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Developing Human Capital in American Manufacturing : A Case Study of Barriers to Training and Development - Elaine B. Crutchfield

Developing Human Capital in American Manufacturing

A Case Study of Barriers to Training and Development

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780815335849
Number Of Pages: 207

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This qualitative case study of an American manufacturing organization describes the barriers which limited its ability to receive maximum return on its investment for training and development resources invested in their human assets. Changing global economics have forced organizations to the realization that their competitive advantage lies in developing and tapping into their human assets or human capital. Professionals, managers, human resource development specialists, and academicians alike have developed theories supporting the systematic development of human assets to improve performance and achieve organizational business goals. This book examines how one organization, typically described as a High Performance Organization, attempted to put theory into application. Specifically, the book examines the concepts of needs assessment, systems theory, organization development, human capital theory, and performance improvement.
The results find a systemic failure in human asset development initiatives rooted in the failure to view the organization as a whole, systematically assess performance, and involve the entire organization in designing and implementing a holistic approach to improving performance and developing the organizations human assets. Specifically, inefficient organizational structure and lack of clearly defined business goals were significant barriers to the systematic development of their human assets.

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Understanding Organizations and Their Emphasis on Training
The Half-Million Dollar Questionp. 3
Current Thoughts on Organizations and the Forces Impacting Their Performancep. 17
Current Thoughts on Development of the Human Assetp. 29
Summaryp. 43
The Study of an American Manufacturing Company
The Design of the Studyp. 47
The Collection and Analysis of Datap. 65
Summaryp. 83
The Results
Training: Defined and Describedp. 89
Training: The Selection Processp. 99
Assessment of Performance Needsp. 111
Training: Evaluationp. 123
Structure of the Organizationp. 133
Summaryp. 153
Conclusions
Discussion of Resultsp. 159
Executive Summaryp. 169
Appendicesp. 173
Glossaryp. 187
Bibliographyp. 189
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780815335849
ISBN-10: 0815335849
Series: Garland Studies on Industrial Productivity
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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