Social Capital and HRD: Provocative Insights From Critical Management Studies

O'Donnell, D and Gubbins, C and McGuire, David and Mølbjerg Jørgensen, K and Bo Henriksen, L and Garavan, T (2007) Social Capital and HRD: Provocative Insights From Critical Management Studies. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9 (3). p. 413. ISSN 15234223

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This paper initiates a critical management studies (CMS) evaluation of social capital in an HRD context by drawing on insights from both Foucault and Habermas. Alternative interpretations of three seminal social capital concepts - weak ties, structural holes and social resources - are presented. Pragmatic, albeit critical, insights for HRD theory and practice are illustrated to counter-balance the managerialist appropriation of social capital in pursuit of largely economic ends. It is argued here that social well-being is as relevant to HRD practice as economic well-being. Ethical dimensions are noted and avenues of reflexivity for HRD practitioners are suggested.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical management studies (CMS), Foucault, Habermas, human resource development (HRD), social capital
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Business, Enterprise & Management
Date Deposited: 22 May 2009 10:17
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:37


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