Exploring Human Resource Development: A Levels of Analysis Approach

Human Resource Development Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 417-441, December 2004

30 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2005

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Thomas N. Garavan

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

David McGuire

Napier University Business School

David O'Donnell

Intellectual Capital Research Institute of Ireland

Abstract

Levels of analysis perform an important function in framing research and practice in human resource development (HRD). The purpose of this paper is to examine the concept of HRD from the individual, organizational and community/societal levels of analysis. The paper highlights both the distinctiveness and usefulness of each level of analysis, identifies tensions within and between them, and outlines differences in underpinning assumptions, characteristics of HRD provision and delivery of HRD interventions. By adopting this approach, the paper draws attention to variations in meaning, intent, content and practice with implications for developing both the theory and practice of HRD.

Keywords: Human resource development, HRD, levels of analysis, method

JEL Classification: I21, J24, M12, M53, M50

Suggested Citation

Garavan, Thomas N. and McGuire, David and O'Donnell, David, Exploring Human Resource Development: A Levels of Analysis Approach. Human Resource Development Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 417-441, December 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=818147

Thomas N. Garavan

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland

David McGuire

Napier University Business School ( email )

219 Colinton Road
Edinburgh, Lothian EH14 1DJ
United Kingdom

David O'Donnell (Contact Author)

Intellectual Capital Research Institute of Ireland ( email )

Clonee Road
Ballyagran
Limerick County
Ireland

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