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By Jessica Li

Change is coming!

I recently read a report by the McKinsey Global Institute titled “What the Future of Work will mean for Jobs, Skills, and Wages". The report predicted that there could be between 400 million and 800 million workers displaced by automation technology around the world by 2030. Five potential drivers for change are discussed.

First, the impacts of automation on work. The report argues that automation may not necessarily eliminate all the current occupations but it will change the activities that constitute the work significantly. While workers are asked to perform different tasks they may require retooling and retraining. Second, some occupations will experience growth, such as healthcare providers and technology specialists. It could create a large workforce shift. As people shift occupations to find employment, they will need to learn new knowledge and skills. Third, new jobs will be created due to automation. It will challenge the organizations to support workers to develop new skills in order to complete the transition and qualify for these newly created jobs. The report predicts that most of the new jobs will demand workers to have a higher education background and higher skill sets. The fourth potential driver suggests that the growth occupations will often require a college or advanced degrees. It is because workers will need to spend more time on activities that demand social and emotional skills, advanced cognitive capabilities, problem-solving, creativity, and innovations which are difficult for machines to master.

Finally, the report calls for innovative strategies to manage the workforce transition. It calls for sustained investment, new training models, and programs to ease worker transition. It further challenges the government to rethink public spending on labor-force training and the businesses to reevaluate their current talent management and development strategies.

It is a call to action for human resource development professionals. As a professional field, it is time for us to think about how and what we need to do to stay on top of this transitional period. What we can do to ease the transition process for our key stakeholders, the organizations, the teams, and the individual employees. Here is the link to the report, it is an interesting read.

Again, December is here, what a year! As the year has come to an end, I trust you will find the time to take a break and enjoy the peace and joy of the holidays. For dog lovers, the year of 2018 is the year of the earth dog according to the Chinese Zodiac.

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AHRD Annual International Research Conference in Asia Recap

By Sanghamitra Chaudhuri

The four-day extravaganza came to a culmination as the Indian coordinating team gracefully passed the baton of holding the next year’s AHRD Annual International Research Conference in Asia to Thailand in the valedictory ceremony. As we patiently wait for next year’s Conference in the beautiful country of Thailand, let me recount some highlights of the Conference in India, from the perspectives of coordinator and eager attendee.

As one of the coordinating team members, I had the pleasure of helping to weave the dream of the conference event together with my colleagues Dr. Rajashi Ghosh, Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran, and our Special Interest Group (India) Steering Committee members as we moved forward to transform our dream to reality. What followed were many planning discussions with my colleagues, Rajashi and Rajeshwari, whose rhyming names added to the already existing confusion of applying for Indian Conference Visas! That’s a whole story unto itself.

Conference Highlights:

What came through very strongly in our discussion was that, while we would like to keep intact the structure and rigor of an academic conference, our job as coordinators was to help juxtapose the rich Indian culture of hospitality and tradition with the conference theme, “Sustainable Development of Human Capital: Exploring Perspectives from Grassroots to Global Research and Practice.”

It gives me immense pleasure as I reflect on the extent to which we have achieved our dual goals.  Let me share with you in a nutshell the highlights of the conference.

