Technical rationality and professional artistry in RD practice

Sadler-Smith, Eugene and Smith, Peter 2006, Technical rationality and professional artistry in RD practice, Human Resource Development International, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 271-281, doi: 10.1080/13678860600616248.

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Title Technical rationality and professional artistry in RD practice
Author(s) Sadler-Smith, Eugene
Smith, Peter
Journal name Human Resource Development International
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Start page 271
End page 281
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-06
ISSN 1367-8868
1469-8374
Keyword(s) Complexity
Diversity
Practice
Reflection
Summary This paper outlines the limitations of a technical rationalist approach to HRD practice without seeking to negate it. It then offers a complementary view based on Schon's notion of the reflective practitioner which exhorts HRD practitioners to embrace complexity and reflection. We outline, first, a number of dimensions of diversity which confer complexity upon HRD practice, and, second, a series of suggested questions that may aid the framing of practical problems in a more effective way than might be the case with a purely technical rationalist approach. We urge novice (and expert) HRD practitioners to adopt a mind set that is contemplative of the diversities that they may encounter in practice and which is conjectural with regard to how these diversities may impact upon problems and their solutions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13678860600616248
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004017

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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