chapter  7
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Employee Development: Construct Validation Issues

Traditionally, U.S. companies lag behind Asian and European competitors in providing training and development once employees qualify for their jobs (Camevale & Goldstein, 1990). However, employee development is a necessary component of U.S. companies’ efforts to improve quality, meet the challenges of global competition, use new technologies in producing products and services, and capitalize on the strengths of a diverse workforce. Many companies have adopted a continuous learning philosophy as a means to facilitate employee development. One of the major tenets of a continuous learning philosophy is that employees at all levels of the company must actively pursue training and development activi­ ties. Continuous learning also requires employees to understand the relationship between their jobs and work units and the company’s mission.