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The human resource development (HRD) profession needs to continue to develop its core theories and to understand that theory building is a scholarly process. Theoretical constraints affecting HRD are that HRD is a relatively young academic field of study and that most academic fields are applied and draw upon multiple theories in articulating their disciplinary base. Presently, there is no universal view or agreement on the theory or multiple theories that support HRD as a discipline. HRD is being asked to contribute more and to provide reliable results--HRD is being viewed as too important and central to host organizations to tolerate atheoretical explanations of what it can do for its sponsors. For this reason, a discrete and logical set of theories as the foundation of HRD has been proposed. It is comprised of psychological theory, economic theory, and systems theory. (Contains 34 references.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Economics, Human Resources, Labor Force Development, Psychology, Research, Systems Approach, Theories, Theory Practice Relationship











Author: Swanson, Richard A.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5892&id=ED453452







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