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The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Development

The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Development

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September 2024 | 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Development offers a comprehensive exploration of the evolving landscape of HRD, serving as both an orientation to the profession and an analytical examination of HRD as a field of study and research. The handbook addresses key questions, such as the state of HRD globally, its changes over the past decade, and the foundational philosophies and values shaping research and practice in HRD.


Across eight sections, the handbook covers foundational aspects, theoretical influences, learning and workforce development, talent and career development, leadership and organizational development, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, technology-enhanced HRD, and emerging issues and future directions. Each section provides insights into diverse topics ranging from workplace learning, action learning, and employee engagement to social media, artificial intelligence, and future trends.


With contributions from scholars across the globe, the handbook reflects the global nature of HRD, making it applicable to academic programs worldwide. Designed for academics, graduate students, HR leaders, executives, managers, and consultants, this handbook stands out with its diverse perspectives and insights, making it an indispensable guide for those seeking a deep understanding of the dynamic field of Human Resource Development.




Neal Chalofsky and R. Wayne Pace
Chapter 1: History of Human Resource Development (HRD)
K. Peter Kuchinke and Monica M. Lee
Chapter 2: The Development of HRD as a Field
Monica M. Lee
Chapter 3: Philosophical Foundations of HRD
Thomas G. Reio
Chapter 4: Psychology as a Theoretical Foundation of Human Resource Development
Amin Alizadeh and Darlene F. Russ-Eft
Chapter 5: Ethics and the Workplace
Lorenzo Bowman and Debaro Huyler
Chapter 6: Legal Issues Informing Human Resource Development Work
Sally Sambrook and Jim Stewart
Chapter 7: Critical HRD
Stephanie Sisco, Russell Korte and Joshua C. Collins
Chapter 8: The role of social identity theory in human resource development
Adele Bezuidenhout
Chapter 9: Positive Psychology as a Theoretical Framework for Human Resource Development
Eugene Sadler-Smith
Chapter 10: The Learning Ecosystem of Organizations
Meera Alagaraja & Jia Wang
Chapter 11: National Human Resource Development
J.B. Jordan, Darlene Russ-Eft and Ghassan Ibrahim
Chapter 12: HRD Evaluation: Beyond Kirkpatrick
Dr Jenni Jones, Prof Jim Stewart, Dr Sally Kah, Prof Bob Hamlin, Prof Rob Poell, Dr Henriette Lundgren, Dr Ellen Scully-Russ
Chapter 13: HRD Practitioner Roles in Organizations: Challenges, Congruence and Changes
Rob F. Poell
Chapter 14: Workplace Learning
Yonjoo Cho and Toby Egan
Chapter 15: Action Learning Research and Practice: An Informed Outlook
Piet Van den Bossche
Chapter 16: Team Learning & Development
Sunyoung Park and Eunjee Kim
Chapter 17: Organizational Unlearning in Human Resource Development
Claire Gubbins and Jennifer A. Kennedy
Chapter 18: Knowledge “Management”: Focusing on Tacit Knowledge Circulation & Learning
Ciara Nolan
Chapter 19: Rebalancing the Agenda: Employee Perspectives of HRD in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Kristin Frady
Chapter 20: Workforce Development: A Nexus Between Human Resource Development and Career and Technical Education
Fredrick Muyia Nafukho, Walid El Mansour and Huyen Thi Minh Van
Chapter 21: The Fourth and Fifth Industrial Revolutions: HRD’s Role in Preparing Graduates for Future Work
Michael Kirchner and Susan Yelich Biniecki
Chapter 22: Employee Onboarding
Rajashi Ghosh and Andrea D. Ellinger
Chapter 23: Coaching and Mentoring
Cory J. Wicker, Christopher L. Harrington, Tomika W. Greer, H. Quincy Brown
Chapter 24: Apprenticeship and Internship Programs: Developing Careers, Organizations, Talent, and the Workforce
Henriette Lundgren, Linda Hite and Kim McDonald
