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Enhancing workplace learning through collaborative HRD

Browning, Victoria & Delahaye, Brian L. (2011) Enhancing workplace learning through collaborative HRD. In Clarke, Marilyn (Ed.) Readings in HRM and Sustainability. Tilde University Press, Prahran, pp. 36-50.

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Abstract

Human resource development (HRD) has evolved a great deal over the past 20 years. Indeed, developments in HRD theory, research and practice have helped transform HRD from a reactive function focusing on administrative and bureaucratic issues to a proactive function focusing on creating learning and development opportunities for employees that not only allow them to achieve their potential but also make a substantial contribution to the longterm survival and sustainability of the organisation. HRD is now seen as an investment in the future of an organisation. This investment perspective is based on the recognition that HRD is linked to business strategy and the achievement of competitive advantage (Caravan et al. 2002). One reason for the shift in emphasis is that many of the traditional sources of competitive advantage (technology, economies of scale) have diminished in value. Nowadays it is the workforce that has come to be seen as an important source of competitive advantage for the organisation. However, not too long ago employees were viewed by management as a disposable resource rather than an asset to an organisation.

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ID Code: 47031
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Workplace Learning, HDR, HRM
ISBN: 9780734611017
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2011 09:40
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2011 09:41

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