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From the Board

AHRD succeeds because of the hard work and dedication of its members. Members serve in a variety of volunteer roles from our board to committee assignments to heading up our conference team. We hope that you will value your membership enough to contribute your time and expertise. There are always opportunities to serve.

Call for Nominations

Associate Proceedings Editor, 2017 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

The associate proceedings editor is a critical leadership and volunteer position within the Academy of Human Resource Development. This position requires a three-year commitment that includes advancement to a position of increased responsibility in each successive year. The effective term for this position is March 2016 through March 2019. The first year of the term is spent as the Associate Proceedings Editor for the 2017 Conference Proceedings of the AHRD International Annual Conference in the Americas. The second year is spent as Proceedings Editor for the 2018 Conference Proceedings. The third year is spent as the Program Chair for the 2019 Conference.

The associate proceedings editor will have the primary responsibility of managing the peer review process and is the primary contact with the conference track chairs during the review process. This is a critical position within the conference team and will require up to 15 hours of work per week, especially in the period August 2016 through January 2017. The position requires strong writing and editing skills, because the finished product has to pass through many steps before it reaches the conference proceedings. The conference team manages the development process of the conference proceedings, including managing manuscripts, scheduling individual conference sessions, coordinating with the conference planning team and ensuring the timely and accurate creation of the International Research Conference Proceedings. The associate proceedings editor plays a big part in the management of the review process by coordinating with the ten track chair editors.

The requirements for this position are:

  • Have published in a proceedings for an AHRD affiliated conference (i.e. the AHRD conference in the Americas, the UFHRD conference in Europe, or the AHRD conference in Asia).
  • Have been a reviewer or Track Chair for an AHRD affiliated conference.
  • Have experience in project management.
  • Hold AHRD membership and maintain membership for the duration of the position.
  • Academic or educational institution affiliation preferred but not required.

The preferred skills for this position are:

  • General computer knowledge: document editing software, like Microsoft Word.
  • Exceptional project management skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Creative, flexible, a good listener.
  • Be able to multi-task and to work with a close deadline.


  • Assist in determining the relevance and appropriateness of submissions for the conference proceedings.
  • Assist the Proceedings Editor in carrying the overall responsibility for the published content.
  • Work in collaboration with the Track Chair Editors and authors.
  • Work with proofreaders in order to ensure correct text.
  • Copy / edit contents of the works done by authors.
  • Work closely with the Proceedings Editor to ensure an effective design of the proceedings.
  • Provide editorial help for specific sections or articles.
  • Participate in meetings and other events.
  • Develop and facilitate training of track chair editors and others.

Call for Nominations

Track Chair, AHRD Conference 2017

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) solicits applications or nominations for the position of Track Chair of the annual AHRD Conference. There are nine Track Chair positions to be filled. The AHRD Conference Planning Team and the AHRD Board have elevated the Track Chair to a strategic leadership role as a means to provide a more rewarding conference experience for attendees. The Conference Track Chairs will play a critical role to achieve this goal.

The AHRD Conference Track Chair serves a key leadership role by ensuring that the content and the design of the refereed and non-refereed sessions are supportive of the particular Track. Track Chairs must: 1) manage the process of reviewing, selecting, and organizing scholarly papers, 2) initiate, organize, and when possible facilitate invited symposia or panel discussions, and 3) actively encourage and provide feedback to individuals submitting proposals for sessions. The Track Chair interacts with the Conference Program Chair, the Conference Planning Team, and related SIG leaders to ensure the highest quality learning experience for conference attendees.

