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ERIC Number: EJ968154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0309-0590
Between Ideal and Tradition: The Roles of HRD Practitioners in South Australian Organisations
Koornneef, Marieke J.; Oostvogel, Karen B. C.; Poell, Rob F.
Journal of European Industrial Training, v29 n5 p356-368 2005
Purpose: To investigate how modern or traditional are the current roles of South Australian HRD practitioners in the context of present-day work organisations. Also, how are their roles related to the organisational context in which they operate? Design/methodology/approach: The study is a replication of two prior qualitative empirical studies conducted in the UK and The Netherlands. Learning-Network Theory was used to analyse qualitatively 18 in-depth interviews with South Australian HRD practitioners. Four phases were distinguished in the analysis of interview data, namely exploration, specification, reduction, and integration. Findings: HRD practitioner roles are still rather traditional in nature, focusing, for example, on training needs analysis and delivery. Furthermore, roles of HRD practitioners are related to the work type in their organisation. Those dealing with team-based work were found to have the least traditional tasks, emphasising the continuation of learning, evaluation and acting as a resource to the organisation. Research limitations/implications: Qualitative small sample study limits generalisation. Also, interviews may yield respondents' espoused theories rather than those in use. Further research should use larger, more diverse samples and include more direct ways of data collection (e.g. observation). Practical implications: The question arises whether HRD practice is too conservative or HRD theory and professional ideals are too progressive, if a huge gap between the two continues to come to the fore. Originality/value: Besides corroborating earlier research conducted elsewhere, this study developed a more fully elaborated and more structured interview guideline based on Learning-Network Theory. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia