Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Human Resource Development and the Strangth of Public Diplomacy

Human Resource Development is a relevant theme to be explored in the field of public diplomacy.

Although new technologies are being created rapidly, more attention and research should be dedicated

to strengthening human capital. Human capital involoves making sure that existing organizational

leaders remain competitive, relevant and capable of communicating American value to the global
community.Robert Rouda and Mitchell Kusy offer a broad perspective of human resource development in the workplace. These scholars highlight the ever increasing role of maximizing on not only physical and intellectual capital, but also human capital. Kusy argues that human capital is the greatest asset to any organization and therefore must be given the appropriate attention. Rouda defines Human Resource Development as organized learning objectives arranged within an organization in order to improve performance and personal growth for the purpose of improving the job, the individual, and/or the organization. Human resource development can encompass, but is not limited to career development, organization development and training.

Rouda and Kusy separate the levels of HRD into several distinct stages. HRD at this stage begins with an assessment of needs. This stage explores the way systems are currently and the where they should potentially be. HRD helps an organization know exactly what needs to be accomplished, set benchmarks and goals, discuss expected changes in the environment and access the economic costs and benefits. HRD identified priorities and importance within an organization to make sure goals are met. A needs assessment also identifies possible solutions and opportunities for growth. Finally, this HRD model leaves room for evaluation and recommendations to improve the HRD model. With a tight foreign aid budget, public diplomacy officers are relying more on people assets to communicate American values. In order for these officers to be truly be efficient, it requires a great deal of human resource development.

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