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Managing the human resource development function

In this chapter our discussion focuses on the ways in which human resource development can be organized and managed within organizations of different sizes. HRD in small businesses is not generally organized as a specialist function, and is often dealt with in an unsystematic manner. We will see that learning and development are perceived as a financial burden and tend to be limited to shortterm operational needs. The connection with overall business strategy is usually missing in smaller organizations, with the exception of development for family members engaged in the business. In larger organizations, HRD is a function with dedicated staff, budgets and objectives related to overall business strategy. The way in which HRD is managed in large organizations is dependent on the underlying philosophy of learning that they employ.