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May 2012 AHRD Digest


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From the Board
by Julia Storberg-Walker, David Kopp, Jia Wang, Julie Gedro, Diane Chapman

SIGnals News and Notes
State of the Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) SIG

Technically Speaking
Virtual HRD Spotlight: Google Plus+ as a One Stop Location for Social Media Needs
By: Tekeisha Zimmerman

The PEN Is Mightier...

Member Spotlight
Marilyn Byrd

AHRD June 2012 Webcast

Volunteer Opportunities

AHRD Awards

Job Openings

Announcements and Accomplishments

Final Thoughts

AHRD Member Benefit Quicklinks



From the Board

Hello Fellow AHRD’ers!

Your conference team has been working hard to set up the foundation for next year’s International Research Conference in the Americas to be held in Washington, DC. The 2013 conference is the 20th anniversary of the conference—a significant milestone and a reason for celebration!

 

Stay tuned for next month’s Digest, which will contain information about the Call for Papers and other new conference developments. One change is already in the works—the team is pleased to announce that the review process will be completely online for the upcoming year. The online process is similar to the type of process used for journal peer reviewing, and the new process will greatly simplify the processing required for the proceedings.

 

Another new development is the addition of symposium submissions as a new category of submissions. A typical symposium submission contains 3-5 papers on a theme or topic, and all papers will be presented together in one session. This category of submission allows for an in-depth exploration of an issue of interest, and usually authors are noted experts in the field. The Call for Papers will provide full details about how to submit for this new category.

 

A final new development that will make many of you smile involves online access to conference papersbefore the conference. We are very pleased to announce that the new peer review processing system will allow us to put both the program and manuscripts online for conference registrants to view at their convenience. Only conference registrants will have access to the manuscripts both before and after the conference. This limited distribution helps us to comply with the APA guidelines for prior publication.

 

Looking ahead, be sure to note that the 2013 conference is a full two weeks earlier than last year’s conference, and will be held from Feb 14-16, 2013. These dates mean that we have less time to finalize the conference program after the manuscript review process. Consequently, you should expect that the submission dates will be moved up and firm—no extensions will be granted. We suggest that you plan to submit your papers well in advance of the due date, which will be announced in the Call for Papers next month.

 

If you have any questions, please contact any one of us listed here. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Best Regards,

Julia Storberg-Walker, Senior VP-Conferences & Events
David Kopp, VP-Conferences
Jia Wang, Program Chair
Julie Gedro, Proceedings Editor
Diane Chapman, Associate Proceedings Editor


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SIGnals News and Notes

State of the Quantitative Research Methods (QRM) SIG

QRM SIG is focused on advancing scholars’ and practitioners’ knowledge and expertise in quantitative research methods (QRM). We welcome participation of all interested AHRD members in this pursuit.

The recent meeting in Denver was fruitful as the steering committee set the agenda for the upcoming year. The SIG’s "to do" list includes contributing to the AHRD Digest, presenting papers at the 2013 AHRD Conference, contributing to the four AHRD journals, and compiling a list of helpful tools for quantitative inquiry.

To begin the "helpful tools" project, the SIG steering committee encourages members to submit questions on QRM topics to the Chair, Kim Nimon (Kim.Nimon@unt.edu). This will enlarge the SIG members’ understanding of how to help AHRD members with their specific concerns. Additionally, the QRM SIG invites all Academy members to contribute abstracts of QRM-relevant articles that might be a useful reference. Article abstracts may focus on QRM fundamentals or quantitative subjects that have sparked your interest to learn more about quantitative methods.

 

Here are a couple of abstracts already submitted …

Nimon, K., Henson, R., & Gates, M.S. (2010). Revisiting interpretation of canonical correlation analysis: A tutorial and demonstration of canonical commonality analysis, Multivariate Behavioral Research, 45, 702-724.

In the real-world scenario of human resource development research, researchers may care about multiple outcomes that have multiple causes. In such a scenario, canonical correlation is an appropriate alternative to conducting myriad multiple regression analyses using the same predictor set. Not only does it mitigate the ensuing Type I error (falsely indicating statistical significance) that can result, but canonical correlation may detect relationships that would might not be otherwise be found by examining each outcome variable separately. This article explains how to interpret the results of canonical correlation and provides software in R and SPSS to help researchers easily interpret canonical effects.

 

Lombardi, C.M., & Hurlbert, S.H. (2009). Misprescription and misuse of one-tailed tests. Austral Ecology, 34, 447-468.

