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An Assessment of an HRD Project: Lessons Learned

Author(s): Mussie T. Tessema, Marzie Astani, Goitom Tesfom, Sambhavi Lakshminarayanan

Citation: Mussie T. Tessema, Marzie Astani, Goitom Tesfom, Sambhavi Lakshminarayanan, (2012) "An Assessment of an HRD Project: Lessons Learned," Journal of Management Policy and Practice, Vol. 13, Iss. 2, pp. 87 - 100

Article Type: Research paper

Publisher: North American Business Press


This study assesses one major Human Resource Development (HRD) project that was implemented in one
of the Less Developed Countries (LDCs), Eritrea. This study argues that some HRD projects may not
positively affect organizational performance mainly due to the inability of organizations to effectively
retain, motivate, and utilize the trained workforce. It concludes that HRD investments tend to be made
relatively easily but what is difficult is retaining and effectively utilizing trained personnel. That is, HRD
is necessary but not sufficient for enhancing organizational performance. Implications of these findings
and future research directions are also discussed.