Critically Challenging Some Assumptions in Hrd

15 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2005

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David O'Donnell

Intellectual Capital Research Institute of Ireland

David McGuire

Napier University Business School

Christine Cross

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

This paper sets out to critically challenge five inter-related assumptions prominent in the HRD literature. These relate to: the exploitation of labour in enhancing shareholder value; the view that employees are co-contributors to and co-recipients of HRD benefits; the distinction between HRD and HRM; the relationship between HRD and unitarism; and, the relationship between HRD and organisational and learning cultures. From a critical modernist perspective, it is argued that these can only be adequately addressed by taking a point of departure from the particular state of the capital-labour relation in time, place and space. HRD, of its nature, exists in a continuous state of dialectical tension between capital and labour - and there is much that critical scholarship has yet to do in informing practitioners about how they might manage and cope with such tension.

Keywords: capital-labour relation, critical modernism, critical theory, employment relation, HRD, human resource development

JEL Classification: D63, I20, J20, J24, J50, M12, M53

Suggested Citation

O'Donnell, David and McGuire, David and Cross, Christine, Critically Challenging Some Assumptions in Hrd (March 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=832564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.832564

David O'Donnell (Contact Author)

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David McGuire

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Christine Cross

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

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