This textbook on organizational development (OD) documents the history of learning and development (L&D). Eileen Arney, who developed the master’s degree program in human resources for the UK Open University, highlights the evolution of L&D, including teaching, course design, strategy and facilitation. She encompasses talent management, employee engagement, strategic HR and self-directed employee learning. Her manual doesn’t seem targeted as much to experienced OD and L&D professionals or to those seeking descriptions of L&D processes and techniques. Instead, getAbstract recommends it as a solid backgrounder for HR students and early-career professionals seeking a rundown on the basics of OD, L&D and talent management theory and trends, and for practitioners who want to reflect on trends that could affect their current deployment of L&D strategies.
About the Author
Eileen Arney is the teaching director of masters programs at the United Kingdom’s Open University Business School. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has taught level-7 CIPD programs and is an executive coach.