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From the Board

By Khalil M. Dirani

Oh No, Not Another Global Strategy Update

Over the last three years I’ve worked with other board members to develop a global conference strategy with the hope it will have mutual benefits for the academy and the global HRD community. So instead of writing about some personal reflections on humor and HRD or on the “myth” of work-life balance, I found myself writing this column as another update on our global strategy.

Thus far, I am confident to report that we are satisfied with our work and that we have a good strategy plan with three focus areas. The first focus area is developing partnership relationships with international organizations and among HRD researchers and practitioners across the globe. Two examples of such relationships are the University Forum for HRD (UFHRD) and the International Federation for Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO). Such partnerships bring value for our AHRD community through increased international membership, networking with international scholars and scholar-practitioners, access to international data for collaborative research, and building global presence in regions that were otherwise not accessible for the academy. We need to continue identifying other regional partners who will assist us in building communities of HRD scholars and scholar-practitioners and where we can collaborate on conducting conferences across the globe and in regions of strategic interest where AHRD does not have a regional partner.

The second focus area is developing structures that promote cross-cultural developmental relationships among senior HRD scholars and emerging scholars. One example of such developmental relationships is to encourage international faculty members to join and benefit from access to mentoring partners in the AHRD faculty mentoring program. Other examples include inviting international HRD scholars to attend the AHRD Conference in the Americas and inviting international visiting scholars currently in the United States to a “special event for visiting faculty” at the AHRD Conference in the Americas. In this regard, my colleague Rajashi Ghosh just extended an invitation through the Digest to all international visiting faculty members currently in the United States to attend the 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas, February 18-20 in Jacksonville, Florida. We truly believe that fostering cross-cultural research and practice partnerships is central to the AHRD’s global strategic vision. We believe that attendance of international visiting scholars will provide opportunities for building cross-cultural collaborations and thus, enhance the value of the 2016 AHRD conference.

The third focus is fostering publication streams that highlight the progress of global HRD research and informed practice. One way to accomplish this is inviting the best papers from regional conferences to be presented at the AHRD Conference in the Americas. For example, we can encourage HRD journal editors and editorial board members to help the authors of “best papers” in regional conferences to publish in AHRD journals. We can also invite the authors of “best papers” from regional conferences to pursue AHRD journals as their target publications.

The greatest source of failure in strategy implementation is the mismatch between the desired goals and the resources assigned to achieve them. The good news is that implementing these strategies would incur no financial costs to the Academy. But because we are an organization that encourages and rewards volunteerism, we are as strong as our members — and I encourage all of our members to actively help implement our global strategy. In addition, when it comes to implementation, there is a major role that our board needs to play and that is communicating and creating understanding about the global strategy among all our members.

I really hope our global strategy provides motivation for members to continue their support through active volunteerism and to see the connection between the global conference strategy and the overall AHRD goals. And I hope that this strategy will lead to new forms of connections and engagement with, and between, international HRD scholars and scholar practitioners.


News about the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas Jacksonville, Florida boat cruise for AHRD conference attendees.

Join us in Jacksonville, Florida for the 2016 Conference in the Americas!

The 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) International Research Conference in the Americas is being held February 18-20 (with pre-conference activities February 17-19). Registration Now Open.

Early Bird Deadline: Register by January 15 to save $50, or more!

Visit Conference Central for all information related to the upcoming conference.

Conference Lodging and Location
Make your reservation today!
Omni Jacksonville Hotel
245 Water Street
Jacksonville, FL, USA 32202
Phone: 1+ (904) 355-6664

Room Block Deadline: January 26!

Make Your Reservations: Call 1-800-THE-OMNI and refer to “AHRD” Annual Conference” to receive the group rate or reserve your room online!
Room Rate: $139 plus tax per night

Thought-Provoking Keynote Address

HR Analytics: Why, What, How, So What with Laurie Bassi, CEO, McBassi & Company
Is HR analytics just another HR “flavor of the day” — or is it here to stay? And just what is it, anyway? How and why are firms using it? And what does it mean for you and our profession? These are the topics that Laurie Bassi will tackle in her lively and provocative keynote address at the AHRD conference. Click here to learn more about Dr. Laurie Bassi.

