Handbook of International Human Resource Development
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Handbook of International Human Resource Development

Context, Processes and People

Edited by Thomas Garavan, Alma McCarthy and Ronan Carbery

This Handbook draws on a global team of distinguished Human Resource Development and IHRD scholars to provide research and practice insights on a range of contemporary IHRD issues and challenges. The Handbook reviews a number of critical contextual dimensions that: shape the IHRD goals that organisations pursue; impact the IHRD systems, policies and practices that are implemented; and influence the types of IHRD research questions that are investigated. The Handbook examines the processes or actions taken by organisations to globalise IHRD practices and discusses important people development practices that come within the scope of IHRD.
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Chapter 11: IHRD and lean management

Meera Alagaraja


This chapter reviews the intersections of lean and international human resource development (IHRD) literature. The lean literature focuses on process improvement at the level of the organization, streamlining as well as aligning the overall vision and mission with individual departments, teams and employees. HRD emphasizes the central role of people in facilitating the formulation as well as implementation of lean strategies in organizations. Through the integration of these very different literatures, the chapter identifies factors that facilitate and or hinder the adoption, implementation and sustainability of lean implementation in organizations as well as explicate the relevance of these factors for enhancing the strategic value of IHRD. Organizations can identify critical factors that facilitate lean implementation and therefore increase opportunities for experiencing success. In addition, organizations can also recognize barriers that are hindering lean implementation. Finally, the chapter presents implications for IHRD theory, research and practice.

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