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HRD professional education provision in the UK: past, present and future

Harrison, PA, Tosey, P, Anderson, V and Elliott, C (2020) HRD professional education provision in the UK: past, present and future. Human Resource Development International. ISSN 1367-8868

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The professionalization of occupations has led to the increased demand for specialized knowledge in many fields, in response to which Higher Education (HE) institutions have provided professional education programmes. The purpose of this paper is to address a need for research into the history and current position of professional education in Human Resource Development (HRD) in the UK and to consider the problem of the extent to which HRD can be regarded as a profession. The paper reports findings from a mixed methods study comprising an audit of the postgraduate HRD programme provision in UK universities and a symposium at which the perspectives of key informants were captured. There is evidence of declining use of the term `HRD’ in programme titles, and of contestation and conflict between the professional education of HRD and Human Resource Management (HRM). The paper argues for regarding HRD as symbiotic in relation to HRM, rather than as a distinct profession. It identifies the implications of this conceptualization for professional education in the field and discusses the relevance of experience in the UK for HRD internationally.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Human Resource Development International on 9/7/2020, available online at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1775039
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Business & Management (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2020 09:50
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2022 00:50
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13678868.2020.1775039
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13287
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