The development of the field of HRD: a Delphi study.

McGuire, David and Cseh, M (2006) The development of the field of HRD: a Delphi study. Journal of European Industrial Training, 30 (8). pp. 653-667. ISSN 0309 0590

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The study explored the views of leading human resource development (HRD) academics regarding five main issues: the disciplinary bases of HRD, the historical milestones in HRD, the constituent components of HRD, the leading contributions in terms of journal articles and books to the development of HRD and the future of HRD. <B>Design/methodology/approach</B> - A Delphi methodology was adopted. The views of editorial board members of the four main HRD journals (<IT>Human Resource Development Quarterly</IT>, <IT>Human Resource Development International</IT>, <IT>Advances in Developing Human Resources</IT>, <IT>Human Resource Development Review</IT>) and of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Human Resource Development were sought. <B>Findings</B> - Adult learning, systems theory and psychology were identified as the disciplinary bases of HRD. Works by Knowles, Nadler and McLagan were viewed as the leading contributions to the field. Adjusting to changes in work patterns and how work is organized was identified as a key trend influencing the field. Issues of professionalisation and balancing the needs of employees, organizations and society were identified as the key challenges facing the field. <B>Originality/value</B> - Examines key trends and challenges facing HRD

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0309 0590
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human resource development; Delphi; methodology; discipline; curricula;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Management and Law
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2059
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2008 11:20
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 13:26

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