Track Chairs are responsible for assembling and managing a team to support their efforts, including the possible designation of one or more Associate Track Chairs. Track Chairs should be recognized as productive researchers in their own right and have project management, leadership, and communication skills. This is a nine-month renewable position, effective July 2016 through the conclusion of the AHRD Conference.  Former Track Chairs, SIG leaders, and leading scholars/practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tracks for the 2017 AHRD Conference are as follows:

2017 AHRD Conference Tracks

  1. Workplace Learning
  2. Organization Development & Change
  3. International; Global & Cross Cultural Issues
  4. Leadership & Career Development
  5. Critical, Social Justice, Diversity Perspectives in HRD
  6. HRD Performance & Strategy
  7. Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD
  8. Assessment & Evaluation
  9. Research Methodology
  10. Non-refereed Submissions

Applications or nominations, in the form of a CV and a cover letter specifying the interested track, should be sent to the AHRD Office at The Conference Team will review and recommend a slate of Track Chairs for Board Approval.

Questions about the expectations of the Track Chair may be directed to the current Proceedings Editor at or Program Chair at

2016 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas

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

We Will See You in Jacksonville, Florida for the 2016 Conference in the Americas!

The AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas is taking place in sunny and warm Jacksonville, FL February 18-20 (with pre-conference activities February 17-18). Check out the 2016 Conference Central for all the details of the conference.

Conference Attendees: This is the first year we have a conference app. Download it now to help you plan your conference. And, be sure to check out the Conference Proceedings and the Non-Refereed Description prior to the conference.

Planning has already begun for the 2017 conference that will be in San Antonio, TX (March 2-4, with pre-conference activities taking place February 28-March 1). AHRD invites applicants for the Associate Proceedings Editor and Track Chairs to support this and future conferences. Applications or nominations, in the form of a CV and a cover letter specifying interest and qualifications as related to the role, should be sent to the AHRD Office at by February 16 (Associate Proceedings Editor) and March 31 (Track Chairs).The Conference Team will review and recommend suitable candidates for Board Approval. Questions about the expectations of the Associate Proceedings Editor may be directed to the current Proceedings Editor at or Program Chair at Check out the call for these positions on the 2017 Conference Central.

The AHRD Conference begins in just a few days! We hope you are ready to convene in sunny and warm Jacksonville, Florida, February 18-20 (with pre-conference activities February 17-18). Check out Conference Central and be sure to check out the new AHRD Conference mobile app. It contains the full schedule, sponsor and exhibitor information and more. Download it at

Access the Conference Mobile App

qr code AHRD is excited to present the conference mobile app once again! Special thanks to HRDR for sponsoring the mobile app! The app will offer you easy access to the conference schedule, attendee profiles, exhibitor lists, and hotel map, and will allow you to receive important alerts regarding conference events.

There are a couple of ways to download the mobile app. You can open the following link on your mobile device browser ( or you can scan the QR Code shown above.

After a few seconds you should see a small pop-up prompt where you can "add to home screen." This will install the app on your device. You can also bookmark the app on your computer so you can easily access the agenda and other event-related information prior to the conference in one easy click.

NOTE: For Apple device users, you will not get an automatic popup, but will need to tap the menu bar where the time is displayed to get the share icon. From there, you can add the app to your home screen.

Once you download the app, you can edit your profile directly from the app by selecting “Attendees” and then selecting the “Add/Edit Profile” option at the top. Enter any information you want to share with others. Please note: Your email address will not be visible to others. 

Thank You, Mobile App Sponsor!

HRD Review

Conference Keynote

The keynote address on Friday morning, HR Analytics: Why, What, How & So What, features Laurie Bassi, renowned author, economist, and researcher, focusing on the emerging trends, challenges, and issues our profession faces as HR/HRD analytics become rooted in organizations.

Town Forum

The Town Forum on Thursday afternoon features presenters and hosts Susan Madsen and Julia Storberg-Walker along with an invited panel of distinguished scholars launching the conference with Theorizing, Knowledge, and Community: Exploring the Hidden Connections, a session to inspire the HRD community to engage in meaningful, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research and theorizing that will make a difference in the world.

