchers, students and owner/managers as well as trainers, small business advisers and policy makers - could all benefit from this specialised book.' - Harry Matlay, UCE Birmingham, The Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
1. Researching and Practicing HRD in Small Organizations Introduction to Part 1 2. Why HRD in Small Organizations May Have Become a Neglected Field of Study 3. Neither Market Failure Nor Customer Ignorance 4. Now You See It Now You Don't: Comparing Traditional and Discourse Readings of HRD in Small Organizations 5. The Big Business of HRM in Small Businesses Introduction to Part 2 6. Employee-Led Development in SMEs 7. The Practice of HRD in Small Firms 8. HRD and Knowledge Migration in SMEs 9. Knowledge Migration in Academic/SME Partnerships 10. E-Learning and Small Organizations Introduction to Part 3 11. The Management Development Needs of Owner-Managers in Manufacturing SMEs 12. The Value of HRD in Small Owner-Managed SMEs 13. Mentoring for Export Success 14. Management Development in Micro and Small Firms in Ireland
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.