Human resource development ‐ a contingency function? (Whatever happened to theory Y?)

Human resource development ‐ a contingency function? (Whatever happened to theory Y?) Argues that much of what has been taught in recent years on human resource management ignores the reality of globalization. Deregulation and new technology have shifted power to the employer, leaving sellers of labour competing in a buyers’ market: labour is divided into a core élite, necessary to corporate strategy, a highly skilled second rank, probably self employed, and “the rest”. Contends that if a country such as the UK is to attract investment by offering a highly trained human “resource”, we may have to abandon our egalitarian approach which pretends that any one of “the rest” can become a “second ranker” or a member of the élite. Predicts shrinkage in the human resource development function. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of European Industrial Training Emerald Publishing

Human resource development ‐ a contingency function? (Whatever happened to theory Y?)

Journal of European Industrial Training, Volume 20 (9): 6 – Dec 1, 1996

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 1996 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0309-0590
DOI
10.1108/03090599610150246
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Abstract

Argues that much of what has been taught in recent years on human resource management ignores the reality of globalization. Deregulation and new technology have shifted power to the employer, leaving sellers of labour competing in a buyers’ market: labour is divided into a core élite, necessary to corporate strategy, a highly skilled second rank, probably self employed, and “the rest”. Contends that if a country such as the UK is to attract investment by offering a highly trained human “resource”, we may have to abandon our egalitarian approach which pretends that any one of “the rest” can become a “second ranker” or a member of the élite. Predicts shrinkage in the human resource development function.

Journal

Journal of European Industrial TrainingEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 1996

Keywords: Competences; Contract working; Deregulation; Employee development; New technology

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