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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Human Resource Development

A Concise Introduction

ISBN 9781137360090
Publication Date May 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

A brand new concise introductory text in human resource development that has a skills-building, practical focus yet is underpinned by the latest academic research. Highly engaging and accessible it brings the subject to life through innovative learning tools including videos and active case studies.

Ronan Carbery is Senior Lecturer in Management in the School of Management and Marketing at University College Cork, Ireland. Ronan is co-editor of the European Journal of Training and Development. His research interests include career development, talent management and participation in HRD activities. Ronan was awarded the University of Limerick Teaching Excellence award in 2013. He is co-editor of Organisational Behaviour: An Introduction (2016) and Human Resource Management: A Concise Introduction (2013) both published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Christine Cross lectures in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland where she has extensive experience of teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience levels and has been actively involved in curriculum review and development. Prior to joining UL she worked for a number of the world's leading organisations including Lloyd's bank, Dell Computers and Mars Inc in both management and human resource management roles. In 2010 she was a Visiting Professor at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Reus, Spain.

1. Introduction to HRD; Ronan Carbery
2. Strategic HRD; Martin McCracken and Thomas N. Garavan
3. Managing the HRD Function; Ronan Carbery
4. Individual-Level Learning; Linda Dowling-Hetherington
5. Organizational Learning; Ronan Carbery
6. Organization Development; Claire Armstrong
7. Identifying Learning Needs; Paul Donovan
8. Designing HRD Programmes; Jean McCarthy
9. Delivering HRD Programmes; Christine Cross and Mary Fitzpatrick
10. Evaluating HRD Programmes; Sue Mulhall
11. Managing Talented Employees; Clare Rigg
12. Leadership Development; Thomas N. Garavan
13. Graduate Employability; TJ McCabe
14. Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and HRD; Clíodhna MacKenzie.


This book provides a compassionate understanding of not only the fundamentals and processes of HRD, but also of the field's contemporary challenges. It offers insights to those who do not fully appreciate the complexity of HRD and validation for those with a hands-on understanding of the general topics within HRD - an erudite but easy guide for students as well as practitioners.' – Jeanette Lemmergaard, Associate Professor of HRM and Head of Department, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
'I will definitely be recommending this book. The authors have expert knowledge of the field and skilfully analyse the complex relationship between HRM and HRD in a way that is rarely explored in other texts. The book offers a welcome new dimension to the subject and succeeds in integrating theory with a questioning of taken-for-granted assumptions. This balancing of simplicity with complexity and breath with depth makes an ideal introductory text for all students studying people management, including executive MBAs.' – Aileen Lawless, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
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