Putting the individual and context back into national human resource development research: A systematic review and research agenda
Garavan, Thomas; Wang, Jia; Nolan, Ciara; Lai, Yanqing; O'Brien, Fergal; Darcy, Colette; Matthews-Smith, Gerardine; McLean, Gary
Dr Gerardine Matthews-Smith G.Matthews-Smith@napier.ac.uk
Conceptualizations of NHRD emphasise that it is an ongoing process of developing the individual shaped by context. However, the extant literature has focused primarily on describing and evaluating NHRD policies and interventions in different countries with limited consideration of NHRD across the lifespan and the interaction of individual life-stage with context. Applying ecological systems theory (EST) and a lifespan development (LSD) perspective we present a systematic review (SR) of the NHRD literature based on 310 sources. We identify key themes and gaps in research across the lifespan and at distinct levels of the ecological system. We build on this review to suggest future research informed by both EST and LSD perspectives. We propose a future research agenda focused on a number of key areas including: the developing individual as the primary focus of NHRD; the dynamic relationship between NHRD microsystems and how this evolves over time; the exosystem and macrosystem, which provide the context of the NHRD development experience for the individual over their lifespan; and the imperatives of directing research attention to top-down and bottom-up influences within the ecological system. We also propose three methodological innovations to address several of the questions raised by our review drawing on national archive databases, the use of historical methods, and a focus on longitudinal data analysis. Finally, we highlight the practical implications of our analysis for ecosystem and microsystem NHRD actors.
Garavan, T., Wang, J., Nolan, C., Lai, Y., O'Brien, F., Darcy, C., …McLean, G. (2023). Putting the individual and context back into national human resource development research: A systematic review and research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 25(1), 152-175. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12308
|Journal Article Type||Review|
|Acceptance Date||Jul 1, 2022|
|Online Publication Date||Jul 14, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Aug 9, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Jul 15, 2023|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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