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John Sinclair and David Collins

Discusses the major difficulties facing human resource developmentin organizations with respect to the role of training and developmentpersonnel who are seen to have been…

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Discusses the major difficulties facing human resource development in organizations with respect to the role of training and development personnel who are seen to have been forced into a reactive position by senior management dictates. Gives an overview of the failure to deliver appropriate training and development and the lack of real commitment to HRD. Puts forward the need for a new kind of training and development professional and the key issues that need to be addressed.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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R.K. Auluck

This paper seeks to study the changing role of training and development over a seven‐year period.

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Purpose

This paper seeks to study the changing role of training and development over a seven‐year period.

Design/methodology/approach

Quantitative analysis; comparative analysis of 763 training and development/HRD job advertisements featured over a seven month‐period in 1996‐1997 and in 2003‐2004.

Findings

Change in the training and development role has been patchy and not as extensive as some of the literature has suggested.

Research limitations/implications

The study was confined to training and development/HRD job advertisements from one, albeit leading, UK HR magazine and only allowed a seven‐year gap between the two sets of data gathered. It would have been interesting to have analysed job advertisements from multiple sources and over a longer period of time, and to have had a ten‐year gap between the two sets of data. However, the data gathering was a very time‐consuming process which limited the scope of the data gathered.

Practical implications

Practitioners need to consider how the training and development/HRD role is represented to the external world and the implications this has for the perceived image of the profession. Further, given the amount of resources invested in the recruitment process, those compiling job advertisements need to take care to ensure that the final product accurately reflects what is required of the post and incorporates any changes to the role over time.

Originality/value

First study to use training and development/HRD job advertisements to examine the ways in which the role of training and development has changed.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Garrett J. Endres and Brian H. Kleiner

Successfully measuring effectiveness in management training anddevelopment can be a difficult task. Design of a valid measurementprogramme should include evaluation in key…

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Successfully measuring effectiveness in management training and development can be a difficult task. Design of a valid measurement programme should include evaluation in key areas; including emotional reaction and knowledge gain measured after training interventions. Behavioural change and organisational impact measurements should be used on a longer time horizon to evaluate the progress and currency of the management development programme. Finally, research shows that maintaining a balance of the above measurements is the final key to success in measuring the effectiveness of management training and development.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 14 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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JAG Jones

The Industrial Training Service was established in 1960 to influence ideas about training at national level and to help put them into practice. This has always been the…

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The Industrial Training Service was established in 1960 to influence ideas about training at national level and to help put them into practice. This has always been the background against which ITS in‐company work or individual training and development programmes have been conducted. The Industrial Training Service thus has been one of the links between the realities of day‐to‐day work carried out in organisations, and the thinking at national level, which guides the policies and practices of training and human resource development. This article describes how the development of the ITS over the past 20 years has paralleled the evolution of training in the UK. It describes a working model which has guided its development and uses it to make some analysis and prediction for the next 20 years.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 12 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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Thomas N. Garavan

Reports empirical evidence on stakeholders′ perceptions vis‐à‐vis the HRD function. Examines both internal andexternal HRD stakeholder groups and identifies their…

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Reports empirical evidence on stakeholders′ perceptions vis‐à‐vis the HRD function. Examines both internal and external HRD stakeholder groups and identifies their expectations, values, beliefs and evaluation criteria as they relate to the HRD function within the organization.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 19 no. 10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Thomas N. Garavan

The idea that learning is a natural human activity which takes place in a relatively non‐contrived way as part of everyday life has, in the author's experience, been lost…

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The idea that learning is a natural human activity which takes place in a relatively non‐contrived way as part of everyday life has, in the author's experience, been lost when one considers the present state of training and development in many modern organisations. While it is accepted that some contrivance of the learning activity is necessary in order to make it more effective, there has been something of an obsession amongst trainers and consultants to come up with new methods and approaches, rather than concentrating on helping people to learn. Furthermore, the training function has tended not to emphasise the important role that the line manager plays in the development activity within the modern organisation. This may have arisen because the training function wanted to demonstrate ownership and establish a power base within the organisation; however, centralised ownership of training and development does not lend itself to the promotion and undertaking of non‐contrived on‐the‐job/natural development activities.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 11 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Nicola Mindell

Reports that most organizations see training and development as theprovince of the human resource department. Proposes that responsibilityfor this should be placed in the…

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Reports that most organizations see training and development as the province of the human resource department. Proposes that responsibility for this should be placed in the hands of the line manager. Investigates how the responsibility for training and development can be successfully transferred to the line manager. Concludes with a series of key learning points which help in the implementation of this strategy.

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Management Development Review, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0962-2519

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Robert S. Bussom, Hussein Elsaid, John R. Schermerhorn and Harold K. Wilson

Most organised development efforts in developing countries have historically focused on health care, food sufficiency, infrastructure, or technical and vocational training

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Most organised development efforts in developing countries have historically focused on health care, food sufficiency, infrastructure, or technical and vocational training. However, the need to enhance concurrently managerial and organisational capabilities has been increasingly recognised. This is currently being addressed in many developing countries through formal management development projects sponsored both locally and by such external agencies as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank, among others. As interest grows in effectively accomplishing planned management development in such settings, and as the magnitude of resource commitments to development projects increases from local and international sources, there is a corresponding need for guidelines on how to do these development activities well in the settings of third world countries. The purpose of this paper is to suggest a comprehensive design for management and organisation development that incorporates learning from the author's experiences with a three‐year middle management training project conducted in Egypt.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 3 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Andrew Smith

The purpose of this paper is to examine the statistical evidence for the extent of employer training in Australia and analyse this information in the light of three major…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the statistical evidence for the extent of employer training in Australia and analyse this information in the light of three major qualitative projects that have been undertaken into employer training since the mid‐1990s.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reports an analysis of the major statistical databases on employer training in Australia and also draws evidence from three major projects that used a case study method in their qualitative phases.

Findings

The paper finds that assumptions about low levels of employer training expenditure in Australia are not supported by the available statistical data. The three qualitative projects examined also support the conclusion that Australian enterprises are increasing both the quality and quality of the training they provide to their employees.

Research limitations/implications

The research projects reported in this paper were completed during the period 1994‐2004.

Practical implications

The paper concludes that the research evidence supports an increasing quality and quantity of training in Australian enterprises. In recent years this increase in training activity has been partly driven by government policies aimed at making nationally recognised training more available to employers and employees.

Originality/value

The paper counters the prevailing assumptions about the quality and quality of training provided by Australian employers and shows that carefully framed government policy can have a major effect on the level of employer investment in training.

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Education + Training, vol. 48 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Giuseppe Tacconi, Vidmantas Tūtlys, Marco Perini and Genute Gedvilienė

The present study aims to reveal common and diverging trends in the development of pedagogical competences of vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers…

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Purpose

The present study aims to reveal common and diverging trends in the development of pedagogical competences of vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers in Italy and Lithuania.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured survey was administered to Italian and Lithuanian teachers. The collected data were analysed and compared.

Findings

Results show that there are many common challenges and problems in the development of pedagogical competencies of the VET teachers in both countries; e.g.: the marginalisation of the VET teacher's work and working conditions, especially the dissatisfying wages and poor career opportunities, and the absent or weak institutionalisation of the VET teacher's qualifications and training.

Originality/value

The emerged results can be useful for directors of VET-centres and VET-schools to manage training and pedagogical growth of teachers both in Italy and in Lithuania. Moreover, the outputs can be considered as a set of suggestions also by the policymakers both at national and European level.

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European Journal of Training and Development, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2046-9012

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