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HRD Perspectives on Developmental Relationships

Connecting and Relating at Work

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Addresses the critical role of developmental relationships in developing socially just organizations

  • Covers the relevance of developmental relationships to learning, performance, employee engagement, etc

  • Discusses the application of developmental relationships at multiple levels of HRD

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Globalization and National Capacity Building Perspectives

  2. Evaluation and Assessment Perspectives

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 419-419
    2. Assessing the Impact of Developmental Relationships in a Humanitarian Context

      • Julie Haddock-Millar, Chandana Sanyal, Neil Kaye, Holly Bennett
      Pages 421-447
  3. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 501-501
    2. Connecting and Relating Through Developmental Relationships

      • Andrea D. Ellinger, Wendy E. A. Ruona
      Pages 503-525
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 527-533

About this book

Developmental relationships constitute interdependent, generative connections that promote growth and learning among individuals. While studies reporting the impact of developmental relationships on learning, performance, and career development leaves no doubt about its relevance to the human resource development (HRD) field, we lack an in-depth understanding of how developmental relationships apply to the myriad of topics relevant to contemporary HRD research and practice such as social justice, diversity and equity, leadership development, career transitions, knowledge sharing, organization development, employee engagement, organizational learning culture, globalization, national HRD, and technology at work.

This book presents a comprehensive collection of evidence-based studies and conceptual articles that explore how developmental relationships that are cultivated within and outside of the workplace apply to those clusters of topics in HRD. Organized around six themes, the chapters examine topics such as knowledge management, critical perspectives on gender, diversity, and equity, building a learning organization, talent development, and emotional closeness in the context of virtual workplaces. In doing so, the book highlight how research on developmental relationships can be the underlying thread connecting the otherwise disconnected varied topical foci of HRD research and practice, thus broadening our understanding of the relevance of developmental relationships within the HRD field.


This volume advances HRD scholarship and will appeal to researchers interested in exploring the nature and benefits of developmental relationships including mentoring and coaching.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Drexel University, Media, USA

    Rajashi Ghosh

  • University of North Texas, Denton, USA

    Holly M. Hutchins

About the editors

Rajashi Ghosh is Associate Professor of Human Resource Development and Chair of the Policy, Organization, and Leadership department in the School of Education at Drexel University, USA. Her research aims to explore how different developmental initiatives (e.g., mentoring, coaching, leadership development) can facilitate workplace learning and development through building inclusive relational spaces and countering the prevalence of workplace incivility.


Holly M. Hutchins is Vice Provost of Faculty Success and Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas, USA. Her research focuses on identifying how inclusive learning and development interventions can be designed and evaluated to support successful application to the work environment.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: HRD Perspectives on Developmental Relationships

  • Book Subtitle: Connecting and Relating at Work

  • Editors: Rajashi Ghosh, Holly M. Hutchins

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-85033-3

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-85032-6Published: 05 January 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-85035-7Published: 06 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-85033-3Published: 04 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVIII, 533

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Human Resource Development, Management, Diversity Management/Women in Business, Human Resource Management, Organization

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eBook USD 139.00
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  • Read on any device
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  • Own it forever
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

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