Monica M. Lee
As HRD has developed as a field of academic study, so have the definitions applied to it. In 2001, the author argued that, because of the nature of HRD, it was inappropriate and impossible to define it. This chapter reviews debates around defining HRD. It examines theories and practices implicit in these definitions as well as the underlying theory and practices that are adopted when one refuses to define HRD. Sections include (a) the drive to define, (b) reasons to not define HRD, (c) implications for working without an HRD definition, and (d) developing non-defining parameters.