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ERIC Number: ED441085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-8
Pages: 12
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Social Responsibility of Human Resource Development: How Our Definitions and Worldviews Impact Our Leadership Role. Town Forum. [Concurrent Town Forum Session at AHRD Annual Conference, 2000.]
Hatcher, Timothy G.; Brooks, Ann K.
The question of whether human resource development (HRD) should assume a leadership role in social responsibility has not been seriously or rigorously addressed in the HRD literature. As a multidisciplinary field, HRD is influenced not only by societal needs but also by underlying disciplines, including economics, psychology, general systems, ethics, and sociology. Both as an organizational function and as a stand-alone profession, HRD plays a principal role in enhancing organizations' long-term sustainability and has the potential to help cultivate organizations and people that positively influence communities, society, and the environment. The influence that economic and psychological theory have had on HRD and the world views that have influenced HRD require review and redefinition so that HRD professionals can clarify and improve their understanding of their potential contributions and responsibility to society. In the long run, those HRD professionals and academics who respond to the challenge of social responsibility will prove most successful not because it is the right thing to do but because organizations that add value to external clients and society will likely add value to themselves and their shareholders. As a profession, HRD has a collective conscience that provides the catalyst for leadership in social responsibility. (Contains 37 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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