Oceans and notions apart? An analysis of the US and European human resource development literature

Wasti, S. Arzu and Poell, Rob F. and Demircan Çakar, Nigar (2008) Oceans and notions apart? An analysis of the US and European human resource development literature. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 19 (12). pp. 2155-2170. ISSN 0958-5192

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A systematic content analysis of the human resource development (HRD) research published between 1990-2003 in prominent organization studies and HRD journals revealed notable differences in the underlying orientations and methodological approaches across the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. literature, in comparison to Europe, was observed to be more practice-oriented as reflected in a more prescriptive and less critical approach to the study of HRD. In terms of science orientation, the U.S. literature was characterized to be more nomothetic and universalistic. While a subtle tendency towards becoming more prescriptive emerged in the U.S., over time the European literature had become less practice-oriented and more empiricist, although the latter trend did not reflect itself in the quantity but quality of quantitative research.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: human resource development; research methods; scholarly publication
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Sabancı Business School
Depositing User: Arzu S. Wasti
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2009 12:00
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 08:28
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/11618

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