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International Human Resource Development

International Human Resource Development

Learning, Education and Training for Individuals and Organizations

John P. Wilson


International Human Resource Development is the ideal handbook for all professional trainers and provides core information needed by all professional students of this subject.

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About the book

International Human Resource Development provides thought-provoking questions and stimulating answers to key issues in human resource development today, putting HRD in its strategic organizational context and examining in depth the process of learning from different perspectives.

This third edition provides a thorough exploration of international human resource development, and has been completely updated and revised with a variety of case studies and contributions from a range of HR development experts, making it the most topical book in this field. It also addresses the increasingly important area of knowledge management, incorporating learning and development.

Clearly structured and mapped against the current Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) standards, this comprehensive handbook covers each aspect of the training cycle, including the role and identification of learning, training and development needs in organizations, working in multicultural and multilingual settings, learning and competitive strategy, planning and design, delivering effective training programmes, assessment and evaluation, international development and managing the human resource function.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: International human resource development and learning;
    • Chapter - 01: International human resource development – John P Wilson;
    • Chapter - 02: Strategic human resource development – Thomas N Garavan and Ronan Carbery;
    • Chapter - 03: What is learning? – John P Wilson;
  • Section - TWO: Organizational learning;
    • Chapter - 04: Change management and organization development – John P Wilson;
    • Chapter - 05: Knowledge management – Eduardo Tomé;
  • Section - THREE: National and international learning, education, training and human resource development;
    • Chapter - 06: National systems of education – John P Wilson;
    • Chapter - 07: UK vocational education and training – John P Wilson;
    • Chapter - 08: European vocational education and training – Martin Mulder;
    • Chapter - 09: National human resource development strategies: comparing Brazil, Russia, India and China – Alexandre Ardichvili, Elena K Zavyalova and Vera N Minina;
    • Chapter - 10: International development: policy learning as an approach to VET reform in transition and development countries – Sören Nielsen and Madlen Serban;
    • Chapter - 11: Capacity development and human resource development – Dalia Al-Zendi and John P Wilson;
  • Section - FOUR: The training cycle;
  • Section - FOUR A: Identification of learning needs;
    • Chapter - 12: The identification of learning needs – Richard Palmer, Allan Claudius Queiroz Barbosa, Leandro Pinheiro Cintra, Junia Marcal Rodrigues and Juliana Barbosa e Oliveira;
  • Section - FOUR B: IDesign;
    • Chapter - 13: Designing learning events – David Simmonds;
    • Chapter - 14: Working in multicultural and multilingual environments: HRD professionals as learning and change agents in the global workplace – Maria Cseh and Beatriz Coningham;
  • Section - FOUR C: IDelivery;
    • Chapter - 15: Delivering training – John Kirkham and Jacqueline Pattison;
    • Chapter - 16: Informal, non-formal and work-based methods of learning – Jacqueline Pattison, John Kirkham and Mariana Gabriela Hudrea;
    • Chapter - 17: Coaching and mentoring – Stephanie T Sturges;
  • Section - FOUR D: Evaluation;
    • Chapter - 18: Assessment and evaluation – Tanuja Agarwala;
  • Section - FIVE: Managing HRD;
    • Chapter - 19: Leadership and management development – Ronan Carbery and Thomas N Garavan;
    • Chapter - 20: Managing human resource development functions and services – Barney Erasmus and Pieter Loedolff;
    • Chapter - 21: HRD practice and research: investigating business issues through applied social science research – K Peter Kuchinke;
    • Chapter - 22: HRD and consultancy – Kiran Trehan and Clare Rigg;
    • Chapter - 23: Learning spaces that change people and organizations – Colin Beard and Ilfryn Price;
    • Chapter - 24: HRD and business ethics – Alexandre Ardichvili and Douglas Jondle


Overall this looks a very promising publication with 24 both interesting and relevant chapters and is probably the best book available in the UK for domestic HRD practitioners, academics and students.
David E Williams, Programme Leader- MA Personnel and Development, University of Greenwich

I would wholeheartedly recommend this third edition of International Human Resource Development to any student, professional HRM / HRD colleague or manager interested in the local, national and international arena of learning and development.
Dean Horsman, Senior Lecturer and Director of the NHS Trainee Scheme, MA in Human Resource Management, Leeds Business School

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749461065
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 3rd October 2012
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 240x170
  • 536 pages

About the Author

John P Wilson is a researcher and consultant with 40 years' experience in education and training, working with a range of international organizations. He currently teaches at the University of Oxford and the University of Sheffield. He is also Director of the EU Commission project Call Centre Training and Knowledge Transfer. He is the author of The Call Centre Training Handbook and Experiential Learning (both also published by Kogan Page).

John P. Wilson