A strong research base and practical hands-on approach make this leading human resources development text popular with instructors and students alike. Appropriate for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses, the text offers comprehensive coverage of the field both in terms of foundational HRD processes and primary areas of HRD interventions. Features: * Offering a more comprehensive approach to HRD, the text devotes entire chapters to such key areas as multicultural issues, employee orientation/socialization, coaching, career development, and employee counseling intervention--topics often overlooked by other texts. * The text provides an in-depth examination of the design, implementation, and evaluation of HRD at every level--from the individual employee to the overall organization. * The text incorporates a strong foundation in the HRD process and underlying issues, such as employee behaviour and learning theory. * Numerous in-text examples from actual companies, coupled with perspectives from organization leaders and HRD professionals, reinforce chapter concepts and illustrate the importance of effective HRD to organizational success. * Extremely reader friendly, the text includes many pedagogical features not common to upper-level texts, such as chapter learning objectives, opening cases, lists of key terms and concepts, and end-of-chapter questions to prompt class discussion. Additionally, chapter material is presented in a clear, practical writing style. New to this edition: * Completely updated, the text reflects the latest research from the field, including new developments in the areas of learning, multicultural issues, organizational socialization, career development and organizational development. * Chapter 1 "Introduction to Human Resource Development" incorporates new coverage of the evolving view of the role of the HRD professional, as well as introduces the learning organization, a topic which is later emphasized in Chapter 13 "Organizational Development and Change". * Chapter 3 "Learning and HRD" focuses on advances in cognitive science/psychology as they relate to learning--such as cognitive architectures, acquisition of expert performance and cognitive resource theory. * Chapter 5 "Designing and Implementing Training Programs" spotlights emerging electronic training media, including multimedia platforms and on-line sources. * Chapter 6 "Evaluating HRD Programs" highlights recent thinking on HRD evaluation. Coverage includes a model of learning outcomes for evaluation, return on investment issues and flexibility in selecting a research design for HRD evaluation.
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