This edited text draws on the latest thinking and research from well-known contributors to the debate on human resource development. It is the first text to seek to define this new and emerging area. The book aims to fill a gap in the market by addressing the subject at a conceptual level. This text is divided into three sections. The first section looks at the range of different perspectives on HRD. The second looks at HRD strategies and the third at HRD practice. Throughout, the book takes a practical approach with cases and activities in each chapter.