Social capital and HRD: provocative insights from critical management studies

David O'Donnell, Claire Gubbins, David McGuire, Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Lars Bo Henriksen, Thomas N. Garavan

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    Abstract

    The problem and the solution. This article initiates a critical management studies evaluation of social capital in an HRD context by drawing on insights from Foucault and Habermas.This article presents alternative interpretations of three seminal social capital concepts—weak ties, structural holes, and social resources. Pragmatic, albeit critical, insights for HRD theory and practice are illustrated to counterbalance the managerialist appropriation of social capital in pursuit of largely economic ends. It is argued here that social well-being is as relevant to HRD practice as economic well-being. Ethical dimensions are noted and avenues of reflexivity for HRD practitioners are suggested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)413-435
    Number of pages23
    JournalAdvances in Developing Human Resources
    Volume9
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

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    Critical management studies
    Social capital
    Economics
    Economic well-being
    Reflexivity
    Appropriation
    Evaluation
    Social resources
    Well-being
    Structural holes
    Jürgen Habermas

    Keywords

    • critical management studies (CMS)
    • Foucault
    • Habermas
    • human resource development (HRD)
    • social capital

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    O'Donnell, David ; Gubbins, Claire ; McGuire, David ; Jørgensen, Kenneth Mølbjerg ; Bo Henriksen, Lars ; Garavan, Thomas N. / Social capital and HRD: provocative insights from critical management studies. In: Advances in Developing Human Resources. 2007 ; Vol. 9, No. 3. pp. 413-435.
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    Social capital and HRD: provocative insights from critical management studies. / O'Donnell, David; Gubbins, Claire; McGuire, David; Jørgensen, Kenneth Mølbjerg; Bo Henriksen, Lars; Garavan, Thomas N.

    In: Advances in Developing Human Resources, Vol. 9, No. 3, 08.2007, p. 413-435.

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