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Rajashi Ghosh

By Rajashi Ghosh, AHRD Board Member

Realizing AHRD’s Global strategy

This is my first time writing a Board column after being re-elected to the AHRD Board. So, thank you very much for trusting me to continue this work on realizing AHRD’s global strategy.

As a first testament to my commitment to realizing AHRD’s global strategy, I am glad to share that the planning for the 2017 Asia AHRD Conference in India is coming along well; we have an impressive lineup of esteemed Keynote Speakers, Panelists, Chairs and Discussants as shown on the Conference website:

Furthermore, we have two very noteworthy pre-conferences scheduled on Nov. 7.

  1. Pre-Conference workshop on Academic & Research Writing by Gary McLean
  2. Pre-Conference workshop on Developing the Leadership Pipeline: Structured on the Job Training by Ron Jacobs

Here are the pre-conference details:

But, what we need most for success of this conference and hence, for realizing AHRD’s global strategy, is participation of AHRD members. I thank all those who have volunteered to be Reviewers and Track team members for this conference. We hope that many of you are planning to submit your work and attend the Conference as well.

Please remember that the deadline to submit the Extended Abstracts for both Full Papers and Work-in Progress papers is approaching.

Here is a glance at the Important Dates for the 2017 Asia AHRD Conference in India:

May 1, 2017 – Extended Abstracts (1,200-1,500 words) Due for Full & WIP
papers (must include Research Methodology description)
July 1, 2017 – Acceptance of Extended Abstracts
August 15, 2017 – Full Paper and Work-in-Process Submissions Due
September 15, 2017 – Revision Comments Notifications Sent
October 5, 2017 – Camera-Ready Papers Due
October 15, 2017 – Final Program Published

More exciting news is that the India conference team is currently in conversation with the editorial team of the International Journal of HRD Policy Practices and Research (IJHRDPPR) and has received initial confirmation that the best papers from each track of the 2017 Asia AHRD Conference can be considered for publication in the journal!!

I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the involvement of the India HRD SIG members and especially the SIG’s Steering Committee members in initial planning for the 2017 Asia AHRD Conference in India. The India HRD SIG was instrumental in nurturing the partnership with the leaders of the Academy of HRD, India, which then evolved to this partnership conference. This is an excellent example of how AHRD members when empowered can work wonders in helping AHRD grow its international presence.

My vision as an AHRD Board member is to create more such opportunities for our members to feel empowered and motivated so that our conferences both in the United States and abroad are geared towards strategically identifying and growing communities of HRD scholars and practitioners in different regions of the world.

News for Members

New Membership Category

AHRD Announces New Publications Only Membership

AHRD's 4 journals

Starting May 1, 2017, AHRD is launching a new Publications Only membership level that provides online access to the four journals sponsored by AHRD (current and past issues) as well as the monthly AHRD Digest. This new level will be available initially for a two-year pilot, the intention being to make published HRD research available to a wider global audience, and also to provide an option of continuing journal access when members no longer wish to sustain their Full Membership status. The new membership level costs $75 per year. Full details will appear on the AHRD website at the beginning of May, and will then be sent to former AHRD members and academic institutions as part of a marketing campaign.

Although there are several key benefits to the new Publications Only membership level, it is important that members note that it excludes voting rights, SIG membership, and access to the members-only section of the website (other than for accessing the journals). In addition, Publications Only members do not receive a discount at AHRD conferences or webinars. There are, therefore, many advantages to retaining Full Membership status.

If you have any questions about the new membership level, please reach out to AHRD at

Raffle Winners

At the AHRD Conference in San Antonio, the Academy held a Board Member Bingo Game. Those completing a bingo card were entered into a raffle for some great prizes.

Jacki Lia of the University of Minnesota won a signed copy of the keynote speaker, Jennifer Brown’s book, Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change.

Jacki Liu of the University of Minnesota won a signed copy of keynote speaker Jennifer Brown’s book, Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change.