Chapter 25: The Next Evolution of Career Development: Sustainability and Collaboration
Lonneke Frie, Ellen Sjoer, Beatrice Van der Heijden and Hubert Korzilius
Chapter 26: Fostering Career Sustainability: Renewal Bundles of HR/D Practices for Flexpertise Development
Barbara A.W. Eversole, Cindy L. Crowder and Sunny L. Munn
Chapter 27: Work-Life and HRD
Michael Lane Morris and Jules Morris
Chapter 28: Human Centered Leadership
Robert G. Hamlin and Taran Patel
Chapter 29: Failure of Leadership and Management Development Initiatives: The case for evidence-based practice
Jae Young Lee and Brad Shuck
Chapter 30: Employee Engagement in the HRD Field: Concepts, Theoretical Models, and Implications
Ronald L. Jacobs and Candace Flatt
Chapter 31: Developing Employee Resilience through Human Resource Development
Jaap Boonstra
Chapter 32: Organizational development and change: Cornerstones and future perspectives
Kibum Kwon and Seung Won Yoon
Chapter 33: Core HRD Practices: What HRD Professionals Actually Do in Contemporary Organizations
Christine Kennedy and Thomas G. Reio, Jr.
Chapter 34: Preventing Workplace Mistreatment and Injury: Incivility, Bullying, and Violence
Dae Seok Chai and Sunyoung Park
Chapter 35: HRD in the Cross-Cultural Context
Gary N. McLean and Ekta Sharma
Chapter 36: Interconnectedness of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability
Tom Garavan, Lyle Yorks and Fergal O’Brien
Chapter 37: The Strength of the Business Case for SHRD in Organizations
Marilyn Y. Byrd
Chapter 38: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Creating Learning Interventions for Social Change
Jeremy W. Bohonos and Juanita Johnson-Bailey
Chapter 39: History of Human Resource Development: Foregrounding Race and Connections to Adult Education
Laura L. Bierema, Tomika W. Greer, Weixin He and Eunbi Sim
Chapter 40: Feminist HRD Research: Shifting from Gender Binary to Gender Diversity
Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Nisha Manikoth and Marcia Hagen
Chapter 41: Multiple Generations in the Workforce: Blessing, Curse, or Conundrum?
Nick Rumens, Ciarán McFadden and Julie Gedro
Chapter 42: HRD Research on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer* Workplace Issues and Topics: Why There is Still Much More Work to be Done
Greg Procknow, Dave Silberman and Tonette S. Rocco
Chapter 43: The Complex Social Nature of the ‘Disabled’ Phenomenon
Mari Cseh, Oliver S. Crocco, Chilanay Safarli and Jessica Hinshaw
Chapter 44: Indigenous Human Resource Development
John Dirkx, Sara Bano, Davin Carr-Chellman and Michael Kroth
Chapter 45: Spirituality of Work-Related Learning: Self-Formation to Enchantment - Pushing the Boundaries
Elisabeth E. Bennett
Chapter 46: Social Media and HRD: Powerful Tools and Dark Patterns
Oleksandra Poquet, Maarten De Laat, Allison Littlejohn, & Eileen Kennedy
Chapter 47: Learning Analytics and the Workplace: Developing People and Organizations with Data
Seung Won Yoon & Caleb Seung-hyun Han
Chapter 48: People Analytics and Human Resource Development
Roland K. Yeo, Karen Vollum-Dix & Jessica Li
Chapter 49: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning In the Changing Landscape of Work
Marie-Line Germain, Jan Maarten Schraagen, & Jurriaan Van Diggelen
Chapter 50: The Future of HRD in the Era of Artificial Intelligence: AI as an Assistant to HRD Functions
Jon M. Werner
Chapter 51: The C.A.S.E. for HR: Practices and pillars of human resource management and development
Tam To Phuong, Gary N. McLean and Thi Thu Huyen-Nguyen
Chapter 52: Faculty Development Research and Practice: Partnering with Human Resource Development
Sarah Minnis, Debaro Huyler and Michael Kirchner
Chapter 53: The Essentialness of Scholar-Practitioners
Kate Black and Russell Warhurst
Chapter 54: A Question of Identity: a theoretical understanding of HRD
Emily Yarrow and Valerie Anderson
Chapter 55: The Future of HRD in a changing, complex, and ambiguous world
Rob F. Poell, Joseph W. M. Kessels, M. Lane Morris and Tonette S. Rocco
Chapter 56: Epilogue: an ongoing search for drivers and conditions of human resource development