  1. The conference was organized from the 8th to 10th of November in the serene campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), which was attended by 250 plus delegates from across the globe representing 30 countries. We could not have chosen a better place than IIMA to organize this conference, given that it is recognized as the top management institute in India, with an acceptance rate of less than 0.25%. With IIMA being our partner, it helped us in sending the message of academic rigor that this conference was expecting from the Indian scholarly community.
  2. Over 120 sessions including invigorating pre-conferences, the inaugural and the closing ceremonies, the very vibrant panel discussions, the informative journal editors’ meeting, the collaborative joint SIG meeting (Indian, China, and Korea), and different session tracks were all well attended by a very curious and inquisitive global audience.
  3. Of course, you cannot wrap up a discussion about any Indian conference without talking about the tongue-tingling food (India is a paradise for gourmet food), the rich tradition and culture, the calming Yoga sessions, and the 24/7 hospitality (as the saying goes – Atithi Devo Bhava – The guest is equivalent to God!).
  4. Delegates were taken on a roller coaster ride of their taste buds on all three days of the conference as they were exposed to a variety of cuisines, both thrilling and sometimes intimidating. As might be expected, some of the participants loved the ride, while some did not! Also, as I had a chance to talk to many of my colleagues from outside India, they wondered about the rationale of serving a wide array of food heaped on extra-large sized white plates (called Thali in India) under a white canopy on a sprawling lawn with no chairs on which to sit!
  5. The icing on the cake, so to speak, however, was the cultural evening, which took us through a mesmerizing journey of different Indian dance forms followed by a sumptuous gala Indian dinner.
  6. In alignment with the conference theme of Sustainability, we were fortunate to attend a one-hour yoga session each morning (which is India’s age old tradition of maintaining sustainable life style) from 6 to 7 am in an open field. The stress relieving yoga sessions prepared us well for the rigor of the entire day.
  7. The incessant hospitality that was extended 24/7 by the overall Indian community as the locals took us to some of the historic as well as touristy places around the city. Most of us could sneak in some time during and after the conference to visit Sabarmati Ashram, the place from where Mahatma Gandhi started the freedom struggle of India.
  8. The conference was also blessed with the attendance of many graduate students who volunteered to add to the success of the conference, presented papers, participated in discussions, and added to interaction with more senior participants by reminding us of the promising future for our field not only in India, but internationally.
  9. Last but not least, one outcome that is always hard to quantify is the networking opportunities that this conference provided, which unfortunately does not come with any price tag.

In closing, I would like to quote our Past Presidents, and Incoming President of the Academy as they shared their first-hand candid opinions on the conference!

"It was, indeed, a great experience. Hopefully, when we do our “lessons learned,” we will be able to gather broad perspectives." – Gary McLean

"The coordinators are to be congratulated for the great success." – Darlene Russ-Eft

"I believe we are now back offering exciting and professionally satisfying Asian conferences." – Ron Jacobs

"It is wonderful to be here at this groundbreaking conference." – Julie Gedro

I feel fortunate to be a part of this historic conference, and I sincerely hope that those of you who attended the conference walked away with memories that you can cherish. I hope to have a reflective meeting at the upcoming AHRD conference in Richmond, Virginia with the India SIG team on what worked and what can be improved as we plan to come back even stronger the next time when it is held in India – hopefully soon!

Faculty Mentoring Program Opportunity

By Rajashi Ghosh

UFHRD invites applications for Research Honoraria.

We are excited to continue the AHRD Faculty Mentoring Partners Program (FMPP) we launched in 2015 to address the career/professional development needs of HRD faculty across different career levels (i.e., junior, mid-career, senior). Twenty pairs (40 faculty) have completed the FMPP in the last three years.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this exciting professional development opportunity and joining our 2018 cohort, please visit our webpage for further details. This program is a great chance to expand your HRD professional network, learn new skills, and help meet your professional goals.

Interested faculty should submit the participant input form (available on the webpage noted above) by January 15, 2018. Please email the form to by January 15. 

A “meet and greet” will be scheduled at the upcoming AHRD conference to allow participants to meet each other and consider who they might like to work with over the course of the year.

Open Call for New Editor/Co-Editors for Human Resource Development Quarterly

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ), a Wiley publication sponsored by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), invites applications for the position of Editor. Co-editorship applications are also welcome. The official term of appointment is three years beginning on January 1, 2019, although applicants should expect that soft training and transition into the role will commence in the three months prior to January 1, 2019.

HRDQ is the first and most established refereed quarterly journal in the field of human resource development (HRD) that publishes original empirical research. The journal is now in its 29th year and was inducted in to the Thomson Reuters SSCI/ISI in 2010. The 2016 Impact Factor for HRDQ is 2.441 with journal rankings as follows:

3/27 - Industrial Relations and Labor
22/80 Applied Psychology
66/194 Management
The 5 year Impact Factor is 2.465

The Editor provides strategic and operational leadership and direction for the journal by ensuring that the journal reflects the highest quality of scholarship within the HRD field and that all publishing deadlines are met. The editor’s role includes management and collaboration with a multi-Associate Editor team and Managing Editor, and works closely with the publisher’s representative and AHRD Board of Directors in support of the journal. In addition to this role, the Editor is also responsible for:

