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The role of HRD in bridging the research-practice gap: the case of learning and development.

Ross, C, Nichol, L, Elliott, C, Sambrook, S and Stewart, J (2019) The role of HRD in bridging the research-practice gap: the case of learning and development. Human Resource Development International (RHRD). ISSN 1367-8868

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An enduring challenge for HRD is ensuring academic research achieves impact on professional practice. We have located this research within debates about the research-practice gap. To investigate this challenge, we analyse case studies of academic impact from all disciplines submitted to the United Kingdom’s 2014 research assessment exercise (REF 2014). We found that Learning and Development was a primary focus of significant number of impact case studies submitted across all disciplines compared to other areas of HR and HRD. We also found that Learning and Development was a key path to Impact. These findings reveal that Learning and Development in a work context plays a pivotal role in helping researchers irrespective of discipline achieve impact. Our findings therefore speak to the research-practice gap across academia. We conclude by considering the potential role for HRD in generating impact.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Resource Development International (RHRD) on 23/09/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13678868.2019.1667691
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 08:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 08:46
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1667691
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11459
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