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Reclaiming the “D” in HRD: A Typology of Development Conceptualizations, Antecedents, and Outcomes

Lee, Monica; Garavan, Thomas N.; McGuire, David


Monica Lee

Thomas N. Garavan


Despite being viewed as a major construct at the heart of human resource development (HRD), considerable complexity, confusion, and ambiguity exists regarding the conceptualization of development. The notion of development has attracted interest from a wide array of fields including HRD, adult education, psychology, management studies, and organization theory. As a result, there is little consistency in how development is understood, conceptualized, or tested. This article examines the current body of knowledge and understanding on development to develop a typology to focus future research and investigations. A typology of development is proposed, and four development types are identified. The article then articulates the underlying theories, primary antecedents, and outcomes associated with each of the four development types. Finally, recommendations and avenues for future research arising from the typology are specified

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 28, 2015
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2015
Publication Date 2015-12
Deposit Date Oct 22, 2015
Publicly Available Date Oct 22, 2015
Journal Human Resource Development Review
Print ISSN 1534-4843
Electronic ISSN 1552-6712
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 4
Pages 359-388
Keywords Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
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Contract Date Oct 22, 2015


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