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Palgrave Macmillan

The History of Human Resource Development

Understanding the Unexplored Philosophies, Theories, and Methodologies

ISBN 9781137526977
Publication Date November 2015
Formats No other formats available
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The history of human resource development embraces humankind's investment in one another's skills, knowledge, and abilities. As the field transitions into a more mature discipline, there is a need to understand the philosophies upon which certain theories and methodologies are based. Providing a historical narrative of HRD from the beginning of human history through modern times, this book reveals the consistent interaction between the philosophies of the time, theories, and methods of people management and how these philosophies impact what is known as HRD today.

Drs. Gosney and Hughes offer a robust examination of HRD and provide a methodology for critical thinking to better understand the theories and assumptions of the field. They provide a model whereby scholars and practitioners can better understand and evaluate modern HRD through the context of HRD history.

Matthew W. Gosney is Director of Organizational Development for Hillcrest Healthcare System, where he manages the design and implementation of integrated talent management strategy for dozens of hospitals across the US. He has published in The Encyclopedia of E-Leadership, Counseling, and Training. Dr. Gosney earned his doctorate in Human Resource and Workforce Development from the University of Arkansas, USA, where he was named outstanding Doctoral Student '09-10.

Claretha Hughes is Associate Professor and past Director of the College of Education and Health Professions Honors Program at the University of Arkansas, USA. She has over 24 years of diverse management, supervisory and administrative experience in organizational and workforce development. She is a member of Association for Talent Development and has published articles in Human Resource Development Review, Workforce Education Forum, and New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. Her book Valuing People and Technology in the Workplace: A Competitive Advantage Framework won the R. Wayne Pace Book of the Year award in 2013.

List of Figures
List of Tables
1. Introduction to HRD History and Critical Thinking Theory
2. Early Human History
3. The Hellenic Period
4. 400 - 1800 AD: The Middle Ages, Renaissance and Enlightenment
5. The Industrial Revolution
6. World War II
7. 1950's – 1970's: The Rise of Organization Development
8. HRD in the Modern Era
9. Underlying Assumptions of HRD Theory and Practice
10. Critical Thinking in HRD: A Path Forward


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