 

Commonly, human resource development (HRD) scholars and practitioners investigate phenomena of interest by using null hypothesis testing (NHT) to determine significance levels of outcome variables and regression coefficients (p values and confidence intervals). This is accomplished within the context of the student’s t-test, where researchers choose one-tailed or two-tailed t-distributions for parametric and/or nonparametric statistical tests. One-tailed tests are not recommended for social science research and should not be used at all in HRD inquiry. The authors compellingly review advantages, disadvantages, and prevailing misinformation with respect to one-tailed tests and discuss the limited utility of these measures.

 

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Technically Speaking

Virtual HRD Spotlight: Google+ as a One Stop Location for Social Media Needs

By: Tekeisha Zimmerman

 

There’s no denying that social media websites have changed the way we communicate in both our professional and personal lives. For HR practitioners and researchers, these sites have allowed us to expand our networks, interact with colleagues around the country and always "stay connected.” Quite often in the world of social media, there is a clear delineation between sites that are used for business and those that are used for leisure. The introduction of Google+ (aka Google Plus) may alter this tendency, as this is a site that is built to allow for both.

 

Google+ was opened for public use in late 2011 and advertised as a platform for sharing. What makes Google+ different from other social media sites is the degree of control it allows its users. In most other sites, you must choose to add people to your profile. Once they are added, they can view your activity and anything you post. Google+ offers the option of circles. Circles allow you to segment the people you interact with on the site into different groups. Once your circles are created, you can control the content shared with each group. For example, you may choose to separate one group of people into the category of "colleagues” with whom you share research ideas and separate another group of people into the category of "family” with whom you share personal updates. In short, circles allow you to connect with both personal and professional contacts all on the same website, while also allowing you to control what each group sees.

 

Another useful feature of Google+ is its integration with other Google products. The site seamlessly integrates Gmail, Google Docs, Google messenger, YouTube and the powerful Google Search engine all in one location. You will only need one username and password to operate most of these services. From a collaboration standpoint, the Google Docs feature allows you to share documents of your choice with selected people. Once shared, you have the option to allow others to add comments and make updates to the document. One of the most popular features the site offers is Google hangout. Google hangout allows you to conduct a video chat with up to nine people at once. People can "hang-out” even if their computer does not come equipped with a webcam.

 

Social media is changing the way we live and work, and Google+ is a leading innovator in this change. It is accessible via computer and on mobile devices as a downloadable app. Google+ is a one-stop location that allows you to "share the right things with just the right people,” just as it advertises on its site. HR professionals and practitioners looking for a single location to combine multiple aspects of communication and collaboration are encouraged to test it out.

 

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The PEN Is Mightier...

Is your academic program a member of PEN? The Program Excellence Network (PEN) is committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of HRD education. This includes professional development as well as fostering the scholarship of teaching. To learn more about PEN and its benefits for your university program, please contact Wendy Ruona at wrouna@uga.edu.


Member Spotlight

Khalil DiraniMarilyn Byrd

Marilyn Byrd, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and has been an active member of AHRD since 2005. During that time, Marilyn has contributed her expertise to improving HRD research and scholarship through the Academy. In particular she has reviewed for, served as a symposium chair during, and presented at the AHRD conference in the Americas. She is an active member of the Cultural Diversity SIG Steering Committee and serves on the editorial board of Advances in Developing Human Resources. She has also presented as part of the AHRD Webcast Series. Marilyn has recently finished reading, The End of Diversity As We Know It: Why Diversity Efforts Fail and How Leveraging Difference Can Succeed by Martin Davidson (2011). When asked about her experiences with AHRD, Marilyn said she has enjoyed the professional networks that she has formed since joining AHRD. She also noted that many of her career-building opportunities began within the Academy.

 

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AHRD June 2012 Webcast

Keys to Building & Sustaining Ethical Business Cultures: Survey Development and Validation of the Ethical Business Culture Construct

Please note: All Webcasts are limited to 95 registrants. Webcasts are free for AHRD members. Nonmembers may attend for $25.

