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Handbook of Human Resource Development by Neal F. Chalofsky

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A Critical, Feminist Turn in HRD

A Humanistic Ethos

Laura L. Bierema

University of Georgia

Maria Cseh

George Washington University

INTRODUCTION

Human resource development (HRD) is concerned with advancing individuals, groups, and systems through interventions focused on training, career development, or organization development. Although HRD began as a field seeking humanistic development and change of humans and organizations, it is increasingly the bedfellow of management and capitalistic interests that are neither humanistic nor concerned with employee and stakeholder well-being. As Bierema (2009) noted, HRD is “founded on employee advocacy, ...

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