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Kierkegaard and Indirect Communication: Theorizing HRD, Organizational Socialization, and Edification
Human Resource Development Review
  • Andrew F. Herrmann, East Tennessee State University
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Article
Publication Date
9-1-2013
Description
Scholars have largely overlooked philosopher Soren Kierkegaard’s thoughts on occupational, vocational, and work topics, although he did concern himself with occupational topics. This theoretical piece explores Kierkegaard’s concept of “leveling” (Nivelleringen), connecting it to human resource development (HRD) and organizational socialization processes, which are often conducted by HRD departments. Organizational socialization is important as it provides newcomers with functional and cultural information. Similar to the concept of leveling, however, organizational socialization can provide employees with taken-for-granted socially constructed definitions of the self. This article proposes expanding edification and capability for individuals in the workplace via Kierkegaardian indirect communication in HRD and organizational socialization practices.
Citation Information
Andrew F. Herrmann. "Kierkegaard and Indirect Communication: Theorizing HRD, Organizational Socialization, and Edification" Human Resource Development Review Vol. 12 Iss. 3 (2013) p. 345 - 363 ISSN: 1534-4843
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrew-herrmann/28/