Framing human resource development : an exploration of definitional perspectives using discourse analysis



McGuire, David and O'Donnell, D and Garavan, T and Murphy, J (2001) Framing human resource development : an exploration of definitional perspectives using discourse analysis. In: Irish Academy of Management Conference, September 2001, University of Ulster. (Submitted)

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Abstract

This paper considers the emergence of Human Resource Development (HRD) as a field of study. Its aim is to examine the philosophical precepts underpinning HRD and the diverging purposes HRD serves. It explores the evolution of both US and European schools of HRD and considers how the distinct shape of HRD is being expressed through various attempts to deconstruct and define HRD. A triarchy of perspectives (Social Constructionism, Managerialism and Critical Theory) is proposed as an analytical tool to explain the organisational and societal goals currently served by HRD. Finally, the paper draws some tentative conclusions about the future direction of HRD and how the field of HRD may be enhanced through the adoption of alternative philosophical perspectives

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Business, Enterprise & Management
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 12:27
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:55
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/384

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