An historical analysis of HRD knowledge A critical review of “The foreman: master and victim of doubletalk”

An historical analysis of HRD knowledge A critical review of “The foreman: master and victim of... Purpose – The purpose of this article is to analyze the historical development of HRD knowledge. The analysis aims to use the qualitative research technique of text deconstruction on an important management text from the human relations phase of organization theory. Deconstruction is not a common method to HRD. In this paper, HRD scholars interested in how HRD knowledge and theories are created are given this tool to expose implicit assumptions. Design/methodology/approach – The article uses text deconstruction, based on Bradshaw. Findings – The deconstruction identified several beliefs that suggest that Roethlisberger was operating from a masculine epistemological perspective. Two clusters of findings emerged: one cluster revolved around the role of the researcher, and the other cluster revolved around the role of gender. Research limitations/implications – Postpositivist perspectives on knowledge generation and theory building in HRD are limited. Post‐structural analyses need to be considered. Practical implications – The article exposes how a gendered history influenced HRD scholarship and practice, and provides suggestions for future scholarship and practice. Originality/value – Legitimizes text deconstruction as an integral research tool for HRD. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of European Industrial Training Emerald Publishing

An historical analysis of HRD knowledge A critical review of “The foreman: master and victim of doubletalk”

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0309-0590
DOI
10.1108/03090590810886553
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this article is to analyze the historical development of HRD knowledge. The analysis aims to use the qualitative research technique of text deconstruction on an important management text from the human relations phase of organization theory. Deconstruction is not a common method to HRD. In this paper, HRD scholars interested in how HRD knowledge and theories are created are given this tool to expose implicit assumptions. Design/methodology/approach – The article uses text deconstruction, based on Bradshaw. Findings – The deconstruction identified several beliefs that suggest that Roethlisberger was operating from a masculine epistemological perspective. Two clusters of findings emerged: one cluster revolved around the role of the researcher, and the other cluster revolved around the role of gender. Research limitations/implications – Postpositivist perspectives on knowledge generation and theory building in HRD are limited. Post‐structural analyses need to be considered. Practical implications – The article exposes how a gendered history influenced HRD scholarship and practice, and provides suggestions for future scholarship and practice. Originality/value – Legitimizes text deconstruction as an integral research tool for HRD.

Journal

Journal of European Industrial TrainingEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 25, 2008

Keywords: Gender; Human resource development; Knowledge management

References

  • Gendered rationality?? A genealogical exploration of the philosophical and sociological conceptions of rationality, masculinity and organization
    Ross‐Smith, A.; Kornberger, M.
  • Images and ideals of managerial work: a critical examination of conceptual and empirical accounts
    Willmott, H.

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