learning, human resource development and well being in the workplace
Tikkanen, Rogaland Research, Norway
paper aims to contribute to the theoretical-conceptual discussion on workplace
learning and HRD. Building on a broad concept of workplace well-being the
paper suggests a cohesive framework for the research and practice of workplace
learning and development of human resources and proposes that synergies
between these fields should be better acknowledged. Three major concerns
behind the proposition will be described and discussed: a taken-for-granted
approach to adult learning in the current discourse on HRD, the fragmented
state of research and theory in work-place learning and development of
human resources, and the problems in the relationship between research,
policy and practice in these fields.
The paper will be divided into three parts. the first part describes the
proposed integrative model. The discussion in the second and third parts
builds argumentation for a need for more holistic thinking about learning
and working life development. The discussion shows, among other things,
that effort to promote multidisciplinary research have so far not quite
produced results in line with the expectations. The discussion in the paper
follows the critical line, emerging particularly within HRD. A question
to the promise and prospects of the 'holistic' alternatives will also be
posed. Finally, some comments will be targeted to the academia too, and
how its policies and traditions contribute to the picture of 'reality'
in regards to the topic in question.
presented at the 5th conference on human resource development research
and practice across Europe: International, comparative and cross-cultural
dimensions of HRD. University of Limerick, 27-28 May 2004 (Abstract; article
forthcoming in British Journal of Occupational Learning).