  • Recruitment and selection of Associate Editors and a Managing Editor to support the new editor
  • The initial review of all submissions
  • The assignment of appropriate peer reviewers based upon content and method expertise.
  • The assignment of Associate Editor to each reviewed manuscript based on content and method expertise
  • The review and communication of all final decision recommendations;
  • Overseeing the Associate and Managing Editors’ work flow and responsibilities;
  • The review of all content to be published in the journal and the impact achieved by journal content;
  • Representing the journal including attending appropriate conferences to promote the journal as well as host conference sessions in support of author submissions and the peer review process;
  • The development of editorials and/or the solicitation of editorials and invited feature article submissions;
  • Effectively communicating with all prospective authors, reviewers, editorial board members, members of the editorial team, publisher’s representative and AHRD along with other important journal stakeholders.
  • Promotion of the journal and its outputs (including via social media) in collaboration with the publisher and other stakeholders to promote and market the journal to enhance its visibility, reputation, ranking, and impact factor.
  • Hosting editorial team and editorial board meetings, preparing and disseminating editorial team and board reports;
  • Maintaining and expanding an editorial board comprised of esteemed and well respected scholars in support of the journal;
  • Maintaining and expanding the peer-reviewer database;
  • The AHRD / HRDQ Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award process;
  • Coaching, mentoring and other development as appropriate of editorial team members
  • Reviewing the journal budget in support of the Managing Editor’s position given the Wiley sponsorship of the journal;
  • Other duties as appropriate.

Selection criteria for the role of Editor/Co-Editor include:

  • Evidence of institutional support and commitment to becoming the academic home/homes for the journal for the duration of the editorial tenure. This type of support should include but is not limited to: release time, administrative support, email and archiving capacity; laptop computer and other related technology support such as social media capability; financial support, and funding for conference travel.
  • Current academic employment in a tenured; tenure-line or equivalent faculty position at a research university;
  • Familiarity with HRDQ’s aims and scope and involvement with the journal as a previously published author, reviewer, associate editor or editorial board member;
  • Interest and experience in appropriate content and methodological fields relevant to HRD and associated fields;
  • A record of scholarly publications within the HRD and related fields
  • Familiarity with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodology research;
  • Experience of peer review of journal papers, conference papers and so on; track chair, or special issue editorship, assistant or associate editor experience; editorial board membership of one or more journals in the HRD or related fields;
  • Leadership, communication, organizational, and project management skills in support of journal operations

Self-nominations are encouraged and applications should include the following:

  • A letter of application that addresses how the applicant(s) meet the selection criteria
  • A curriculum vita;
  • A letter of institutional support and commitment provided by the Dean and/or Provost

The submission deadline is March 31, 2018. The decisions will be announced in May 2018. For further information, please contact the current Co-Editors: Dr Valerie Anderson; Dr Kim Nimon; Dr Jon Werner.

Please submit all application materials as a single PDF on or before the deadline to:

Call for Needs Assessment Case Studies

We are seeking case studies for the textbook, Casebook of Needs Assessments, which will be published by Sage, with Thomas Michael Power, Darlene Russ-Eft, and Cathy Sleezer as editors. The aim of this textbook is to help students apply the abstract concepts and theories of needs assessment in dynamic real-world organizations. The textbook will be used in graduate-and undergraduate courses in Instructional Design and Technology, Program Planning, Human Resource Development, Adult Education, and Evaluation.

