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Critical HRD: A Concept Analysis

S. Sambrook
Published 2008 · Sociology

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide clarification of critical human resource development (CHRD), an emerging concept that is complex, ambiguous and lacks clarity.Design/methodology/approach – To address this problem, the technique of concept analysis is employed to help clarify the understanding of CHRD. Concept analysis presents theoretical definitions and defining characteristics of CHRD, drawing upon an extensive review of research literature. Benefits and limitations of the technique are also explored.Findings – The concept analysis identifies antecedents, attributes and consequences of critical HRD. These include: personal and organizational factors; challenging contemporary practices, exposing assumptions, and emancipation; and more democratic work production, improved (working/learning) relationships; and improved creativity and productivity.Research implications/limitations – This paper presents an initial concept analysis of the emerging concept of critical HRD. This is not without ...
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