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The Role of HRD in Bridging the Research-Practice Gap: The Case of Learning and Development

Ross, Catharine ORCID:, Nichol, Lynn, Elliott, C., Sambrook, S. and Stewart, J. (2020) The Role of HRD in Bridging the Research-Practice Gap: The Case of Learning and Development. Human Resource Development International, 23 (2). pp. 108-124. ISSN Print: 1367-8868 Online: 1469-8374

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An enduring challenge for HRD is ensuring academic research achieves impact on professional practice. We have located this research within debates about the research-practice gap. To investigate this challenge, we analyse case studies of academic impact from all disciplines submitted to the United Kingdom’s 2014 research assessment exercise (REF 2014). We found that Learning and Development was a primary focus of significant number of impact case studies submitted across all disciplines compared to other areas of HR and HRD. We also found that Learning and Development was a key path to Impact. These findings reveal that Learning and Development in a work context plays a pivotal role in helping researchers irrespective of discipline achieve impact. Our findings therefore speak to the research-practice gap across academia. We conclude by considering the potential role for HRD in generating impact.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: HRD, impact, Learning and Development, research-practice gap, REF 2014, IRWRG
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > Worcester Business School
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Depositing User: Catharine Ross
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2019 09:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2023 14:49

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