This textbook will address the challenge by presenting 20 real-world case studies including discussions the influences and the issues that had to be addressed for success. Each case study should be a maximum of 3500 words, use APA format, and contain the following information:

  1. Abstract (50-75 words)
  2. Background: Describe why you are conducting a needs assessment and the presenting problems.
  3. Profile of the organization: This includes organization type (i.e., higher education, business & industry, government, health care, non-governmental organizations) and size (small business / organization, large national organization, global organization)
  4. Pre-assessment information: for example, describe what led to the decision to conduct a needs assessment, the boundaries for the effort, the key players, and the focus of the needs assessment (i.e. individuals, team, organization, or community)
  5. Needs Assessment Process: This including the needs assessment approach (i.e., knowledge and skill assessment, job and task analysis, competency-based needs assessment, strategic needs assessment, complex needs assessment), data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews, observations, archival records, some combination) and data analysis
  6. Results of the needs assessment
  7. Influences: (e.g., politics, culture, language, interactions among people in social situations, and so forth)
  8. Issues and challenges Describe issues, problems, and challenges that had to be addressed for success and how you addressed them.
  9. Discussion questions
  10. The author (i.e., your name and institution as you want it to appear in the publication)
  11. References

If you are interested in submitting a case, please contact Darlene Russ-Eft. You will need to submit an abstract and an outline of the case by January 29, 2018.

IFTDO's International Journal of HRD Practice Policy and Research Latest Issue

IFTDO's International Journal of HRD Practice Policy and Research Volume 2 Number 2, 2017, edited by Dr Rick Holden, Editor-in-Chief has now been published.

It is available on our web site and online at Previous issues are also available on these websites/links.

2018 Conference in the Americas News

25th Anniversary Celebration

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) is celebrating its 25th Silver Anniversary. The 2018 AHRD Conference in Richmond, Virginia will feature several special events to honor those who founded the AHRD in 1993 as well as to enable members of our community to celebrate with each other and create lasting memories for the next 25 years!

The 25th Anniversary Celebration Committee, comprised of Andrea D. Ellinger, Karen E. Watkins, Victoria J. Marsick, Maria Cseh, David McGuire, Kimberly McDonald, and Julie Gedro, would like to give you a “sneak preview” so that you can plan your travel accordingly to stay through and enjoy the Saturday evening Banquet. Although more details will follow, we would ask you to be prepared for the following:

Join Us!

  • A Celebration Reception – a wine “toasting” event will be hosted along with a number of fun activities (featuring a selfie-station, music, and memorial walls) that will enable members to celebrate friendships, honor colleagues who are no longer with us, and create new memories – more to follow!


  • Sharing Your Stories – a web link will be provided so that you can create a very brief video of yourself and share a meaningful story about your affiliation with the AHRD and how the AHRD has influenced your research, practice, teaching, career, and friendships. These stores will be posted in a “historical repository” and will be featured at the conference as well as in other formats. Recording booths will be set up at the Conference and colleagues will be collecting stories from you if you have not created your own story using easy guidelines that will follow.


  • Share Your Memories – please bring photographs and other relevant materials that can be added to two wall memorials -- “Celebrating Our Memories” and “In Tribute: Remembering Our Colleagues”.
  • Time Capsule – please bring something that you would like to contribute to a Time Capsule that is being created. For example, Andrea D. Ellinger is contributing the 4 issues of Volume 25 of the Silver Anniversary Celebration of Human Resource Development Quarterly.
  • Your Billboard Top 25 Favorites from 1993! Please bring your musical requests!


  • Show Your Colors! Please wear AHRD colors (green and gold) or silver! A “fancy dress/costume party” competition will be held at the Banquet Dinner on Saturday evening!

Give Back!

  • $25 for 25 Campaign – Please consider donating $25.00 to the AHRD Foundation! You can do so going to: There you will find a box “Make a Difference DONATE.” Clicking on the box will take you to a form to complete and submit with your donation.

AHRD Foundation News

Call for Silent Auction Items

The 2018 Conference will again be the site of a silent auction organized by the AHRD Foundation. Attendees are invited to donate items to the event with proceeds go to the Foundation. Please plan to bring your item with you to conference check in along with a description of the donation item and the value.

Journal News


VOLUME 28, ISSUE 4 (Winter, 2017)

The latest issue of HRDQ is available here.


The following articles have recently appeared on Early View:

Short HJ, Gray DE. HRD in SMEs: A research agenda whose time has come. Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Hutchins HM, Penney LM, Sublett LW. What imposters risk at work: Exploring imposter phenomenon, stress coping, and job outcomes. Human Resource Development Quarterly.

Matsuo M. Goal orientation, critical reflection, and unlearning: An individual-level study. Human Resource Development Quarterly.

