Why Humanistic Approaches in Hrd Won't Work

Human Resource Development Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 131-137, Spring 2005

10 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2005

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David McGuire

Napier University Business School

Christine Cross

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

David O'Donnell

Intellectual Capital Research Institute of Ireland

Abstract

Humanism has long been considered a cherished worldview underpinning human resource development. As such, it occupies a privileged status within the field, and in the main, its central tenets have gone unchallenged, despite massive changes in the economic, sociological, and technological structure of work and society. This article challenges the preeminence of humanism and argues that the rhetoric of humanistic approaches is not matched by organizational actions of compressed career progression pathways, tight budgetary constraints, and a market-driven economic philosophy.

Keywords: Humanism, human resource development, HRD, training

JEL Classification: J24, J50, M53

Suggested Citation

McGuire, David and Cross, Christine and O'Donnell, David, Why Humanistic Approaches in Hrd Won't Work. Human Resource Development Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 131-137, Spring 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=818164

David McGuire

Napier University Business School ( email )

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Christine Cross

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland
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David O'Donnell (Contact Author)

Intellectual Capital Research Institute of Ireland ( email )

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Limerick County
Ireland

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