Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context

Edited by:
Victor X. Wang, Florida Atlantic University
Kathleen P. King, University of Central Florida

A volume in the series: Adult Education Special Topics: Theory, Research and Practice in LifeLong Learning. Editor(s): Kathleen P. King, University of Central Florida.

Published 2008

As globalization brings different cultures together, human performance interventions and training solutions may be strained by cultures, policies and other lines of thinking specific to a particular country, region or continent. What is considered a systematic process of discovering and analyzing important human performance gaps, such as designing and developing cost-effective and ethically justifiable strategies to close those gaps, implementing the strategies, and evaluating the financial results in one country may not apply in another. Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context powerfully presents different models of human performance from across the globe, and enables readers to understand a much broader range of interactions, perceptions, models, and possibilities for HR management, training and development.

Human performance is high on the agenda of organizations around the globe because they must raise the level of company performance and bring about organizational change in order to continue to survive and thrive in a global economy.

Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context unveils worldwide, lessons about organizations facing similar, and different challenges focusing on this pressing need to improve human performance.

Indeed human performance is seen as the greatest asset to affect organizational performance than any other. Although physical, financial, intangible, and other assets are crucial in varying degrees in different organizations, human performance is the “glue” that holds all the other assets together and guides their use to achieve results. Effective use of an organizational human capital will no doubt be one of the most valuable strategies to help a firm gain a competitive advantage in this global, and changing, economy.

Human Performance Models Revealed in the Global Context's valuable presentation of the developments and future of this field is informative and inspiring for a wide readership, because of its broad constellation of cases, its insights and recommendations and foundational lessons for guiding human performance initiatives in organizations. Readers who will find the volume valuable will include a wide spectrum including, trainers in Human Resource Development; Human Resource Managers; Military trainers; adult learning professionals; business administrators and aspiring administrators; public school administrators; business managers; non-profit, NGO, hospital and community organization administrators;, managers, directors, and supervisors; educational administrators; college professors/teachers, undergraduate and graduate students.

Preface, Victor C. X. Wang. Introduction: Contextualization, the Marketplace, Meeting Room, Mao and More: An Introduction to Human Performance and Training, Kathleen P. King. Movement Toward Staying Ahead of the Curve in Developing and Managing Human Capital, John A. Henschke. Human Performance in China, Victor C. X. Wang. Panorama for Global Education and Training of Adults: A Kaleidoscopic View at the European Union Experience, Gabriele Strohschen. Critical Human Performance Issues in the United States, Claretha H. Banks. Performance Contracting and Human Performance Practices in Africa, Fredrick Muyia Nafukho, Margaret Kobia, and Nura M. Huka. Examining Human Performance in South America, Jules K. Beck. Human Performance in India, Ramesh Sharma. The Editors and Authors.