Conference Highlights

  • PEN meeting for program chairs of academic programs in HRD.
  • Opening Reception (Thursday evening) at the hotel followed by an optional Jacksonville Boat Cruise. The optional boat cruise is sold out.
  • Friday evening, members will have the option of joining a group for a tour of acclaimed breweries in Jacksonville. If a quieter dinner is more your style, we’ll have sign-ups available for group dinners at some of Jacksonville’s best restaurants.
  • Presidential Dinner featuring entertainment and celebrating the AHRD community and the many accomplishments of its members. A special thank you to the University of Southern Mississippi – Department of Human Capital Development for sponsorship of the Presidential Dinner!
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Reminder: Support the AHRD Silent Auction

Support the AHRD Foundation with a Silent Auction item! The Silent Auction will be open throughout the conference and will close on Saturday evening, February 20. If you are interested in donating an item for the silent auction, please simply bring the item, including the estimated value of the item, to the conference registration desk when you check-in.

Thank You, 2016 Sponsors!

ATD logo HRD Review
HRD Quarterly logo Southern Miss Gulf Coast logo
Wiley logo

Thank You, 2016 Exhibitors!

  • Association for Talent Development (ATD)
  • Columbia Southern University
  • Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)
  • Springer
  • The University of Southern Mississippi – Department of Human Capital Development


2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA Call for Track Chairs and Reviewers

The 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA will be held in Ifrane, Morocco ( will be held in Ifrane, Morocco with a cooperation of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.  The theme of the conference is “Promoting Intangible Capital for Economic Growth National and Organizational Perspectives.”  For further details about the conference, please visit

Conference in Asia in Morocco

For the Asia and MENA region conference, the following tracks will be created:

  • International, National, and Virtual HRD
  • HRD Theory, Measurement, and Research Methods
  • Leadership Development, Career Development, and Diversity Issues
  • Learning, Training, Organization Development, Technology, and Performance Improvement
  • Scholar-Practitioner Perspectives

If you are interested in serving as a track chair or a reviewer for any of the above tracks, please visit this link: and enter information about yourself and your preference. Or, you can email Prof. Jason Heffner, Lecturer of HRD at Al Akhawayn University, at

The responsibilities of a track chair include:

  • Recruiting reviewers (we will share the list of reviewers volunteered for your track).
  • Distributing manuscripts to reviewers using EasyChair.
  • Following the reviews, the Track Chairs are required to provide for each paper/abstract their own accept/reject recommendation.

We will be available to meet you in person at the 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Americas in Jacksonville, FL, from February 17 to 19. 

Thank you so much for your attention.

Conference Organizing Committee
The 2016 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia and MENA

International Conference on Theory and Applications in the Knowledge Economy

Have you dreamed of visiting Portugal — one of the most beautiful countries in the world? Here's your chance!

The GOVCOPP Research Centre of the Universidade De Aveiro in Aveiro, central Portugal, is hosting the first International Conference on Theory and Applications in the Knowledge Economy – TAKE 2016. This conference is designed on earlier models of the MSKE conferences held in Portugal that many of you may have attended. The conference is scheduled for July 6-8, 2016, with abstracts due by March 15.

See full details at

Eduardo Tome is the conference facilitator; Gary N. McLean will be a keynote speaker and is a stream chair. Both are active AHRD members.

We hope to see several AHRD members joining us in Portugal!

Conference on Competence Theory, Research and Practice

To My Dear AHRD Colleagues:

As you may know, because of my official farewell speech on October 20, 2016, at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, I am organizing an international conference in Wageningen, on Competence Theory, Research and Practice. The dates of the conference are October 19-21, 2016.

Two of the key note speakers are known by now:

  • Joao Santos, Acting Head of Unit C5, Vocational training and adult education, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission.
  • Reinhold Weiss, Deputy President and Head of Research, Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB), Bonn, Germany.

We are working on a third keynote speaker from the field of HRD. It will be a woman from a large organization with the final responsibility for HR.

