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Effective organizational vision: implications for human resource development

Rex D. Foster (University of Minnesota, Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Mesut Akdere (University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 6 March 2007



The purpose of this paper is to examine the existing literature related to organizational vision and discusses its potential implications for human resource development (HRD). Furthermore, the paper aims to provide a forum for debate on the utility and effectiveness of organizational vision and how it is related to HRD and strategic management.


Examination of the organizational vision literature revealed three commonly addressed themes: the visioning process; vision content selection; and vision implementation.

Practical implications

Implications of these findings for leadership and HRD are presented and include the role of HRD as a strategic partner in the visioning process and the role of leaders in advancing visioning efforts.


Goes some way to fulfilling the need for research in the area of organizational vision, particularly as it relates to leadership, motivation, strategy, and commitment.



Foster, R.D. and Akdere, M. (2007), "Effective organizational vision: implications for human resource development", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 100-111.



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