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Researching Human Resource Development: emergence of a critical approach to HRD enquiry

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Training and Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006


This paper argues that mainstream research in management and human resource development (HRD) is dominated by a positivist paradigm. In a theoretical discussion and review of literature on management, human resource management, HRD and organization studies, it explores critical perspectives in research, which draw on postmodernism and critical theory. It examines how they have contributed to the emergence of a critical HRD and discusses the features of a critical HRD

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