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|Asia and MENA Conference, 2009|
2009 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA
Managing & Developing the Workforce during Times of Economic Downturn
8th International Conference of the Academy of HRD (Asia Chapter) &
Location: Diplomat Hotel in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
1) Developing Philosophical Inquiry Skills for HRD Professionals (1/2 day)
This half-day preconference workshop provides an opportunity for participants to engage in reflective dialogue with the goal of developing philosophical inquiry skills. The session will invite HRD scholars and practitioners to work in a cooperative inquiry environment and identify, evaluate, and synthesize a more coherent view of Human Resource Development (HRD) from a philosophical perspective and, on a deeper level advance the ongoing discussion about the philosophical underpinnings of the field.
2) Linking Evaluation Theory and HRD (1/2 day)
The purpose of this session is to introduce participants to a systems approach to evaluation. Furthermore, participants will learn about a variety of theoretical approaches to evaluation in HRD and put this knowledge to use. Organizations are increasingly asking their employees to evaluate the processes and outcomes of their training, organization development, organizational learning, performance improvement, and instructional technology efforts. HRD evaluation has relied on the Kirkpatrick taxonomy (1959a,b; 1960a,b; 1994) for decades. More recently, however, researchers and evaluators have criticized this taxonomy (e.g., Holton, 1996; Swanson & Holton, 1999; Russ-Eft & Preskill, 2009). Evaluation is a process for enhancing knowledge and decision-making within organizations and communities. It involves answering questions and addressing issues through the collection and analysis of data about programs, systems, processes, procedures, products, and services. As such, it is best implemented as a systematic process that is planned and purposeful, and with a clear intention of using the evaluation findings.
3) Quality Management Tools in Human Resource Development (1/2 day)
This workshop is an introduction to the quality management tools developed by the American Society for Quality. Eight quality management tools will be introduced through an interactive and participative workshop format. The participants will be expected to apply each tool in group settings as related to HRD.
4) Sight-seeing in Bahrain (1/2 day)
a) CULTURE AND TRADITION
b) FASCINATING CAPITAL
c) ISLAND OF GOLDEN SMILES
d) BAHRAIN’S NATURE
e) BACK TO THE ROOTS
Call for Papers
Deadline for Bahrain Asian/MENA AHRD conference extended to November 7, 2009. See the new Call for Papers.
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Please refer to the Call for Papers for accommodation information.