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Best Books:

Aesthetics and Human Resource Development: Connections, Concepts and Opportunities, by Stephen Gibb

The first book to look at both aesthetics and human resource development, this timely and original work investigates existing, as well as possible future, connections and relations between the two areas. Well structured and expertly written, The Aesthetic Challenges of Human Resource Development…

Managing Performance Abroad : A New Model for Understanding Expatriate Adjustment, by Arno Haslberger, Chris Brewster, Thomas Hippler

In a global economy full of multinational firms, international human resource management (including expatriation, career management, and talent management) is a growing topic in the business and management literature and in universities. A thorough understanding of the adjustment of expatriates to….

Bridge Employment: A Research Handbook, Edited by Carlos-María Alcover, Gabriela Topa, Emma Parry, Franco Fraccaroli, Marco Depolo

With the long-term trend toward earlier retirement slowing, and the majority of older workers remaining in employment up to and beyond statutory retirement age, it is increasingly important that we understand how to react to these changes. Bridge employment patterns and activities have changed….

Science Fiction and Organization, Edited by Matthew Higgins, Geoff Lightfoot, Martin Parker, Warren Smith

Science fiction can be seen as a diagnosis of the present, and a vision of possible futures. It therefore provides an excellent resource with which to interrogate both contemporary organizing processes and organizations as institutions. The marginal activity of science fiction has, however, been….

Interpreting the Maternal Organization, Edited by Heather Höpfl, Monika Kostera

Over the past ten to fifteen years there has been an increasing interest in emotion in organizations, in diversity, ethics, care and the ubiquitous pursuit of quality. These concerns, however, have consistently been reduced to issues of management and regulation. There is now a growing need to….

HRD in a Complex World, Edited by Monica Lee

Human Resource Development in a Complex World presents a strong challenge to traditional Human Resource Development. Internationally renowned authors address HRD from within the notions and language of complexity, presenting multifaceted alternative perspectives to the current practice and theory…

Managing Healthy Organizations:Worksite Health Promotion and the New Self-Management Paradigm, By Mikael Holmqvist, Christian Maravelias

During the past two decades, corporate management has come to take an active role in health promotion programming for employees, offering health education, screenings, therapy, and even leisure initiatives. However, little attention has been given to how contemporary worksite health programs in…

New Frontiers in HRD, Edited by Monica Lee, Jim Stewart, Jean Woodall

Factors such as globalisation, restructuring, casualization of employment and the erosion of pension rights have led to massive tensions in contemporary organizations. By exploring the boundaries of the field of Human Resource Development this book asks where is HRD in the middle of all this and…

Management Development: Perspectives from Research and Practice, Edited by Rosemary Hill, Jim Stewart

Recognizing a significant need to continually update the current body of knowledge on management development with the latest innovations in high quality research and practice in various parts of the globe, this book provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date work on the state of research and...

Human Resource Development as We Know It: Speeches that Have Shaped the Field, Edited by Monica Lee

The field of Human Resource Development has developed largely through academics, scholars and reflective practitioners from across the world coming together. Many people link memorable keynote speeches to changes in their research, practice, career path or even life view. Good keynote speeches are….

Training and Development: Enhancing Communication and Leadership Skills, by Steven A. Beebe, Timothy P. Mottet and K. David Roach, 2012

Training and Development presents a step-by-step approach to developing training programs organized around the Needs-Centered model of training. This book suggests that every aspect of developing a training program should be based upon trainee needs. It includes application and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, offering readers the opportunity to put principles and skills to the test. It also provides readers with examples of needs assessment questionnaires, task analysis, training plans, and other tools that can be used as models when planning their own training programs.

Employee Development on a Shoestring, by Halelly Azulay, 2012
It has been estimated that 70 percent of employee development takes place through informal learning, rather than through formal learning events. Employee Development on a Shoestring offers insights and lessons for leveraging non-training activities for on-the-job employee development. It therefore offers specific implementation techniques for developing motivated, engaged employees in today’s “do more with less” business environment and acts as a tool kit for any employee developer including: Step-by-step guidance for initial goal-setting, templates, worksheets, checklists, ways to capitalize on development ideas that are easy to implement immediately and cheaply, and the hidden value of job rotation, stretch assignments, and special teams.

Telling Ain’t Training- 2nd Edition, by Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps, 2011
First published in 2002, this book is full of training myth-busting research and ready-to-use tools, delivered in a lighthearted and entertaining style. This new edition has been updated, expanded and enhanced to reflect almost a decade of progress. This is a book that faithfully practices what it preaches, engaging the reader from page one and immediately involving them in the first of many try-it-yourself exercises in learning.