Two Learning-Filled Pre-Conference Workshop Opportunities

Don’t miss your chance to register!

Nurturing Emotionally Intelligent Organizations through Action Learning
with Dr. Edie Williams and Dr. Dave Rude

Wednesday, February 17, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

For decades, private companies and public sector entities have leveraged research-based decision making through action learning. The research on action learning has shown that, overall, it is viewed as an effective business strategy intervention — proving its value as an action-oriented process for working through challenging problems. The connection between emotional intelligence and action learning, however, has not been researched.

Focus Group Design, Facilitation, and Integration with Quantitative Research
with Dr. Ann Gilley and Jessica Brown, MBA

Thursday, February 18, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

A focus group is a structured group interview and it's one of the most widely used methods of qualitative research. Focus groups gather participant opinions, attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs about a concept or topic. Although surveys are effective for collecting large quantities of information and may answer ‘what’ or ‘how many,’ focus groups allow for a deeper understanding of the topic and reveal ‘why.’ Thus, focus groups are an effective method to gather qualitative information and/or complement quantitative studies.

Fun Optional Evening Activities

Jacksonville Boat Cruise

Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Join us on the Foxy Lady II yacht to enjoy the sights of downtown Jacksonville on a two-hour cruise. Along the trip, you’ll also see the Times Union Performing Arts Center, Jacksonville Landing, Friendship Fountain, the Port of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sports Complex — where Everbank Field boasts the largest scoreboard in the U.S. The yacht will feature upper and lower climate-controlled salons and two open-air decks. A variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be served. Cocktails, beer and wine are available at full-service cash bars.

Cost: $55 per person (includes a two-hour hors d’oeuvres boat cruise)

Jacksonville Brewery Tour: Bold City Brewery

The Jacksonville area is fast becoming a major player in the American Brewery Scene! With the addition of Aardwolf Brewery in January 2013, the Jacksonville area boasts 6 acclaimed breweries — ranging from the heavyweight Anheuser-Busch to smaller craft beer producers Engine 15 and Green Room Brewing. In addition to its breweries, Jacksonville has been blessed with a wealth of top-notch gastropubs and brew pubs. Bill Tabone from Play Harder Tours will be your tour guide to explore the first-class brew scene that Jacksonville has to offer.

Cost: $25 per person (includes transportation and tour guide tip). Food and beverage purchases will be on your own.

Date: Friday, February 19
Time: 6:30 – 10:30 pm

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

Does your organization (or one you know of) want to reach leading national and international scholars and practitioners in HRD? If so, check out the opportunities AHRD provides for exhibitors and sponsorship at Conference Central and/or contact Carissa Wolf ( directly.

Visiting Scholars

We are excited to extend an invitation to all international visiting faculty members currently in the United States to attend the 2016 Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) Conference in the Americas, February 18-20 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Fostering cross-cultural research and practice partnerships is central to the AHRD’s global strategic vision. We believe that the attendance of international visiting scholars will provide opportunities for building cross-cultural collaborations and thus, enhance the value of the 2016 AHRD conference.

So, if you are interested to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to connect with the AHRD members and engage in conversations about global HRD research and practice, please email Rajashi Ghosh ( and Khalil Dirani ( to get a Letter of Invitation.

Call for Papers: The 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA

Find the latest AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA news here!

Ifrane, Morocco November 2-4, 2016

This call for papers seeks research-based practice of promoting intangible capital that is essential for the economic growth of nations and organizations. Intangible capital can include human resource, culture, knowledge, and policy. We have members who are from countries that have achieved enormous economic success through the utilization of their intangible capital.

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Manuscripts/proposals submission deadline: August 01, 2016
  • Acceptance notification: September 01, 2016

Organizing Committee

17th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe

Register for 17th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe now!

