Metaphors and Paradigms for HRD Research and Practice

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The problem and the solution. HRD research and practice rest on fundamental assumptions about the nature of organizations and the individuals within them.Where HRD professionals are aware of these deeply held beliefs,their range of understanding and options for practice increases.Can metaphors help HRD professionals by providing a window onto this realm of paradigms that shape HRD research and practice? This chapter extends the discussion of metaphor by describing and contrasting alternative paradigms,illustrating the implication for the role and function of HRD, and highlighting the potential for using metaphors to identify and change paradigms-in-use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)366-378
Number of pages13
JournalAdvances in Developing Human Resources
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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