Call for submissions:

The field of competence studies has grown exponentially. It has gained wide interest in all sectors of education, in various types of organizations, in research and in consultancy. Competence-based education, training and development, competence management and core-competence strategy have been blossoming since the 1960s.

What has theory, research and practical experience with implementing competence solutions brought us? What progress has been made, and to what extent has competence-based practices resulted in improved sustainable performance?

What have competence sceptics said; are their concerns valid? Is competence-based practice an empty shell in the sense that there is a big gap between competence-as-theory and competence-based-strategy? In current educational and management sciences and practice, competence-based strategies are common place. But are the claims of proponents of all competence modelling, assessment and development, which is going on right now, justified?

There is much talk about theories and definitions of competence, and there are many different perspectives. Some speak about exclusive epistemologies by which competence-based practices are being framed as a technical-instrumental; others contend that those practices are integral or holistic, and based on a variety of different knowledge theories.

Various alternative concepts have been brought to the fore to express what is needed to be successful in personal growth, education, employment and societal participation: capabilities, attributes, expertise, talents, excellence and more. The boundaries of these concepts are not clear. Some state that they are just positions on a proficiency scale which ranges from no, via mediocre to excellent competence. Indeed, professional competence can leave much to be desired, but also way over what can be expected. Was the rescue of Apollo XIII a matter of superior expertise, brilliant capability or extreme competence? The question is, does this word game really matter? Essential is that the crew of the mission returned to planet Earth safely. And that all involved were able to solve life-threatening challenges.

In this melting-pot of contradicting interpretations, is there room for convergence and synthesis? Can different approaches which seem opposite and unbridgeable be reconciled?

These, and more, questions will be raised during the international conference on competence theory, research and practice.

For this conference I would like to copy the organization model I used for a conference we held in Spring 2015, which drew a crowd of 350 people. The Competence conference in 2016 does not need to be so big, but the organization was effective.

I would like to see a fair amount of coherent symposia during this conference. For that, I would like to invite you as member of the Scientific Programming Committee. The task I would expect you to do for this is to prepare one or more international symposium proposals (of 3 to 4 thematically coherent paper proposals) for the conference, and to review submissions. If you are interested in this, please let me know, so that I can add your names and affiliation to the website.

Since the conference is a not-for-profit event, we expect all participants, including presenters and members of the Scientific Programming Committee (as in all academic conferences) to register and pay the fee (which will be 350 Euros).

The conference is already announced via

Looking forward to your participation.  
With best wishes,

Martin Mulder, Ph.D.

Call for Chapters: The Enduring Thoughts of the Thinkers of Organizational Change Palgrave Macmillan Change Thinkers Handbook


The aim of this handbook is to introduce the reader to an assemblage of thought about change in organizations by providing a clear and concise overview of key developments in the field over the last 100 years. The handbook features inspiring and thought-provoking profiles of legendary organizational change thinkers (both scholars and practitioners) highlighting significant advancements in how organizational change has been conceived, theorized, researched, and practiced. This handbook captures in one manuscript the concepts, theories, and models of the sages who invented, built, and advanced the research and practice of change in organizations. Each chapter will be written by a different contributing author and feature the influences and motivations, key contributions, new insights, legacies and unfinished business of a renowned organizational change thinker. The handbook is organized across three periods: early, contemporary and emergent.

Legendary Thinkers and Contributing Authors

Response to our inquiries among organizational change scholars and practitioners to be profiled and contributing authors has been remarkable.

