Origins and Historical Influences on Human Resource Development: A Global Perspective Academic Article uri icon


  • A comprehensive review of literature on the origins and historical influences on human resource development reveals that much of its development is attributed to Western (predominantly U.S.) thought and perspectives. This study is an effort to begin exploring significant contributions from a global perspectiveincluding those that are primarily non-Western. To do so, this article identifies and examines key non-Western contributions to the field of human resource development. There is an ever-growing pool of foundational knowledge in the human resource development field. However, it appears only a modest body of literature has been written on historical influences from non-Western perspectives to the field. It is the premise of this article that inclusiveness of other cultural contributions will facilitate a greater understanding of human resource developments development as a relatively new body of knowledge. This article is a reflective study outlining the history of human development of both Western and non-Western perspectives.

published proceedings

  • Human Resource Development Review

altmetric score

  • 4

author list (cited authors)

  • Alagaraja, M., & Dooley, L. M.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Alagaraja, Meera||Dooley, Larry M

publication date

  • March 2003