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What Is Human Resource Development

– Posted in: HR Management, HR Training Courses Blog, HRD

Understanding what is human resource development and its definition

Ask a group of people what is human resource development and you will get a range of answers. Which is the right answer is not clear. Depending on where you look for information you will get various answers.


At the HR Training Courses website we think of it as the future of human resources and not what is happening on a day to day basis throughout business today. It is very much the way forward and the complex route to getting there.

Even the teaching of human resource development, or HRD as it is often called, is not really the way it is utilized in corporate organizations and businesses. The theories and practice are not in compliance and that is something particular to human resources practices.

Businesses have production processes and administration procedures

Perhaps one problem causing misunderstanding of how to define HRD is that it relates more to administration than production matters and has a strategic function for the future.

It does not get involved in day to day administrative clerical processes but is more concerned with people relationship performance and development. One suggestion made recently was to re-name human resource development to become human relations management.

It has even been suggested that the HRD personnel do not always understand its strategic role for the future. It is claimed that when they do get to grips with what human resource development really is the HR managers see improvements in planning, better coordination, smoother implementation of plans, elevated productivity and general effectiveness.

Problems in setting a human resource development definition

From what you've read above you will understand some of the difficulties in giving a clear human resource development definition.

Businesses and their leaders need to move forward and take on board some of the newer concepts and ideas for HRD in the future. Only then will a definition be possible that all HR people will understand, be happy with and use in its correct form.

Perhaps there might then be a new and clearly defined specialization of human resource development management. It will be staffed by people who understand the importance of human resource development. They will build its involvement within businesses and be able to show the tangible results generated. And, most importantly, they will know business succeeds not simply on human resources but on human relationships.

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