Garavan’s (1991) and McCracken and Wallace’s (2000)

The Brief
In building on Garavan’s (1991) seminal model of Strategic HRD to develop their own model and definition of SHRD, McCracken and Wallace (2000) conclude with the proposition that “the relationship between HRD and corporate strategy lies at the heart of strategic HRD and at the heart of the development of a learning culture”.

Compare and contrast Garavan’s (1991) and McCracken and Wallace’s (2000) models of Strategic SHRD and discuss how these can influence the future direction of the organisation in light of the above proposition.

You need to draw on appropriate theory and case examples to develop your argument.

Essay Outline
Your essay should include the following key components:

Introduction: 400 words
Body: 1800 words
Conclusion: 300 words

A list of references (adhering to the Harvard referencing Style)

Appendices (if appropriate)

Total word count: 2500

Assessment Criteria:
You will be assessed in accordance with the Edinburgh Napier University assessment criteria – Please refer to detailed marking criteria annexed. Of particular importance, your essay must be referenced following the Harvard Referencing System and you must support your arguments with appropriate academic theory.

Recommended Reading:
Garavan, T.N. (2007) ‘A strategic perspective on Human Resource Development’, Advances in Developing Human Resources, vol.9, no.1, pp.11 – 30.

Maxwell, G., Watson, S. and Quail, S. (2004) ‘Service quality and Strategic Human Resource Development in the International Hotel Sector’, Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 28, nos.2/3/4, pp.159-183.

McCracken, M. & Wallace, M. (2000) ‘Exploring strategic maturity in HRD – Rhetoric, aspiration or reality’, Journal of European Industrial Training, vol.24, no.8, pp.425-467.

Sambrook, S. (2000) ‘Talking of HRD’, Human Resource Development International, vol.3, no.2, pp.159-178.

The above reading list provides you with a good theoretical starting point to engage with the terms of your brief. However, for better marks, you need to show evidence of wider reading and draw on appropriate case examples to illustrate your arguments.

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