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ASTD Handbook, 2nd Edition


Publication Date: May 4, 2014
ISBN 13: 9781562869137
Hardcover 7” x 9”
980 pages

Comprehensive. Insightful. Definitive. The second edition ASTD Handbook is the most valuable resource you can own as a training and development professional.

Written by 96 of the best and brightest thinkers in the field, its 55 chapters cover everything you need to know about the profession today. 

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Individual Handbook Sections (PDF) Also Available for Purchase 

Section I: The Training and Development Profession (6 chapters)

The talent development industry is constantly evolving. This section of the ASTD Handbook shows you how to equip yourself with the right tools to stay ahead of the game.

Section II: Assessing and Analyzing Needs (4 chapters)

Taking the time to assess and analyze your organization’s training model is essential. This section of the ASTD Handbook provides strategies, best delivery methods, and ideas for how to balance your time to maintain quality effectiveness.

Section III: Designing and Developing Effective Learning (8 chapters)

Developing and designing effective training programs can be a challenge. This section of the ASTD Handbook shows you how to succeed with a comprehensive overview of various design considerations and how to apply them.

Section IV: Delivering T&D Solutions That Make a Difference (10 chapters)

Delivering learning solutions enables you to change behaviors and improve performance in your employees. This section of the ASTD Handbook shows you how that translates to better results for your business.

Section V: Transferring Learning and Evaluating Impact (6 chapters)

Measuring learning impact and successfully transferring learning to performance are crucial to an organization’s bottom line. This section of the ASTD Handbook guides you on your talent development journey.

Section VI: Expanded Roles of the T&D Professional (7 chapters)

Training and development professionals often wear many hats on the job, but oftentimes neglect their own career and development needs. This section of the ASTD Handbook shows you how to expand your T&D skills and strengthen your value within your organization.

Section VII: Managing the Business of Training (5 chapters)

The manager’s role in training and development continues to be transformed. This section of the ASTD Handbook shows you how to better manage the business of training through alignment, needed skills, and key partnerships.

Section VIII: Developing and Leading Organizations: T&D’s Role (4 chapters)

One of the most important functions of talent development is leadership development. This section of the ASTD Handbook shows how leadership development can be made easier through practical insights that can be applied on the job.

Section IX: Contemporary Challenges (5 chapters)

How we work and learn will continue to evolve during the coming years. This section of the ASTD Handbook presents some of the upcoming challenges, issues, and opportunities in training and development.


Access all new expert insight from renowned contributors, including:
  • Ken Blanchard
  • Geoff Bellman
  • Ruth Clark
  • Chip Bell
  • Rita Bailey
  • Bob Pike
  • Marcus Buckingham
  • Dana Ganes Robinson
  • Kevin Oakes
  • Dianna Booher
  • Michael Allen
  • Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan
  • Elliott Masie
  • Jane Bozarth
  • Marc Rosenberg

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