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. 8-10, June 2016

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Upcoming Important Dates

  • Early Bird Registration deadline has been extended to: Monday, 29 February 2016
  • Full papers to be submitted by: Friday 25 March 2016

Organizing Committee

  • Chair: Dr Linda P Alker,
  • Committee:
    • Professor Carol Atkinson
    • Dr Marilena Antoniadou
    • Dr. Mark Crowder
    • Dr Sarah Crozier
    • Ms Jill Murray
    • Dr Andrew Rowe
    • Ms Stephanie Sturges
    • Mr Gary Lindsay
    • Ms Laura Jack
    • Mrs Kirti Mistry



Many Thanks!

On behalf of my editorial colleagues, the 2013-2015 outgoing team, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for all of the support that we have received during the past three years from the AHRD and UFHRD scholarly communities. We have endeavored to be responsible stewards of HRDQ as well as ambassadors for the HRD field. We welcome the new incoming editorial team and ask that you provide the same level of commitment to them in support of HRDQ.

Kindest regards, Andrea D. Ellinger, Mary Lynn Lunn, Valerie Anderson, Claire Gubbins, Kim F. Nimon, Maura Sheehan, and Jon M. Werner.

As our Editorial Team’s final AHRD Digest submission, we would like to direct your attention to a new blog posting at ATD which features an HRDQ article published by Russell Korte, Samantha Brunhaver, and Sheri Sheppard. The blog post is entitled, “Surprise: New Employees Want Formal Training,” and it can be found within the ATD Science of Learning Blog at the following weblink:

We also draw your attention to forthcoming content in HRDQ:

Early View of Content for Volume 26 Issue 4:

Talent Management and Organizational Diversity: A Call for Research [Editorial]
Maura Sheehan, Napier Edinburgh University
Valerie Anderson, University of Portsmouth

Employees’ Perceived Use of Leader Power and Implications for Affect and Work Intentions
Drea Zigarmi, Ken Blanchard Companies and San Diego State University
Taylor Peyton Roberts, Ken Blanchard Companies and San Diego State University
W. Alan Randolph, Robert G. Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore

The Impact of Ethical Leadership on Employees’ In-Role Performance: The Mediating Effect of Employees’ Psychological Ownership
Cho Hyun Park, Samsung SDS
Woocheol Kim, Korea University of Technology and Education
Ji Hoon Song, Han-Yang University

Organizational Attitudes as Precursors to Training Performance
Sungjun Kim, Korean University Business School
Huh-Jung Hahn, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minnesota
Jinkyu Lee, Korea University Business School

Developing and Applying a New Instrument for Microanalysis of the Coaching Process: The Coaching Process Q-Set
Tatiana Bachkirova, Oxford Brookes University
Jonathan Sibley, JS Coaching & Psychotherapy
Adrian Christopher Myers, Oxford Brookes University

Early View Content Available and Forthcoming for Volume 27 Issue 1

Moving On and Moving Upward: Final Reflections and Farewell [Editorial] [Forthcoming on Early View]
Andrea D. Ellinger, The University of Texas at Tyler

Personality Traits and Career Satisfaction in Training and Development Occupations: Toward a Distinctive T & D Personality Profile
Eric D. Sundstrom, University of Tennessee
John W. Lounsbury, University of Tennessee
Jason L. Huang, Michigan State University

To Reveal or Conceal? Managers’ Disclosures of Private Information during Emotional Intelligence Training
Kathryn Thory, Strathclyde University

Education as a Response to NHRD Gaps in Developing Economies: A Case Study of l’Ecole de Choix / The School of Choice (Haiti), as Critical National Human Resource Development
Julie Gedro, SUNY Empire State College
Laura P. Hartman, Boston University

Diversity Training Programme Outcomes: A Systematic Review
Hussain Alhejji, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
Thomas Garavan, Edinburgh Napier Business School
Ronan Carbery, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
Fergal O’Brien, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
David McGuire, Edinburgh Napier Business School

Media Review of A Comprehensive Guide to the Field of Human Resource Development
Sunyoung Park, Louisiana State University

Media Review of The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development
John Dewar Wilson, Director, Developing Performance Potential

