HRD: A voice to integrate the demands of system changes, people, learning, and performance

Darren C. Short, Dale C. Brandenburg, Gary L. May, Laura L. Bierema
2002 Human Resource Development Quarterly  
HRD exists as a part of such larger systems as organizations, the economy, and society. As those systems change, sometimes with the help of HRD, those of us in the profession need to reflect on the implications in order to understand and anticipate, and then to respond. One component of that reflection could usefully include exploring the degree of alignment between the changes and our core beliefs and values. Consider it this way: changes in major systems place all of the systems' players on a
more » ... journey: HRD is therefore one of the travelers. Like most journeys, there are challenges and choices. As we travel, we may develop concerns and seek to influence the destination or route; or we may seek to make ourselves more comfortable, either because we are happy with the intended journey or because we believe that attempts to take alternative routes would be futile. Alternatively, we may abort the journey at some mid-point if we feel unhappy or insecure. Let us also not forget the important internal work needed: the journey may be rough, but our state of mind will make or break us as the trip unfolds. To not acknowledge these options, and to not have the dialogue needed to explore them, leaves us passive travelers on a journey designed by others. The old adage "we're lost, but we're making good time" comes to mind as our destiny if we do not reflect on the journey and try to gain more influence over the process. This editorial updates HRDQ readers on the work introduced in an editorial last year ('Shaping HRD for the New Millennium'). Dilworth (2001) described the intention of the ASTD Research-to-Practice Committee to map the future of the profession. That work is progressing well: the committee has already organized a future search conference and a scenario building workshop. It also has an academic conference paper under its belt, with three articles in ASTD's Training & Development journal to follow in Spring/Summer 2002 and then scholarly journal articles. The purpose of this piece is to give HRDQ readers a preview of the progress
doi:10.1002/hrdq.1028 fatcat:d4e6lhdafjgrhofleurvedptse