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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (25 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674019229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230216877
  • ASIN: 0230216870
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jeff Gold is Professor of Organisation Learning at Leeds Business School and Fellow of the Northern Leadership Academy. He is a keen rugby union fan and supports Leeds Carnegie.

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Intellectually rigorous, accessible and comprehensive - it ticks all the boxes for an excellent textbook. The book provides a critical introduction to the field of HRD, providing a stimulating review of contemporary debates in the field, and a wealth of references. The activities, review questions and examples make it a useful teaching resource. Clare Valentin, HRD Programme Director, The University of Edinburgh, UK.

This is a great resource for lecturers and students alike. It is engagingly written by academics who are in touch with practice and who recognise the need to give undergraduates and professional students both a language and understanding of the strategic aspects of HRD and the ability to deal with the nuance and ambiguity which HRD entails. - Lisa Anderson, Lecturer in Management Education, University of Liverpool Management School, UK
A comprehensive and authoritative overview of current topics, debates, and trends in human resource development… A well written textbook that should appeal to HRD practitioners and students alike. - Rob F. Poell, Professor of HRD, Tilburg University, Netherlands 
This excellent book provides a critical exploration of the key themes in the field of Human Resource Development in a challenging yet pragmatic way, and will have wide appeal. Susan Kirk, Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Engaging, topical, full of practical illustrations and far reaching in scope: this book is an excellent new resource for undergraduate teaching and professional students alike. - Dr Clare Rigg, School of Business and Social Sciences, Institute of Technology Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
The book is a very important contribution to the field of HRD. It signals a number of useful trajectories along which HRD may develop in the future. The book is a model of conceptual clarity and it achieves a fine balance between description and analysis. A fine achievement indeed. - Thomas N. Garavan, Journal of European Industrial Training.

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Leading experts provide a comprehensive resource for this fast-growing field. Engaging learning tools; crucial hot topics like diversity, workplace learning, and cross-cultural HRD

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2010
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This text is clearly written and as a result is very accessible to dip into and out of. The chapters follow a very logical structure from the overarching strategical level through the elements of learning to it's application at work and in the wider context. The chapters are broken into sections as below:

Looking Out: Macro Considerations of HRD
Looking In: Principles of HRD
Looking At: HRD at work
Looking Around: HRD in different contexts

On a critical side, in order to gain readability; the text tends to give a higher level overview of some topic areas and as a consequence alternative texts would be required for further study. Additionally it occasionally feels that, despite the long reference lists, some writings by the authors are used frequently and these are given more weight than other sources.

Considering all the above, for undergraduate or postgraduate study (ie CIPD), this is a very good text for those that are new to the subject area and who struggle with the more 'academic' texts. This book will allow you to take on the information and it provides sufficient references to do further reading.
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The book is easy to follow, supports the CIPD course, very helpful easy to reference a good buy worth the money
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ramn on 22 Dec. 2011
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A very helpful book which I used for one of my essays. I definitely recommend it for anyone studying human resource management.
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