Forthcoming HRDQ Content Soon to Appear in Early View for the next issues of Volume 27:

Making the Invisible Visible: A Cross-Sector Analysis of Gender-Based Leadership Barriers
Amy B. Diehl, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Leanne M. Dzubinski, Biola University

No Place Like the Frontline: A Qualitative Study on what Participant CEOs Learned from Undercover Boss
Denise M. Cumberland, University of Louisville
Meera Alagaraja, University of Louisville

Boredom at Work and Job Autonomy: An Exploratory Case Study within the Catering Sector
Chin-Ju Tsai, Royal Holloway University of London

Media Review of Organizational Climate and Culture: An Introduction to Theory, Research, and Practice
Douglas A. Hummer, North Carolina State University

An Analysis of Award Winning Refereed Articles from the Journals Sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development [Forum Article]
Sunyoung Park, Louisiana State University
Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Drexel University
Gertrude I. Hewapathirana, Ashford University
Karen R. Johnson, The University of Akron
Mauvalyn M. Bowen, Ashford University

Lastly, our Editorial Team encourages AHRD Members to:

  • Check out HRDQ’s Early View
  • Why? Get access to forthcoming articles well in advance of the print copy and publisher’s deadlines so that you can be more informed about compelling HRD research as well as cite it in your research.

To access Early View:
Go to the Wiley online site in support of HRDQ:

Then, on the left tool bar, under Journal Menu, click on Early View. Here, you will find forthcoming content (qualitative, quantitative, Forum articles, and media reviews).

We also suggest that you check out Special Features below Early View. This section contains links to freely accessible electronic issues that feature articles from the Silver Anniversary Volume 25 as well as award winning and highly commended HRDQ published articles.

Thank you! Please continue to send your high quality submissions to HRDQ, and to support the journal through your service as a reviewer. The AHRD and UFHRD Communities are pivotal in helping our field’s journals reach their full potential and have impact within and beyond the HRD field.


The final issue of volume 14 of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR) will feature the following articles this December:

Reclaiming the “D” in HRD: A Typology of Development Conceptualizations, Antecedents, and Outcomes
Thomas N. Garavan, David McGuire, & Monica Lee

Affective Commitment as a Core Essence of Organizational Commitment: An Integrative Literature Review
Zachary A. Mercurio

Characteristics of “Masculinized” Industries: Gay Men as a Provocative Exception to Male Privilege and Gendered Rule
Joshua C. Collins

A Framework for Facilitating Experiential Learning
Makoto Matsuo

A Place at the Window: Theorizing Organizational Change for Advocacy of the Marginalized
Seth A. Jacobson, Jamie L. Callahan, & Rajashi Ghosh

Relational Mentoring Episodes as a Catalyst for Empowering Protégés: A Conceptual Model
Julia M. Fullick-Jagiela, Amy Klemm Verbos, & Christopher William Wiese

Instructor’s Corner
When Methodologies Become Theologies, Applied Disciplines Falter
Thomas A. Chermack & Richard A. Swanson

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  • Stuart Allen (Associate Professor, Robert Morris University), Peter Williams (Assistant Dean, Abilene Christian University, Dallas), and Michael DiLauro (Associate Professor, Director Academic Media Center, Robert Morris University) created an instructional video titled Leadership, Religion, & Spirituality to address the various challenges and opportunities of leading in a growingly diverse US workplace. With the support of the Association of Leadership Educators and Robert Morris University, Stuart and Peter interviewed several leadership scholars and created a three-part, 30-minute instructional video that is openly accessible to educators and students. The three sections, each about 10 minutes long, are: (1) Key Concepts; (2) Workplace Spirituality and Leadership Practice; (3) Spiritual and Religious Practices. The YouTube video is available: and a DVD may be requested from the authors.

  • Peter Williams was recently appointed Assistant Dean, School of Educational Leadership at Abilene Christian University, Dallas. He is the program director of the EdD in Organizational Leadership.


By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

Thank you for your membership. As this year comes to an end, we at AHRD wish you and yours a safe, happy, and prosperous new year!


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