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Handbook of Human Resource Development by Neal F. Chalofsky

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System Theory and HRD

Ronald L. Jacobs

University of Illinois

Understanding the foundational theories and bodies of knowledge that support the human resource development field continues to draw the attention of many scholars (Yawson, 2013). Most of the discussions constitute more than an interesting intellectual exercise alone. Indeed, they serve the HRD field in at least two related ways. First, discussions about the various foundational theories and bodies of knowledge help define the boundaries of the field, clarifying for scholars and practitioners alike how to distinguish it from related applied fields such as human resource management. Second, ...

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