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HRD Programs in the United Kingdom

Stewart, Jim; Mills, Sophie


Jim Stewart

Sophie Mills


The Problem. Very little research has examined the current state of human resource development (HRD) education in the United Kingdom, or the factors influencing its genesis and development. The Solution. We analyze historical and contemporary factors influencing HRD education in the United Kingdom, identify different levels and providers of HRD qualifications, and outline curriculum content of HRD programs. Our aim is to clarify the current situation, by proposing a tripartite model of stakeholders in HRD education based on the United Kingdom but which might assist in the analysis of HRD education in other geographic areas. The Stakeholders. HRD education in the United Kingdom is largely influenced by three key stakeholders: the U.K. government, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (the professional body for human resources), and the academy. Our analysis reveals complex and dynamic interactions between these stakeholders, which have implications for them as well as learners, practitioners, and researchers


Stewart, J., & Mills, S. (2015). HRD Programs in the United Kingdom. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(2), 162-179.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2015
Online Publication Date Feb 23, 2015
Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2019
Print ISSN 1523-4223
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages 162-179
Keywords HRD programs, United Kingdom, qualifications, CIPD
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