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Learning and Talent Development

Learning and Talent Development

Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg

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Understand and critically evaluate a range of theories, concepts, approaches and methods relating to learning and talent development with this popular guide.

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About the book

Written for the CIPD Level 7 Advanced module of the same name, Learning and Talent Development combines a clear and concise structure and writing style with an academic and critical approach to the subject. It analyses and evaluates a range of learning and talent development theories and strategies so students can learn how to take the lead and confidently initiate, develop and implement these strategies, interventions and activities in the workplace.

Covering key topics such as the national and organizational context of learning and talent development, concepts related to individual and organizational learning and the functions associated with managing learning and talent development in the context of professional practice, Learning and Talent Development equips individuals to meet the expectations placed upon those performing specialist roles in developing others and is therefore also ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students of human resource management or business students taking a module in human resource development or learning and development. Online supporting resources include web links for each chapter, lecture slides and an instructor's manual complete with lecture handouts and additional case studies per chapter.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: The Nature, Purpose and Context of Learning and Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 01: Organising and Managing Learning and Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 02: International and National Contexts;
    • Chapter - 03: Various and Varying Organisation Contexts;
    • Chapter - 04: The Politics of Learning and Talent Development;
  • Section - TWO: The Process of Learning and Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 05: Individual and Organisation Learning in Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 06: Establishing Needs and Solutions to Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 07: Learning and Talent Development Practical Strategies;
  • Section - THREE: The Management of Learning and Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 08: Designing and Evaluating Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 09: Accessing and Managing Resources;
    • Chapter - 10: Ethics and Professionalism in Learning and Talent Development;
    • Chapter - 11: Doing a Student Research Project;
    • Chapter - 12: Conclusion


I like the short case studies which allow students to focus their attention on particular concepts. The longer case studies at the end of each chapter present more complex situations which students are likely to face in professional practice.
Alison Davies, BPP Business School, UK

Would I consider using this book as the core text for the Learning and Talent Development module? A categorical yes. This is a refreshing change from the other books available.The up-to-date and leading literature gives this text a great deal of academic kudos.
Gary Rees, Portsmouth Business School, UK

This is an excellent textbook that adopts a critically analytical and evaluative approach that enables student and practitioners to assess both contemporary and emerging trends and issues that shape the HR agenda. Its in-depth research, critical evaluation of models, tools and theories and, the application of these in practice, supported by case study research, is absolutely invaluable for students.
Tristan Callaghan, Senior Tutor, Acacia Learning


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9781843982500
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 13th January 2011
  • Paperback
  • Format: 245x189
  • 392 pages

About the Author

Jim Stewart is Professor of HRD at Liverpool Business School, UK. He is also Chief Examiner of Learning and Development for the CIPD as well as Visiting Panel Chair and External Moderator.

Clare Rigg lectures at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland.

Jim Stewart

Clare Rigg