Design For How People Learn (Voices That Matter), by Julie Dirksen , 2011
Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it’s not in our job descriptions. Whether it’s giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you’ve ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems. In this book the authors describe how we can all use the key principles behind learning, memory, and attention to create materials that enable an audience to both gain and retain the knowledge and skills being shared.

The Adult Learner, Seventh Edition, by Malcolm S. Knowles Ph.D., Richard A. Swanson Ph.D. and Elwood F. Holton III Ed.D, 2011
The late Malcolm S. Knowles, Ph.D., was one of the leading authorities on adult education in the second half of the twentieth century. He wrote the first major accounts of informal adult education and the history of adult education in the United States, authoring more than 200 articles and 18 books. He is famous for his adaptation of the theory of Andragogy as a conceptual basis for adult education and learning, and was a significant force in reorienting adult educators from ‘educating people’ to ‘helping them learn’. This update of a pioneering classic contains all Knowles’ original chapters alongside a newer second part by Elwood “Ed” Holton and Richard A Swanson charting the advancements on these core principles. A third section includes selected readings from previous editions to illustrate the theory’s evolution, as well as important articles from other key experts around the world for a comprehensive view.

The Learning and Development Book, by Tricia Emerson and Mary Stewart, 2011
This book was written for the experienced, L&D professionals looking for ways to be more effective. The insights in this book are meant to help when you feel stalled. This book gives you simple ideas and concepts to illustrate these needs and illuminate learning and development efforts for you, your clients, your teams and your company leadership. L&D is simple. Chapters are written to be short and easy to digest. Each contains just one “nugget of wisdom” from years of learning and development consulting experience. Each chapter is self-contained, so read one or read them all, in any order you like.

Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide, by Marjorie Vai and Kristen Sosulski, 2011
In spite of the proliferation of online learning in higher education, creating online courses can still evoke a good deal of frustration, negativity, and wariness in those who need to create them. Essentials of Online Course Design takes a fresh, thoughtfully designed, step-by-step approach to online course development. At its core is a set of standards that are based on best practices in the field of online learning and teaching. Pedagogical, organizational and visual design principles are presented and modeled throughout the book and users will quickly learn from the guide’s hands-on approach. The course design process begins with the elements of a classroom syllabus which, after a series of guided steps, easily evolve into an online course

The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education, by Karl M. Kapp, 2011
Learning professionals are finding success applying game-based sensibilities to the development of instruction. This book shows how to design online instruction that leverages the best elements of online games to increase learning, retention, and application. It explains how to match different game strategies to types of learning content for the right learning outcome and discusses how gamification techniques can be used in a variety of settings to improve learning, retention and application of knowledge. Supported by peer-reviewed studies and examples from corporations who have adopted game-based learning successfully, the book illustrates how combining instructional design thinking with game concepts can create engaged and interactive learning experiences across a variety of media, from online to face-to-face.

Training on Trial: How Workplace Learning Must Reinvent Itself to Remain Relevant, by James and Wendy Kirkpatrick, 2010
While upbeat lingo abounds about ‘complementing strategic objectives’ and ‘driving productivity’, the fact is that most training does not make a significant enough impact on business results, and when it does, training professionals fail to make a convincing case about the value added to the bottom line. The vaunted ‘business partnership model’ has yet to be realized – and in tough economic times, when the training budget is often the first to be cut, training is on trial for its very existence. Using a courtroom trial as a metaphor, “Training on Trial” seeks to get to the truth about why training fails and puts the business partnership model to work for real. Readers on both sides of the ‘courtroom’ will learn how to stop viewing training as a cost center, and bridge the gulf between what learning functions deliver and what business units need to execute their strategies. “Training on Trial” provides a new application of the Kirkpatrick Four – ‘Level Evaluation Model and many tips and techniques that allow lessons learned to be put into action now.

The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning: How to Turn Training and Development into Business Results, by Calhoun W. Wick, Roy V. H. Pollock and Andy Jefferson, 2010
Whether you’re an HR or OD professional or work in a training department, learn to apply the principles of follow-through management within your organization in the new edition of this bestselling resource. Incorporating new research on learning and learning transfer, along with new case studies, interviews, and tools, this edition shares guidelines, proven in practice by many Fortune 500 companies, on how to design comprehensive learning experiences in leadership and management, sales, quality, performance improvement, and professional certification. You’ll discover the theories and principles underlying the approach, as well as the practical methods, tools, and roadmaps for bridging the “knowing-doing” gap.




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