 

Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Noon Central Daylight Time, 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

 

REGISTRATION AND FULL EVENT DETAILS

 

Presenters:

Douglas Jondle, PhD, MBA; Research Director, Center for Ethical Business Cultures at the Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas - Minnesota; Alexandre Ardichvili, PhD; Professor of HRD at the University of Minnesota

 

Description:

The global financial crisis of the 2000s was accompanied by a series of ethical breakdowns within business institutions. This surprised many business practitioners, academics, and legislators, who believed measures taken after earlier spectacular scandals would mitigate re-occurrence of the abuse and misconduct. Does this revelation suggest that measures taken failed to provide reliable protection against major ethics violations? Were the measures appropriate, were they targeting the right set of issues and problems? We argue that creating formal codes of ethics and conducting ethics training is necessary, but insufficient: Ethical behavior is promoted and facilitated by an ethical business culture. To develop and support ethical business cultures in organizations, HRD practitioners need to be able to utilize quantitative benchmarks for measuring the initial parameters and later progress of their efforts. Therefore, the creation of reliable instruments for measuring organizational ethical culture is both practically and theoretically important. In our discussion, we will report on the creation of the ethical business culture construct consisting of five uniquely quantifiable characteristics and their measurement using the Ethical Business Culture Survey instrument.

 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Attention HRD Theory SIG Membership!

Catherine Marsh and Carol Rusaw recently accepted positions as co-chairs of the HRD Theory SIG and would like to hear about what scholars and practitioners think about the status of foundational theories of HRD, particularly in light of recent technological advances and the proliferation of social media. They would like to examine a range of views through the SIG website and invite your comments and ideas; if you are doing research to investigate the applicability of foundational HRD theories or have discovered an interesting observation from a field of HRD practice, please share it in the discussion area. Catherine and Carol would like to develop a proposal for an innovative session to debate the foundational theories at next year's conference in Washington. They would also welcome ideas for a webinar on the topic to promote additional member engagement. Lastly, if you have ideas that will bring greater interest and discussion of the topic, such as serving on a steering committee or proposing an article or symposium for publication, they would love to talk to you. You can contact Catherine at cmarsh@northpark.edu or Carol at ACRusaw456@comcast.net.

 

Current graduate student members

Current graduate student members are needed to contribute their ideas and perspectives to a new AHRD webpage link specific to the needs and interest of graduate students. If you would like to help (about 1 hour of your time), please contact Robin Grenier at robin.grenier@gmail.com

 

Calling all Qualitative Inquiry SIG members!

Kori Whitener Fellows has put out a call for nominations for a steering committee position in the Qualitative Inquiry SIG. The position is for a 2-year term. The position is open to any member of the SIG, and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Nominations and self-nominations can be sent to Kori at koriwhitener@netzero.com through May 30. Elections will be held in June.

 

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AHRD Awards

Nominations for the AHRD Awards will open on August 1 with a new submission system. The deadline for awards submissions this year is October 20, due to the earlier date of the 2013 conference—February 13-16, 2013.

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Job Openings

Talent Development Lead ~ The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Organization: posted by Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group
Location (City/State): Battle Creek, MI

 

For additional information about this opening or any other, or to post a position, check out the Career Opportunities page on the AHRD website.back to top


Announcements and Accomplishments

  • Jason Moats is pleased to announce that the Scholar Practitioner SIG charter revisions were recently adopted. Thanks to everyone who voted and helped the SP SIG advance.
  • Sarah Minnis at TAMU has taken an exciting position as the Campus Services Program Lead for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) partners with colleges and universities around the country to provide support and resources for wounded warriors attending higher education. Sarah is working on her dissertation research exploring combat veterans transition from higher education to civilian employment. Congratulations, Sarah!
  • Considering the great amount of interest we received for the 11th International Conference of the AHRD Asia Chapter & the 2nd Conference of the MENA Chapter as well as the requests for extending the submission deadline, the conference management team has decided to extend the submission deadline of abstracts/manuscripts until August 1, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://www.beykon.org/eng.htm.
  • Call for Full Manuscripts for Special Issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources
    Wendy Ruona (University of Georgia) and Tabitha Coates (Colorado State University) are currently working to pull together a special issue for Advances in Developing Human Resources (http://adh.sagepub.com/) that is focused on the issues that are "pulling” on the HRD profession and our knowledge base—the issues that our field should be thinking more about, especially in terms of how it affects the kind of work that HRD professionals do/should be doing in the future and, thus, the knowledge we should be generating to best prepare for meeting those demands.

    We are looking for full manuscripts that are ready for immediate blind review and that will provoke and stimulate the profession. If you’re interested and have a ready manuscript that you think would fit with what we’re looking for, please contact Wendy Ruona (wruona@uga.edu) to explore further.

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Final Thoughts

To all those attending the AHRD Conference in Europe – have a wonderful time in Portugal and be sure to share your adventures and photos on the AHRD Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AcademyofHumanResourceDevelopment.back to top


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