Critical Human Resource Development: Beyond Orthodoxy by Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg, Kiran Trehan

By Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg, Kiran Trehan

Normally, Human source improvement (HRD) was once focussed on allowing employees to pursue aggressive virtue, yet with the incidence of excessive profile company scandals humans recognising the hazards of restricting administration education and improvement to 'technical' managerial actions have resulted in a surge in curiosity in severe HRD. This booklet is a compilation and dialogue of the newest pondering and examine in serious Human source improvement from subject-leading Editors and participants. It examines and analyses the luck of makes an attempt to truly enforce severe HRD within the place of work and is appropriate for Postgraduate scholars at degree, masters and doctorate point on either particular HRD classes, resembling the CIPD modules 'Learning & improvement' and 'Managing the educational and improvement functionality' and on professional HRD modules inside generalist HRM classes.

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I critically evaluate this next, drawing upon the themes from this brief review of ‘critical’ literature. I explore how ‘critical’ this approach was in terms of the political, iconoclastic, epistemological and investigative issues identified earlier (Burrell, 2001: 14–17). ■ How can we research HRD from a critical perspective? HRD can be investigated from many perspectives (see, for example, Swanson 1999 and McLean, 1998, 1999), focusing on its contested roots in the disciplines of economics, psychology and systems theory, for instance.

The three chapters here in some ways set the scene for the rest of the book. While in no sense comprehensive, they do present the main themes, approaches and concepts which are then applied in the rest of the book. Some of these themes include the following: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ the nature and meaning of ‘critical HRD’; the consequences of HRD practice for society, organizations and individuals; the moral base of HRD; the legitimization of HRD practice; ethical dilemmas raised by HRD practice. It will be useful for readers to bear these themes in mind as they read the chapters in this part and those in subsequent parts.

These might include problematizing the concept of HRD, using qualitative methods, examining the role of ‘the researcher’ and their relationships with ‘subjects’, and exploring values, morality and ethics in HRD and HRD research, discussed elsewhere in this text (see Chapters 2 and 3). Perhaps now is the time to challenge the dominant approaches, actively promote those currently emerging, and ask – to what extent is this work ‘critical’ and how does it contribute to a deeper understanding of HRD?

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