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Career Write-Up 3 – Strategic HRD

Strategic Human Resource Development (strategic HRD) is concerned with the development and implementation of strategies for the provision of learning, development and training opportunities to improve individual, team and organizational performance.

Aims of Strategic HRD

  • To produce a comprehensive framework for developing people (the organization’s human capital).
  • To provide an environment that will be conducive to organizational and individual learning.
  • To develop intellectual capital of the organization and ensure knowledge is managed systematically.
  • To provide approaches to self-development (self-managed learning) with appropriate organiztional guidance and support.
  • To be business-led (i.e. to respond to business needs) but also to take account of individual aspirations and needs.

Elements of Human Resource Development

  1. Learning – the process by which a person acquires new knowledge, skills and capabilities.
  2. Development – the growth of an individual’s ability, potential and career through the provision of learning experiences
  3. Training – the use of systematic and planned instruction and development activities to promote learning.

Components of Human Resource Development

Human Resource Development Philosophy could be expressed as follows:

HR Professionals believe that :

  • Human resource development contributes to the successful attainment of the organization’s objectives and that investment in it benefits all the stakeholders of the organization.
  • Human resource development plans and programs should be integrated with and support the achievement of business and human resource strategies.
  • Human resource development should always be performance-related – designed to achieve specified improvements in corporate, functional, team and individual performance and make a significant contribution to bottom-line performance.
  • Everyone in the organization should be encouraged and given the opportunity to learn – to develop their skills and knowledge to the maximum of their capacity.
  • Personal development process provides the framework for individual learning.

There is the need to invest in learning and development and to provide appropriate learning opportunities and facilities, the prime responsibility for development rests with the individual who will be given the guidance and support of her or his manager and, as necessary, the HR department of Development Oriented companies.


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