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Analysing HRD research in the UK research excellence framework

Stewart, J and Sambrook, S (2019) Analysing HRD research in the UK research excellence framework. Human Resource Development International (RHRD), 22 (2). pp. 140-157. ISSN 1367-8868

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Abstract

The state of Human Resource Development (HRD) research can be assessed in various ways. This paper presents a descriptive analysis of HRD in the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), establishing how it is represented within the UK’s national research assessment system. HRD is a relatively new field of study in the UK, and globally, but features in many business schools. HRD is represented in the REF mainly in the Unit of Assessment (UOA) 19–Business and Management Studies, and specifically under the sub- theme: management development and management education. We determine the extent to which HRD research has been included in REF2014 by identifying the number of institutions submitting HRD research outputs and HRD impact case studies in UOA19. We also identify the types of outputs and number of HRD journals included in submissions. Our analyses suggest that most institutions submitted HRD outputs, amounting to around 4% of the total and the majority were published in non-HRD journals. We challenge the widespread use of the ‘ABS list’ to rate/select submitted outputs, identify implications for a range of stakeholders in HRD and offer recommendations for further research.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Human Resource Development International (RHRD) on 27/02/19, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13678868.2019.1567209
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 11:02
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 11:02
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1567209
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11525

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