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Strategic HRD

Strategic HRD

Description of Track: This track welcomes theoretical and empirical papers that provide insights into the academic and practitioner understanding of strategic HRD.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a strategic HRD function

  • Benefits of strategic HRD

  • Alignment of strategic HRD to business strategy

  • Identifying or developing strategic HRD competencies

  • Strategic HRD as a business driver

  • How strategic HRD relates to T&D, OD, and Career Development (HRD tactics)

  • Strategy as learning

  • The connections between strategy and evaluation/assessment

  • Theories of strategic HRD

  • History of strategic HRD

  • Case studies of effective strategic HRD leadership


Track Chair Editor: Dr. Thomas Garavan

Thomas GaravanThomas is Professor and Associate Dean, Postgraduate Studies and Executive Education, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick. A graduate of the University of Limerick (BBS, 1982; MBS, 1985) and the University of Bristol (Doctor of Education, 1996), he has authored or co-authored 14 books and 100 refereed journal papers and book chapters.

Thomas is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (FIITD) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD). He is also a member of the Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychologists (USA) and a board member of both the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) and the University Forum for Human Resource Development. Thomas is currently Editor and Chief of the Journal of European and Industrial Training and Associate Editor of Human Resource Development International. He has examined doctoral theses at a number of leading universities and business schools, including the University of Swinbourn, Australia, University of Leicester, University of Plymouth, University of Leeds and Northumbria University.

Contact Information: thomas.garavan@ul.ie

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