Empowerment: through the smoke and past the mirrors?

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Title Empowerment: through the smoke and past the mirrors?
Author Morrell, Kevin; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Human Resource Development International
Year Published 2002
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper offers a five-fold typology for empowerment, which is intended to make it easier to assess and develop empowerment initiatives in a climate where much rhetoric surrounds the term. A real-world organizational sketch for each type follows an initial theoretical description and aphorism. The implications for HRD practitioners of each type of empowerment are also outlined. No exclusive or definitional treatment is offered for what we feel to be an elastic term. Instead, the framework is held up as a potential catalyst for provoking ideas about empowerment, or grouping existing ideas on how to empower. We sympathize with those who feel the term is redundant because it has been subsumed by the 'developmental rhetoric' (Clutterbuck 1998), and recognize that such rhetoric can be a barrier to change and learning (Harrison 1997). Nonetheless, we argue that, instead of abandoning the term empowerment altogether, it can be beneficial to see what has been accomplished under the existing banner.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13678860110057647
Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Human Resource Development International, Volume 5, Issue 1, 2002, Pages 119-130. Human Resource Development International is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com with the open URL of your article.
Volume 5
Issue Number 1
Page from 119
Page to 130
ISSN 1367-8868
Date Accessioned 2006-07-06
Date Available 2015-05-12T05:11:17Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/16827
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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