Landscape of human resource development research in Korea: results from author co-citation network analysis Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015 Taylor & Francis. The present study examined major trends and issues of Human Resource Development (HRD) research in Korean context applying the author co-citation analysis (ACA) to three primary HRD-related journals in South Korea. Following the analyses of author cocitation frequency, correlation matrix, dendrogram, and the multi-dimensional scaling (MDS) map, the results were found as follows: (1) co-citation network identified seven topical clusters (i.e., human competency improvement for young men and e-learning designers, system approach for training effectiveness, competency for executives and HRD-ers, HRD evaluations, HRD solutions, mentoring in career development, leadership, and the role of professionals), (2) competency appeared as a keyword in multiple clusters, (3) unlike HRD in North America or Europe, learning (informal, organizational, selfdirected, and lifelong learning) with a variety of HRD solutions comprised the dominant research stream, and (4) research activities for critical issues, such as diversity, development of workforce minority, and international HRD were largely missing.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Hyun, Y., Cho, D., & Yoon, S. W.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Hyun, Young-Sup||Cho, Daeyeon||Yoon, Seung Won

publication date

  • October 2015