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Chapter 21 of Human Resource Management in a Business Context (2nd Edition) by Alan Price - published by Thomson Learning
ObjectivesThe purpose of this chapter is to:
- Distinguish between learning in organizations and the 'learning organization'.
- Discuss the relationship between empowerment, self-development and learning.
- Debate the role of the trainer in the context of proactive learning methods.
- Evaluate the state of evaluation.
HRD and the organization
From training to development
The learning organization
Empowerment and HRD
HRD as an activity
Learning methods- Action Learning
SummaryA much-publicized modern approach places development within the learning organization which contrasts with older notions of learning within organizations. HRD focuses strongly on management development. Career plans, performance objective-setting and training programmes are more often directed at managers than lower-level employees. With the integration of training activities into human resource development programmes trainers are particularly concerned with cost-effectiveness, quality and the merits of formal as opposed to experiential training. A widening range of learning methods allows employees to acquire information and skills in an active, self-directed manner.
Further readingTelling Ain't Training by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps (published by ASTD, 2002) is an engaging book written by two training professionals but useful for a wider audience. New Directions in Career Planning and the Workplace: Practical Strategies for Career Management Professionals edited by Jean M. Kummerow (Davies-Black Publishing, 2000) includes exercises and examples. The Action Learning Guidebook by William J. Rothwell (published by Jossey-Bass, 1999) covers the action learning process. The ASTD e-Learning Handbook : Best Practices, Strategies, and Case Studies for an Emerging Field, edited by Allison Rossett (published by McGraw-Hill, 2001). Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels, 2nd edition by Donald L. Kirkpatrick (published by Berrett-Koehler, 1998). How to Measure Training Success by Jack Phillips and Ron D. Stone (published by McGraw-Hill, 2002) extends Kirkpatrick's methodology to include Return on Investment (ROI).
Problem for discussion and analysis - Change in Japan
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