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Exploring human resource development: a level of analysis approach.

Garavan, Thomas N; McGuire, David; O'Donnell, David


Thomas N Garavan

David O'Donnell


Levels of analysis perform an important function in framing research and practice in human resource development (HRD). The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of HRD from the individual, organizational and community/societal levels of analysis. The paper highlights both the distinctiveness and usefulness of each level of analysis, identifies tensions within and between them, and outlines differences in underpinning assumptions, characteristics of HRD provision and delivery of HRD interventions. By adopting this approach, the paper draws attention to variations in meaning, intent, content and practice with implications for developing both the theory and practice of HRD.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2004-12
Deposit Date May 2, 2008
Print ISSN 1534-4843
Electronic ISSN 1552-6712
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 4
Pages 417-441
Keywords Human resource development; HRD; levels of analysis; method;
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