See all articles on Early View.


Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ), a Wiley publication sponsored by The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), invites applications for the position of Editor. Co-editorship applications are also welcome. The official term of appointment is three years beginning on January 1, 2019, although applicants should expect that soft training and transition into the role will commence in the three months prior to January 1, 2019.

The submission deadline is March 31, 2018. The decision will be announced in May, 2018. For further information, please contact the current Co-Editors: Dr. Valerie Anderson; Dr. Kim Nimon; Dr. Jon Werner


An Exploratory Study of Group Development and Team Learning

Diversity Training Programme Outcomes: A Systematic Review

Embracing Translational HRD Research for Evidence-Based Management: Let's Talk About How to Bridge the Research-Practice Gap

Psychological Capital Intervention (PCI): A Replication and Extension

Improving the Rigor of Quantitative HRD Research: Four Recommendations in Support of the General Hierarchy of Evidence

Find all the articles here.

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The HRDR Editorial Team wishes you a very happy holiday season! Our deepest gratitude goes to our editorial board members, contributing authors, and journal reviewers. Thank you for your outstanding service to the journal! Also, a special ‘thank you’ to those of you who have faithfully read our publications. Without you as our audience, this journal will not have been meaningful! We appreciate each of you and look forward to your continuous support for HRDR in the near year!

Our December 2017 issue is now available!

This issue features the following five articles:

Integrative Literature Review

A Review of the Literature on Structured On-the-Job Training and Directions for Future Research Sahar Ahadi, Ronald L. Jacobs

The Relationship Between Work Engagement and Organizational Commitment: Proposing Research Agendas Through a Review of Empirical Literature Woocheol Kim, Jiyoung Kim, Heajung Woo, Jiwon Park, Junghyun Jo, Sang-Hoon Park, Se Yung Lim.

Emotional Intelligence and Transformational Leadership: A Review of Empirical Studies Hyejin Kim, Taesung Kim

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Leadership and Employee Work Passion: Propositions for Future Empirical Investigations
Richard Egan, Mark Turner, Deborah Blackman

The Dark and Bright Sides of Personal Use of Technology at Work: A Job Demands-Resources Model
Sungdoo Kim, Amanda L. Christensen

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Call for Application for Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) is currently soliciting applications for an individual who will serve as Editor-in-Chief. Term begins August 2018 and runs through 2021. Qualified candidates must have earned a terminal degree and have relevant editorial leadership experience and be an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Those interested, may contact Michael Leimbach, Editor-in-Chief at or (952) 828-8645 for more information or to submit your application. Application materials should arrive no later than February 15, 2018, and should include an application letter and current curriculum vitae.

Additional News

Job Postings

Department Head

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute | West Lafayette, IN

We are seeking a visionary leader who would welcome the opportunity and challenges of leading these programs, develop new programs in innovation and entrepreneurship, and create an internationally recognized department whose goals contribute to the solution of global, technological, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century through discovery, learning, and engagement. The Department Head will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

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Management Faculty Hire Number: 18-33

CSU, Northridge | Northridge, CA

The Management Department’s curriculum and service goals strive to integrate theoretical knowledge and practical skills to solve problems facing organizations and institutions in our community and in society at large. The Department provides instruction for undergraduate management majors, students in other majors, and MBA students.  The Department also provides non-business majors with a minor in management or human resource management. The successful candidate will be expected to take a role in the design and implementation of the HR program.

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Executive Director, Office for Faculty Engagement and Development

University of Houston | Houston, TX

Serves as the senior administrator for the Office for Faculty Engagement and Development (FED). Directs all major functions including development and leadership of programs and projects according to both short-term and long term strategic plans.

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AHRD Member Survey – December 22 (midnight PST)

On December 7th, AHRD members should have received an e-mail from Board Member, Jason Moats, with an invitation to participate in the 2017 AHRD Membership Survey. We'd like to remind members to complete the survey. Your ideas are important to us, so don't delay!


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Final Thought

By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

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I hope that you will use the holidays to recharge, reflect on all your accomplishments this year, and be mindful as you consider your goals for 2018. Wishing you season’s greetings and a prosperous new year!

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