agenda in Europe
of the European agenda of HRD, based on the evaluation of papers presented
at the conference on HRD research and practice across Europe, Kingston
Business School, London, 15 January 2000
diverse range of contributions to the conference on HRD research and practice
across Europe, held at Kingston Business School in 2000 (Conference 2000),
indicate the breadth of the HRD agenda in Europe. The following common
themes may be identified:
Europe is a much more 'fuzzy' concept than is understood within the USA.
There are no recognisable boundaries, and the disciplinary base is not
confined to areas such as systems theory, labour economics, organisation
development, adult education, etc.
in Europe welcomes a wide range of research designs and methodologies.
tradition of critically reflective discourse that seeks to explore and
challenge concepts and frameworks is also present in European HRD research.
is an acute awareness that many of the established prescriptions of professional
practice (e.g. competencies, mentoring, strategic integration of HRD, HRD
practitioner skills and roles) are not wholly adequate and require adaptation
to cultural circumstances.
learning in organisations is less about adhering to formal procedures for
design, delivery, etc. of instruction, and increasingly about creating
the environmental conditions (including building trust, fostering networks,
and working with a range of stakeholders) within which learning can take
agenda; concept of HRD; critically reflective discourse; professional practice;
environmental conditions for learning
et al. 2001a, pp. 350f.