Toward A New Political Economy of Human Resource Development

Alexandre Ardichvili, Brian Harmon

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To promote human development and flourishing and the creation of just and sustainable workplaces, HRD professionals need a better understanding of the political and economic forces shaping organizational realities. We need new models, grounded in an updated understanding of the political economy of labor and workforce development. This essay offers a brief critique of the current models and discusses alternative ways of thinking about political and economic mechanisms that can promote human flourishing, equity, and sustainability. We offer suggestions for how HRD researchers and practitioners can use this new lens to develop interventions and advance scholarship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-366
Number of pages15
JournalHuman Resource Development Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022

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  • capability development
  • critical HRD
  • human development
  • political economy


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