Here is a partial listing of some of our thinkers and committed contributing authors:

Chris Argyris

Lee Bolman, University of Missouri

Richard Beckhard

Ron Fry, Case Western Reserve University

Robert Blake & Jane Mouton

Warner Burke, Columbia University

David Cooperrider

Frank Barrett, Naval Post Graduate Academy

Fred Emery

Merrelyn Emery, Concordia University

Loizos Heracleous

Angeliki Papachroni, Warwick Business School

Elliott Jacques

Margaret Gorman, Northeastern University

Ed Lawler

Susan Mohrman, University of Southern California

Douglas McGregor

Therese Yaeger and Peter Sorensen, Benedictine University

Bob Quinn

Gretchen Spreitzer, University of Michigan

Reginald Revans

Mike Pedler, University of Reading

Edith Seashore

Barbara Bunker, University of Buffalo, SUNY

Ed Schein

David Coghlan, Trinity College

Ralph Stacey

Chris Mowles, University of Hertfordshire

Michael Tushman

Sonya Sackmann, University BwMunich

Andy Van de Ven

Kevin Dooley, Arizona State University

Karl Weick

David Schwandt, The George Washington University

We are in the process of engaging contributing authors to write many of the profiles. What follows is our current list of thinkers that we plan to profile in the handbook. Those thinkers with an asterisk next to their names do not as yet have contributing authors. If you are interested in writing about any of them, please examine the following sections of this call for chapters and follow the submission guidelines described below.

Early Years

Richard Beckhard; Warren Bennis; Wilfred Bion*; Robert Blake & Jane Mouton; Robert Chin & Kenneth Benne; Lester Coch and John R. P. French*; W. Edward Deming; Fred Emery; Merrelyn Emery; Mary Parker Follet; Ed Lawler; Paul Lawrence & Jay Lorsch*; Kurt Lewin; Rensis Likert; Ron Lippitt; Elton Mayo*; Douglas McGregor; Eric Miller; Reginald Revans*; A. K. Rice; Edith Seashore; Frederick Taylor; Bob Tannenbaum; and Eric Trist.

Contemporary Times

Billie Alban; Chris Argyris; Jean Bartunek; Mike Beer*; David Bohm*; Barbara Bunker*; Warner Burke; Kim Cameron; David Cooperrider; Sam Culbert; Kathy Dannemiller*; Jay Galbraith; Robert Golembiewski*; Larry Greiner; Bjorn Gustavsen*; Elliott Jacques; Kaleel Jamison*; Rosabeth Moss Kanter*; Judith H. Katz*; Manfred Kets de Vries; John Kotter*; Phil Mirvis; Susan Mohrman; David A. Nadler; Jean Neumann*; William Pasmore, Andrew Pettigrew; Bob Quinn; Henri Savall; Edgar Schein; Donald Schon; Noel Tichy; Bill Torbert; Peter Vaill; Andy Van de Ven; Karl Weick; Marvin Weisbord; and Richard Woodman.

Emergent Thinking

David Boje; Bernard Burnes; Gervase Bushe, Raymond Caldwell; David Coghlan; Barbara Czarniawska*; Patrick Dawson; Dan Denison; Kevin Dooley; Dexter Dunphy; Amy Edmondson*; Jeffrey Ford*; Connie Gersick*; Armand Hatchuel; Loizos Heracleous; Quy Huy; Bob Marshak; Debra Noumair*; Shaul Oreg*; Alex Pentland*; Marshall Scott Poole; Joanne Preston; Otto Scharmer*; Rami Shani; Peter Sorensen*; Ralph Stacey; Ram Tenkasi*; Haridimos Tsoukas*; Michael Tushman, and Therese Yaeger*.

Please Note: Thinker names noted with an asterisk* do not as yet have an assigned contributing author.


Each of the profile chapters will follow the outline presented below:

Section 1: Influences and Motivations

This first section briefly describes the influences that motivated the thinker to investigate change in organizations (for example, the theorist’s scholarly mentors). The focus is on the professional, intellectual, educational, social, and real-world influences that stimulated the theorist’s curiosities about change in organizations and acts as an introduction to the theorist’s story.

Section 2: Key Contributions

Four or five advancements that were central to the work of the thinker are reviewed in this section. These are theoretical, methodological, and practical contributions. This is not an exhaustive coverage, but a presentation and discussion of the person's most significant contributions to organizational change. Those innovations or ideas that have endured over time are emphasized.

