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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.