In a nationally published report by the Brookings Institute, Mind the Gap (2005), the Twin Cities was noted to have some of the worst disparities in the U.S. in race, class, and place. In the City of Minneapolis, North Minneapolis, a neighborhood bordering downtown, faces some of the greatest disparities in the Twin Cities. Predominately African American, nearly three-fourths of the community receive some type of county assistance. Struggling with economic marginalization, social isolation, and violence in the community, the characteristics of North Minneapolis are representative of the broader urban poverty phenomenon prevalent across cities in the United States. While research has extensively documented the urban poverty phenomenon in South Side Chicago, a neighboring Midwestern city and one of the most notoriously dangerous communities in the country, little scholarly research, at the time of this writing, has been conducted on urban poverty in North Minneapolis; and there has been, to date, no scholarly research on understanding the role of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the poverty zone in North Minneapolis. This case study approach aims to bring to the forefront the complexities that surround the plight of the urban poor in North Minneapolis. The purpose of this study is to assess the state of the HRD in the poverty zone and to propose a strategy for a development-focused HRD framework. Borrowing from an earlier model employed by Harbison and Myers in 1964 to measure human resource development in developing nations, this study finds that a development approach of HRD is well suited to advanced nations struggling with inner city poverty.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. January 2014. Major: Education, Work/Community/Family Education. Advisor: Gary N. McLean. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 195 pages.
The role of Human Resource Development in the poverty Zone in North Minneapolis in Minnesota: a case study.
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