Section 3: New Insights

In this third section, contributing authors present a graphic sense of how their thinker illuminated their own view of organizational change using examples taken from the literature or the world of everyday life in organizations. This section will underscore how the work of these scholars has spurred new developments in theory and research that have led us to view change in organizations in new and surprising ways.

Section 4: Legacies and Unfinished Business

This section will address questions such as: what are the major intellectual legacies of this thinker? Which later thinkers has he or she influenced? Which parts of the thinker’s legacy are still being investigated or have yet to be fully investigated? Are there themes that have been criticized by later thinkers that have shed light on the problem that motivated the original thinker? What later thinkers have explored the issues of this thinker and carried them further?

Section 5: Further Reading

This final section includes a short list of books and journal articles that enable readers to take their interests further.

Word Count per Profile Chapter

Although the profile chapters will vary in length, we suggest that contributing authors develop profiles that range between 5,000 to 7,000 words.

Important Dates

Following are the initial deadlines for the chapters. Please take a close look and make sure you have the necessary time to meet these deadlines. Our timeframes are tight and there is not much space for pushing the timelines

  • First draft of chapter due approximately: 30 April 2016
  • Edited chapters returned no later than 1 July 2016
  • Revisions due no later than 15 August 2016
  • Drafts returned no later than 1 October 2016
  • Final revisions (if required) due no later than 1 November 2016
  • Final drafts submitted for Thinker review (if applicable) and/or returned to Contributor no later than 1 December 2016
  • Publication for handbook is Winter 2017

Submission Instructions

The chapter proposal should be written in Times Roman 12 point font and follow the structure below.

If you have any interest in writing about any of the thinkers listed that need contributing authors (highlighted in green), please submit the following no later than 28 February 2016 via email to

  1. A sample of your writing, preferably peer reviewed.
  2. A legendary organizational change thinker (or thinkers) you would be interested in writing about.
  3. A 500 word or less description about how the thinker(s) has impacted and influenced your work and why you would like to write his/her chapter.
  4. A brief author(s) biography (including qualifications, current institutional affiliation, and a listing of any related publications).
  5. Contact information (e.g. email, Skype, mobile and work phone numbers) so we may contact you. Please Note: Contributors may be requested to serve as reviewers for this project. In addition, because our list of legendary thinkers is continuously evolving, if there is a legendary thinker not our list that you believe should be added, please develop a brief statement for the inclusion of the thinker in your submission.

Inquiries and Submissions

Please forward all inquiries and submissions to the editors at  

David Szabla, The George Washington University
Bill Pasmore, Columbia University
Mary Barnes, The George Washington University

7th ACU HRM Network Conference in Mauritius, 16-19 October 2016

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the University of Mauritius are jointly organising the 7th ACU HRM Network conference in Mauritius from 16-19 October 2016 at Le Meridien Ile Maurice.

The conference theme is ‘HR steps up’ and focused on the HR management of Universities. The AHRD members are invited to participate and submit papers as per the call for papers (see link below).

This will be a great opportunity to share HR practices and research for the effective and efficient management of Universities with the participants from around the world. Looking forward to receiving your proposals and papers, and welcoming you at the conference in October 2016.

Senior Lecturer, University of Mauritius



The new editorial team for HRDQ is hard at work! This includes Co-Editors Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, and Jon Werner, Managing Editor Heather Short (University of Portsmouth, UK,, and Associate Editors Travor Brown, Claire Gubbins, Thomas Reio, Maura Sheehan, and Seung Won Yoon. We are committed to building the impact of the journal in the HRD field and beyond.

