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Human Resources Development: Annotated Bibliography

Garavan, T. N., McGuire, D., & Lee, M. (2015). Reclaiming the “D” in HRD: A typology of development conceptualizations, antecedents, and outcomes. Human Resource Development Review, 14(4), 359-388.

The authors review the extant body of literature, understanding, and knowledge on human resources development so as to develop a typology for focusing future investigations and studies. Moreover, the author proposes a development typology, and also acknowledge four types of development, and, after that, articulates the fundamental hypotheses, antecedents and results linked to the four types of human resources development.

The authors of the article state that, in spite of being perceived as a key construct at the core of human resource development, substantial intricacy, misunderstanding, and uncertainty subsist with regards to development conceptualization. The concept of development has drawn increasing interest from a broader range of fields that include Human Resources Development, psychology, management studies, organizational theory and adult education. This has, therefore, resulted in minimal constancy in the conceptualization, comprehension, and testing of development.

Rauch, A., Frese, M., & Utsch, A. (2005). Effects of human capital and long‐term human resources development and utilization on employment growth of small‐scale businesses: A causal analysis 1. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 29(6), 681-698.

In this article, the authors attempt at exploring the way three distinct human resources variables impact the employment growth of small business enterprises, which include the human resources development and use, business owners’ human capital and workers’ human capital. The authors suggest diverse models of how human resource variables affect business results. Further, the authors carry out a study and collect data from 119 German business owners. This information offers support for the major effect model demonstrating the development of the business owners’ human capital and workers’ human resource. Moreover, the authors stated that the human resources development and use were only effective in the instances where the workers’ human capital was high. Lastly, the authors concluded by noting that the human resources are the vital aspects in the prediction of small-scale enterprises’ growth.