Toward Agentic HRD: A Translational Model of Albert Bandura’s Human Agency Theory

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The Problem: Albert Bandura has refined a theory of human agency with three modes and four core properties within social cognitive theory. Human agency plays a critical role in one’s adaptation, self-development, and self-renewal. Despite its relevance to human resource development (HRD), human agency theory has not been explored or effectively utilized in HRD research and practice. The Solution: Following Bandura’s human agency theory, a translational and implementational model for HRD was proposed. First, the model integrated the four core properties of human agency (intentionality, forethought, self-reactiveness, and self-reflectiveness) into a model by altering the sequence to align with major HRD processes. Second, it synthesized triadic reciprocal determinism with the four core properties of human agency by placing the agent at the center of the model. Third, it is an open systems model that describes reciprocal determinism between the agent and the environment at micro, meso, and macro levels, indicating the dynamics of personal, proxy, and collective agency. The Stakeholders: The model will be useful for career practitioners, coaches, organization development consultants, and other HRD professionals who deliver interventions. HRD researchers and theorists may find it worthwhile to test and validate the model. In addition, regardless of disciplines, researchers, and practitioners who follow social cognitive theory may find some insights from the translational model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-351
Number of pages17
JournalAdvances in Developing Human Resources
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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Human agency
Human resource development
Agency theory
Determinism
Social cognitive theory
Consultants
System model
Development process
Coach
Renewal
Placing
Integrated model
Self development
Stakeholders
Intentionality
Open systems
Organization development

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  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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In: Advances in Developing Human Resources, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.08.2019, p. 335-351.

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