We invite you to join us at the AHRD conference in Jacksonville. Three specific events to highlight are:

  • HRDQ Editorial Board meeting – Friday, February 19, 7:00-8:30 am, Naples Room.
  • AHRD ‘Meet the Editors’ session – Friday, February 19, 3:30-5:00 pm.
  • HRDQ Professional Development Workshop – Publication Ethics and the Academy of Human Resource Development – facilitated by Prof Susan Madsen, Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics. Saturday, February 20, 1:30-3:30 pm.

We are delighted to share with you the Top Accessed Articles in HRDQ of the 2015 Volume Year:

We are also pleased to share forthcoming content that is now available on Early View:

Peer Reviewed Papers:

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 and Laura Pincus Hartman

To Reveal or Conceal? Managers' Disclosures of Private Information During Emotional Intelligence Training, Kathryn Thory

Diversity Training Programme Outcomes: A Systematic Review, Hussain Alhejji, Thomas Garavan, Ronan Carbery, Fergal O'Brien and David McGuire

Personality Traits and Career Satisfaction in Training and Development Occupations: Toward a Distinctive T&D Personality Profile, Eric D. Sundstrom, John W. Lounsbury, Lucy W. Gibson and Jason L. Huang

Other Content:

Media Review of: The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development, Reviewed by John Dewar Wilson

Media Review of: Handbook of Human Resource Development, Reviewed by Sunyoung Park

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Have You Heard of Publons?

Publons is available to researchers and others to get credit for peer reviewing. Each reviewer is asked to create a profile, and then reviews completed by journal can be noted in this profile. For more information, go to:


As the proud sponsor of the AHRD 2016 conference mobile app, we're excited to announce our "THINK THEORY, THINK SOCIAL, THINK HRDR: Generating New Knowledge Through Community" social media contest!

We encourage faculty, professionals, and students to connect throughout the AHRD Conference in the Americas this February and share this opportunity with HRD colleagues and peers as we approach the conference. We look forward to connecting with you!

Information, rules, and eligibility:

  • Contest is open to all registered AHRD conference attendees (faculty, students, and professionals are eligible to participate).
  • Contest takes place Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 8am EST through Saturday, February 20, 2016, 9pm EST.
  • The prize of the “Think Theory, Think Social, Think HRDR” social media contest will be the value of a 2017 AHRD Conference in the Americas early bird registration fee; its value is non-transferable, non-negotiable. Conference registration will be paid directly by HRDR to AHRD in the name of the contest winner by the early bird registration deadline. Note: If a faculty member is selected as the winner, they may opt to utilize the conference registration for a current student’s registration for the 2017 conference.

To enter, participants must:

  • Have a Facebook and/or Twitter account and must follow HRDR on Facebook and/or Twitter (FB: HRDRJournal, Twitter: @hrdrjournal). Note: The “Think Theory, Think Social, Think HRDR” contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.
  • Post their favorite moment(s) at the AHRD Conference of the Americas following the prompts HRDR will post on Facebook and Twitter throughout the conference. A minimum of one post during the conference is required to enter the contest. However, each person may post more than once per day and through the end of the conference (more chances to be considered for the prize). Posts should be creative, may/may not use photos, and utilize quotes and/or theory whenever appropriate.
  • Use the hashtag ‪#‎HRDR2016‬‬‬ in all contest posts.

Selection of winner:

  • Four finalists will be chosen, two from Facebook and two from Twitter. The post with the most “likes” on Facebook and most “favorites” on Twitter will each be considered for the final prize.
  • Judging criteria for four finalists:
    1) Creativity (e.g., filters, quotes, tags),
    2) Connection to “Generating new knowledge through community” [e.g. use of theory, ideas for future research or article topics, reference to HRDR article(s) or scholars],
    3) Use of #HRDR2016
  • The HRDR Editorial Team will determine the final winner from the four finalists. Winner will be notified by HRDR’s editorial office at the end of February 2016.

For updates and announcements, please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages: @hrdrjournal.


By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

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  • Martin Mulder, Ph.D.
  • I. Vencatachellum

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