Nopparat Phaopat, from the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand was the winner of a full conference registration to the 2018 AHRD Conference in Richmond, VA.

Nopparat Phaopat, from the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand, was the winner of a full conference registration to the 2018 AHRD Conference in Richmond, VA.

Ximena M. Vidal De Col from George Washington University was the winner of a new IPad Mini.

Ximena M. Vidal De Col from George Washington University was the winner of a new iPad Mini.

Call for Article Proposals

AHRD members, Robin Grenier and Marie-Line Germain are seeking article proposals for a possible issue of Advances in Developing Human Resources ( The proposed issue, tentatively titled Social Movement Learning and Effects on HRD, will be submitted for consideration on or around July 10, 2017. In the spirit of social movement learning, they are proceeding with an open call to solicit a diverse group of contributors and perspectives. Proposals are due by June 1, 2017 and should include a 300-400 word description of the purpose, content, and key features of the article and an explanation of how the content connects to HRD, as well as an author's/authors' bio(s).

The issue will address a gap in our understanding of the role of HRD in social movements and social movement learning. It will draw from multiple perspectives to present insights into how those in HRD have responded to various social movements and their role in shaping and fostering social movement learning. The papers will be drawn from a variety of countries, across different levels of analysis, and range from the individual to the organizational level. The issue sets out important implications for how HRD practitioners and researchers can assist the HRD field to respond to and shape organizational and government responses to social movements and foster a culture that values the learning gained through collective action.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of: The guest editors at

Journal News



The latest issue of HRDQ is available, with free access to all articles in this issue:

The following articles have been recently added to HRDQ Early View:

  • Valerie Anderson. Criteria for evaluating qualitative research. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21282
  • Todd J. Maurer, Dina M. Leheta, & Thomas A. Conklin. An exploration of differences in context and processes underlying reflection on challenging experiences at work. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21283
  • Tania Israel, Jay N. Bettergarcia, Kevin Delucio, Todd Raymond Avellar, Audrey Harkness, & Joshua A. Goodman. Reactions of law enforcement to LGBTQ diversity training. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21281

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Our current issue features the following work:


An Integrative Framework for Problem-Based Learning and Action Learning: Promoting Evidence-Based Design and Evaluation in Leadership Development
Kimberly S. Scott

Conceptual Review of Underrepresentation of Women in Senior Leadership Positions from a Perspective of Gendered Social Status in the Workplace: Implications for HRD Research and Practice
Gaeun Seo, Wenhao Huang, and Seung-Hyun Caleb Han

Pragmatism and Human Research Development: Practical Foundations for Research, Theory, and Practice
Russell Korte and Zachary A. Mercurio

Managing Diversity Through Triple-Loop Learning: A Call for Paradigm Shift
Chang-kyu Kwon and Aliki Nicolaides

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Michael Kroth

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Final Thoughts

By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

Facebook can be overwhelming at times. The continuous deluge of photos, memes, GIFs, news (real and fake), and posts from family, friends, and organizations can leave you feeling like with all that media, you see everything and learn nothing. But, on occasion, you find a real gem, a message that sticks with you. It makes you think and can even cause you to change your behavior. That happened to me today when I scrolled through my Facebook feed and landed upon a message from AHRD member Brad Shuck. He offered an idea that I found to be just what I needed to share in this month’s Final Thought:

“Our research at UofL [University of Louisville] has suggested that one leader behavior drives performance above others. Dignity. Dignity is free. Dignity does not take a bunch of time. Dignity is pretty transformational. Man, couldn't we use a little dignity in some places today? We can't change everything, but we can change the next interaction. So today, here is the challenge: find someone, and treat them with dignity. Honor the gift of every human. Share some grace and love. Notice and take action. Pretty simple, but it will change your life. Even for just five minutes. See what happens. I would dare you to take me up on it.”

I hope you take Brad up on his dare and find ways to bring dignity to your interactions — with colleagues, employees, friends, and strangers.


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