Research and theory as necessary tools for organizational training and performance improvement practitioners

Serdar Abaci*, James A. Pershing

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Human Performance Technology (HPT) is the applied study and practice of improving organizational performance through training and non-training interventions. For practitioners working in this area that identify themselves as an HPT practitioner, organizational training and performance (OTP) specialist, or instructional designer—offering the right intervention set requires understanding of how humans work and function internally and within organizations that are bounded by environmental, societal, and economic realities. The HPT field is rooted in a multi-disciplinary knowledge base and has its own models and theories, which are generally developed by practitioners to guide their practice. Because HPT follows a systematic, data-driven process akin to action research, HPT practitioners are applied researchers even if they do not see themselves as such. What we need is more collaboration between scholars, practitioners, professional associations, and businesses to create a culture of engagement and involve everybody in the validation of applied research and theory development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Early online date5 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • business
  • human performance technology
  • organizations
  • practice
  • research
  • theory


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