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Subject HRD education in Hungary
> Outine of presentation by Maria Cseh
Discussion Hedley Malloch
    Who is driving these HRD programmes? Where do the ideas of the programmes come from?

Maria Cseh
    This is why we are so interested in looking at the specific topics they incorporate in their curriculum. We have noticed that they are influenced by the Anglo-Saxon and American literature. If you look at the materials and read some of the books or studies you will find all the big names that appear in the United States and the UK, and a bit from Germany - that's about it in the literature.

Magdolna Benke
    Which elements of HRD we had before 1989 could be transferred to the new system?

Maria Cseh, Béla Krisztián, Zsolt Nemeskéri
    Specifically, we can think of the management/ leadership development programmes that existed before; these were quite advanced. A lot of ideas from the Anglo-Saxon and American know-how were incorporated in these earlier programmes and some of them are  used in today’s management/leadership development. 
    The new organisations that invested in Hungary brought with them their own systems, so you didn't have too much of a choice of a Hungarian approach. Because this is the way in which the global organisations operate all around the world: they are going to invest in a country, and they bring with them their own systems.
We now have studies about cultural differences à la Hofstede and so on, and we are trying, when we work with organisations that are investing in Hungary, to understand these patterns, the typologies of cultural differences.

Source Recording of discussion at the HRD conference in Leeds, May 2005 (see proceedings).
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