Critical perspectives on human resource development (HRD) have emerged, across
Europe and America, hailed as the future of the field. However, we note the paucity of
critical perspectives globally, the problematic dominance of critical HRD activities in
Western sites of theory and practice, and the apparent dearth in non-Western sites.
We analyze locations of critical HRD to advance understanding of critical perspectives
in the international context, raising awareness of where critical HRD operates globally,
celebrating its successes, and critically examining its struggles. We hope this encourages
colleagues in underrepresented locations to experiment to effect improvements in the
lives of otherwise oppressed, marginalized, voiceless workers/learners.
Critical HRD encompasses attempts to critique and challenge the hegemony of
dominant practices in research, education, and practice, around three stakeholders:
researchers, educators, and practitioners. Moreover, the purpose of critical HRD is
to emancipate workers/learners, the last but not least important stakeholders.