Training and Organizational Development — Married or Just Living Together?

  • John Sample


Most organizations in the public and private sectors employ some mode of training for developing personnel. The estimated cost of training in business and industry exceeds $25 billion annually. These costs include “training department expenditures, costs of induction and orientation and training costs resulted from transfers and technological changes” (French, 1974). Practitioners and academicians alike are beginning to seriously query the cost-effective- ness and performance results emanating from current training. It has been this writerexperience that training for professionals and para- professionals in human services programs (i.e., drug abuse and mental health programs) is often mis-used, mis-understood and misappropriated. The current literature abounds with practitioners and academicians alike criticizing training efforts in business and industry. Unfortunately, honest efforts at researching training results in human services programs are scarce. Especially open to criticism are the so-called:”process” techniques for training and development. And it just so happens that the “process” techniques are the mainstay of personnel and management training in the human services. The writer will briefly discuss all of those issues mentioned in this paragraph.


Organization Development Organizational Climate Mental Health Program Staff Development Personnel Training 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Sample
    • 1
  1. 1.Biscayne CollegeUSA

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