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The cultural boundedness of theory and practice in HRD?

  Argues that cultural influences may not only affect a professional’s implicit concept of what constitutes effective practice, but may also affect researchers’ explicit theories. Suggests that this means that many HRD practices, processes, procedures and language are specific to cultures. Explores some of the reasons underlying the increasing importance placed on cultural issues by multinational companies, touching on a number of theoretical and epistemological debates. Draws no firm conclusions but attempts to locate various positions and boundaries on the universalism‐relativism continuum.

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    30 June 2002

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  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    658 General management


McGuire, D., O’Donnell, D., Garavan, T. N., Saha, S. K., & Murphy, J. (2002). The cultural boundedness of theory and practice in HRD?. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 9(2), 25-44.



National cultures, Human resource management, Personnel policy

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