Foundations of Human Resource Development 2nd Edition

Richard A. Swanson (Author) | Elwood F. Holton III (Author)

Publication date: 02/16/2009

Foundations of Human Resource Development
In Foundations of Human Resouce Development, Richard Swanson and Edward Holton provide an up-to-date overview of the HRD profession as well as the terminology and processes required for sound HRD research and practice. Swanson and Holton's work is supplemented with contributions from Alexandre Ardichvili, Theo J. Bastiaens, Thomas J. Chermack, Richard W. Herling, K. Peter Kuchinke, Sharon S. Naquin, Wendy E. A. Ruona, Richard J. Torraco, Greg G. Wang, and Karen E. Watkins.

The book provides a basic understanding of the HRD models, processes, and history; critical theoretical and philosophical foundations of the field; learning and performance paradigms and models; HRD's role in high-level organizational and systems-level issues; training and development and organization development—including examples of best practices along with variations in core thinking, processes, interventions, and tools; and much more.

The first edition won the Book of the Year Award from the prestigious Academy of Human Resource Development. This second edition has been completely revised, updated, and expanded, with new chapters on component HRD theories, policy and planning, technology, and globalization, as well as supplemental study materials, PowerPoint presentations, and figures available online at www.textbookresources.net.
  • By the preeminent scholars in the field of HRD
  • The only comprehensive treatment of HRD theory and practice available
  • Written to be useful to established HRD professionals, beginners in the field, researchers, and students

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In Foundations of Human Resouce Development, Richard Swanson and Edward Holton provide an up-to-date overview of the HRD profession as well as the terminology and processes required for sound HRD research and practice. Swanson and Holton's work is supplemented with contributions from Alexandre Ardichvili, Theo J. Bastiaens, Thomas J. Chermack, Richard W. Herling, K. Peter Kuchinke, Sharon S. Naquin, Wendy E. A. Ruona, Richard J. Torraco, Greg G. Wang, and Karen E. Watkins.

The book provides a basic understanding of the HRD models, processes, and history; critical theoretical and philosophical foundations of the field; learning and performance paradigms and models; HRD's role in high-level organizational and systems-level issues; training and development and organization development—including examples of best practices along with variations in core thinking, processes, interventions, and tools; and much more.

The first edition won the Book of the Year Award from the prestigious Academy of Human Resource Development. This second edition has been completely revised, updated, and expanded, with new chapters on component HRD theories, policy and planning, technology, and globalization, as well as supplemental study materials, PowerPoint presentations, and figures available online at www.textbookresources.net.

  • By the preeminent scholars in the field of HRD
  • The only comprehensive treatment of HRD theory and practice available
  • Written to be useful to established HRD professionals, beginners in the field, researchers, and students

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Visit Author Page - Richard A. Swanson



Richard A. Swanson is an internationally recognized authority on organizational change, human resource development, the analysis and evaluation of work behavior, and financial analysis. He has consulted with Arthur Andersen Consulting, AT&T, 3M, CIGNA, Citicorp, General Motors, Honeywell, and many others. He has written and published widely on the subjects of performance and human resource development, and his recent book Analysis for Improving Performance won the Outstanding Instructional Communication Award from the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Society for Human Resource Management Book Award. Swanson is professor and director of the Human Resource Development Research Center at the University of Minnesota and senior partner of Swanson & Associates, Incorporated.


Visit Author Page - Elwood F. Holton III

Elwood F. Holton III is Professor of Human Resource Development and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Development at Louisiana State University. The author of sixteen books, including The Ultimate New Employee Survival Guide he is an international expert on learning transfer and human resource development. Holton has two daughters and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE
Introduction to Human Resource Development
1 Human Resource Development as a Professional Field of Practice
2 Introduction to Human Resource Development Models and Processes
3 History of Human Resource Development

PART TWO
Theory and Philosophy in Human Resource Development
4 Role of Theory and Philosophy in Human Resource Development
5 Theory of Human Resource Development
6 Component Theories of Human Resource Development

PART THREE
Perspectives of Human Resource Development
7 Paradigms of Human Resource Development
8 Perspectives on Performance in Human Resource Development
9 Perspectives on Learning in Human Resource Development

PART FOUR
Developing Expertise through Training and Development
10 Overview of Training and Development
11 The Nature of Expertise
12 Training and Development Practices

PART FIVE
Unleashing Expertise through Organization Development
13 Overview of Organization Development
14 The Nature of the Change Process
15 Organization Development Practices

PART SIX
Advancing Human Resource Development
16 Strategy and Human Resource Development
17 Accountability in Human Resource Development
18 Human Resource Development Policy and Planning

PART SEVEN
Human Resource Development into the Future
19 Globalization and Human Resource Development
20 Technology and Human Resource Development
21 21st Century Challenges to Human Resource Development

References
Name index
Subject Index
The Authors

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Endorsements

"Swanson and Holton have produced the definitive book on the nature and substance of the human resource development profession.” —Gary N. McLean, Senior Professor of Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University
“This book skillfully articulates foundational HRD concepts that can serve nations, organizations, and individuals."
—Michael J. Marquardt, Professor of Human Resource Development & International Affairs, George Washington University

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