I close by thanking again our speakers for stimulating such a lively discussion.
Thank you too to all of those who contributed with comments, arguments
and questions. I certainly enjoyed the session and my impression is that
all of you did too.
It is an impossible job to summarise or to draw any clear conclusions from
our discussion. It seems apparent that many people share the views of our
speakers that single models do not exist in either Europe or the USA. I
was also struck though by some of the references to postmodernism in the
debate. If I am allowed to express a personal view; and since I am the
Chair of the session I grant myself permission!; I do think we can reach
a post-modern like conclusion by asserting three things to be true. First,
there is no such thing as an American model of HRD. Second, there is no
such thing as a European model of HRD. And third, they are very different!
Thank you all again.
of the author; recording of the session 'HRD Practice: A comparison of
European and US models' held at the HRD conference in Edinburgh, January
2002 (see proceedings).