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Occupational narratives of human performance technology (HPT)

, Indiana University, United States

Indiana University . Awarded


This dissertation research studies life history and occupational narrative as a source of knowledge and culture among a distributed community of professionals associated with an area of interest called, human performance technology (HPT).

Human performance technology (HPT), describes a business consulting practice that sources from diagnosing non-training problems and focuses on improving performance at the individual, organizational, system levels.

Utilizing reciprocal ethnography (Lawless, 1993) through a lens of naturalistic inquiry, the research provides co-produced professional reflections on emergent HPT patterns elicited from 12 professionals through a three-tiered iterative process, involving one life history interview and two follow-up occupational interviews.

Written in a descriptive electronic format, the cumulative data is integrated into an interpretive multimedia work that allows the reader to personally navigate the resulting narrative phenomena at multiple levels. Several themes are developed and explored which provide rich descriptions of the professionals and their organization.


Narahara, S.K. Occupational narratives of human performance technology (HPT). Ph.D. thesis, Indiana University. Retrieved October 14, 2019 from .

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