This volume gives comprehensive coverage to focuses for and practices of HRD, from a distinguished collection of contributors, representing excellence in this field. This makes it an excellent and necessary text for students of, practitioners in and scholars of HRD.

Stephen Billett
Professor of Adult and Vocational Education, Griffith University, Australia Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

So much has changed in the last 10 years and the diverse collection of authors and chapters assembled here meet the resulting challenge to our field. In addition to updated foundational chapters, Rocco, Morris, and Poell’s team offer insights on technology, incivility, diversity, analytics, and more. This volume is a must have for updating the professional expertise of academics and practitioners alike.

Kenneth G. Brown
Tippie Children Professor of Management, College of Business, University of Iowa, United States, APA and APS Fellow

Given the relentless pace of change in the world of work, the importance and status of human resource development is on the rise and its centrality to the delivery of organizational and societal objectives is without doubt. In the Sage Handbook of Human Resource Development Tonette Rocco, Lane Morris, and Rob Poell assemble leading global contributors to map the current contours of the field and chart the key questions which we should consider in moving the field forward. The Handbook is impressive for its breath of coverage topically, theoretically, and geographically. I highly recommend it for any researcher or reflective practitioner seeking a state-of-the-art overview of the field of HRD.

David Collings
Professor of Sustainable Business, Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

I know of no single resource that rivals the Handbook for covering both the breadth and depth of the HRD field. Its editors and authors are to be congratulated. The Handbook truly constitutes a ‘one stop shop’ for developing an understanding all things HRD. In a single comprehensive volume, it addresses the field’s historical development and theoretical foundations, key field components such as adult education, workplace based workforce development, career development, organizational development, and leadership, and opens readers’ mind and imagination to emerging issues and future direction in domains as varied as how AI is both disrupting and enhancing HRD practice and how DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) focused HRD research informs HRD practice.

Stephen Mangum
Dean and Stokely Foundation Leadership Chair, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, United States

The Handbook features the perspectives of well-known established and emerging HRD scholars from around the world. It provides a comprehensive review of HRD including its foundations, current trends, practices, and research findings shaping the discipline as well as emerging issues influencing its future. As a result, it is a “must-read” for HRD academics, practitioners, and students.

Raymond A. Noe
Robert & Anne Hoyt Designated Professor of Management, Fisher School of Business, The Ohio State University, United States

Tonette S. Rocco

Tonette S. Rocco is a Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, Florida International University. She is Editor-in-Chief of New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development and serves on a dozen editorial boards. She is one of only twenty-five Houle Scholars from the U.S., a member of the 2016 class of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, 2016 Outstanding HRD Scholar and recipient of more than 35 awards for scholarship, mentoring, and service. She has published eleven books and 300 articles, chapters, and papers. More About Author

Michael Lane Morris

Michael Lane Morris is the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs and the Fisher Professor of Innovation in the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee. Dr. Morris received his Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee and has completed executive education coursework on Adaptive Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a continual student of Human Centered Design & Leadership and has completed multiple certifications of coursework through IDEO.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry/Biology, as well as, a Master’s degree with emphasis in leadership, development, and... More About Author

Rob F. Poell

Rob F. Poell is Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Department of HR Studies at Tilburg University, Netherlands. His interests include: workplace learning, continuing professional development, team/organizational learning, learning organizations, and knowledge hiding. Besides 80 book chapters, he has published over 150 articles in high-ranking HRD, HRM, management, and organization journals (e.g., Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Teaching and Teacher Education, International Journal of Project Management, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of... More About Author

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