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Human Resource Development Research Guide: Home

This is an updated, electronic version of a print pathfinder prepared by the NEIU business librarian for the College of Education's HRD 400 class.


Starting with HRD, Human Resource Development is full of acronyms that are important in understanding what HRD is all about. A few of those acronyms are given on this page.

HRD (Human Resource Development)

Richard A. Swanson defines Hurman Resource Development (HRD) as "a process of developing and unleashing expertise for the purpose of improving performance." Swanson's 2008 brief on the foundations of HRD can be found at the link below.

HPT (Human Performance Technology)

The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is a professional organization that seeks "to develop and recognize the proficiency of its members and advocate the use of Human Performance Technology" (HPT). ISPI's explanation of what HPT is can be found on the following webpage:

OD (Organization Development)

The Organization Development Network (ODN) "is an international, professional association whose members are committed to practicing organization development intentionally and rigorously as an applied behavioral science." ODN's explanation of what OD is can be found on the following webpage:

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