Factors such as globalisation, restructuring, casualization of employment and the erosion of pension rights have led to massive tensions in contemporary organizations. By exploring the boundaries of the field of Human Resource Development this book asks where is HRD in the middle of all this and presents an innovative and challenging approach to HRD theory and practice.
With contributions from a number of leading international scholars, the chapters draw upon a range of epistemologies and adopt a critically reflective perspective on the field. The chapters are divided into four sections moving from a critical perspective on the definition and boundaries of the field of HRD, through a re-thinking of the human-centred nature of HRD, and the organisational context within which HRD takes place, to, finally, perspectives on the future role of HRD in the changing knowledge economy.
The book's main conclusion is that HRD remains a contested concept within the more broadly contested field of organisation and management theory. Yet this is neither a drawback nor weakness on the one hand, nor an advantage or strength on the other. Both threats and opportunities present themselves for the future growth of HRD as an academic field, and as an arena of professional practice
Section I: New Frontiers in HRD: Why now/setting the scene
1. Introduction - Jean Woodall, Monica Lee and Jim Stewart
2. Philosophy and Theory in HRD - Jim Mcgoldtrick, Jim Stewart and Sandra Watson
3. A Refusal to Define HRD - Monica Lee
Section II: Developments in the Human Centred Approach to HRD
4. In Search of Ethics and Integrity in Human Resource Development - Darlene Russ-Eft
5. Line Managers, HRD, Ethics and Values: Evidence from the Voluntary Sector - Rona S Beattie
6. Working with Values: A Study of HR Consultants in the Charity and Voluntary Sectors - Diana Winstanley
7. The Relationship between Professional Learning and Continuing Professional Development in the UK: A Critical Review of the Literature - Jean Woodall and Stephen Gourlay
Section III: Developments in the Organisational Orientation of HRD
8. Project-Based Learning in Work Organizations: Strategies used by Employees, Managers, and the HRD Professionals - Rob F Poell
9. Emotion, Politics and Learning: Toward an Organizational Orientation in Human Resource Development - Russ Vince
10. Getting to the Heart of HRD: Some thoughts on the Relationship between Quality and Performance in Higher Education in the UK - Heather Höpfl
11. The Knowledge Revolution and the Knowledge Economy: the Challenge for HRD - Joseph Kessels
12. The Evolution of HR? - Monica Lee
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.