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Tom GaravanBranching Out…Enhancing Our Research Reputation
By Thomas Garavan, AHRD Board Member

I am fortunate to be starting my fourth decade as an active researcher and publisher within the HRD field. I marvel at the progress we have made over the past 30 years. We are a vibrant research community with many accomplished authors and researchers. We have a quality portfolio of HRD research and practice journals that provide quality outlets for HRD research. However, in the wider context of management and organisation research, we are nascent or a work-in-progress.

As a board member with a particular interest in quality research, I believe we have two important opportunities or challenges — depending on how you look at our current situation.

First, we need to publish our research in non-HRD journals. Some of our leading HRD academics have made great strides in this respect in the past few years. Increasingly, I encounter HRD research published in HRM, Organisational Behaviour, Organisation Studies, Management and Leadership journals by AHRD members. I consider this a very healthy trend and a measure of the growing reputation of HRD as an academic discipline.

Second, we must continue to enhance the rankings of HRD journals in lists such as ABS and other regional/country rankings. Success in this endeavour will result in non-HRD scholars seeking to publish in our journals. The most frequent response I get when I suggest to non-HRD scholars that they should publish in HRDQ and HRDR, for example, is that they are not ranked a 3* or 4* journal. To achieve success in this area, we need to network with key journal ranking decision-makers. Our research increasingly speaks for itself when it comes to quality; however, we need to inform these decision-makers that our journals merit a higher star rating.

This year, I have had success in publishing my research in high-ranked non-HRD journals. Along the way, I have gained some insights about enhancing the chances of success. I offer three lessons learned:

  1. First, when submitting research to non-HRD journals, it is even more important to argue the contribution that the paper makes to a wider discipline such as Management, Organisational Behaviour, and HRM. Journal editors tell me that HRD researchers often hold back and are less assertive in making the case for the quality of their research.
  2. Second, the high-ranked non-HRD journals are increasingly less likely to publish cross-sectional, single respondent research designs. Papers with these methods are increasingly likely to result in a desk reject. So, we must up our game methodologically.
  3. Third, I suggest we network with and write papers with non-HRD scholars. This will no doubt enhance chances of publication, assuming that the quality of the research is of a high standard. Working with non-HRD scholars can bring something different to the table and potentially challenge our thinking and perspectives. We need to build bridges with other research communities.

Overall, the discipline of HRD is currently in great shape. Now is the time to spread our wings.

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Communications and Branding Committee Seeks Social Media Enthusiasts

  • Are you a LinkedIn guru? Do you want to be?
  • Are you an Instagram influencer? Do you want to be?
  • Do you have ideas on how AHRD can maximize the power of social media to disseminate information, engage a wider audience, and solidify our brand?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the AHRD Communication and Branding Committee wants your help! If you are interested in working with the AHRD Communication and Branding Committee, contact Dr. Tomika Greer at

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News for Members

Why Attend the AHRD 2020 Conference in Atlanta, GA?

2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas logo

The Academy of HRD is celebrating its 27th Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from Wednesday, February 26 to Saturday, February 29, 2020. The conference is a much-anticipated event and opportunity to hear from HRD subject matter experts, share research, stay up-to-date on cutting-edge topics in HRD, and celebrate the accomplishments of our members. It is also a wonderful networking opportunity, a time for re-connecting and building new relationships. During a breakout session, you might discover you are sitting next to someone who could be a potential collaborator on your next research or writing project!

Atlanta is a city that is rich in origins of civil rights and activism, which makes it an ideal setting for the 2020 conference theme: “Inclusion and Activism in a Time of Intolerance.” The 2020 Conference will also recognize Black History month, an exciting “first” that you will certainly want to be part of.

Finally, the Conference is an opportunity to re-energize and have fun!

Hotel & Lodging Information

February 26-29, 2020

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center
3405 Lenox Road NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Room rate: $168 (plus tax) per night for single or double.
Room block deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Book online or call the hotel directly at (404) 261-9250. To get the discounted rate, mention the AHRD room block when you call.

Registration for the Conference is now open. Visit the AHRD website for other important links, announcements, and updates. See you in Atlanta!

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AHRD Foundation Needs Your Contributions and Recyclables

We are rapidly approaching the AHRD Conference in Atlanta, GA. The AHRD Foundation Board is hoping to improve considerably the quality of our silent auction.

Many of you are, I know, in the process of downsizing. Rather than giving your items to a charity to sell, bring them to Atlanta for our auction. What are you downsizing that can be packed easily? Pictures? Decorative bowls or vases? Cultural artifacts? Wine? Gift cards that could be used nationally? Jewelry?

Of course, all items should be new, like new, or have antique value. If you live in the Atlanta area, perhaps you can solicit contributions of gift cards from restaurants, the University, entertainment during the conference, and so on.

If everyone pitches in with even one or two items, we will have a marvelous auction, and AHRD will benefit through its Foundation.

Let Gary McLean know SOON what you can contribute. Text 651-895-2315, or email at

Thanks for helping develop AHRD and our human resources!!

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2020 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas Exhibiting & Sponsorship Opportunities

2020 conference in the Americas Sponsor & Exhibitor Visit the Sponsor & Exhibitor Registration page to learn more about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities at the 2020 AHRD Conference in Atlanta. To complete sponsorship registration by mail: Download the Exhibiting & Sponsorship Prospectus

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Announcing the 2020 Graduate Student Research Colloquium

We are delighted to offer the 2020 AHRD Graduate Student Research Colloquium at the AHRD Conference in Atlanta, GA. The colloquium is designed to engage Master’s and doctoral students in evaluating research quality, promoting evidence-based HRD practices, developing a professional identity, and preparing for completion of their research projects.

The colloquium will use a 1.5-day format to maximize interactions and collective learning among facilitators, students, scholars, and practitioners. The event will start on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 9:00 am and end on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at noon. Students and faculty are encouraged to start making plans to participate.

If you are a student interested in registering for the colloquium, please contact your sponsoring instructor at your institution. If you are faculty interested in facilitating this colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinators: Dr. Tomika Greer (, Dr. Sarah Minnis ( and/or Dr. Quincy Brown (

We look forward to your participation!

Dr. Tomika Greer, Dr. Sarah Minnis, and Dr. Quincy Brown
Coordinators, 2020 AHRD Graduate Student Research Colloquium

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Join the AHRD Book Club Focus Session

Submitted by Dr. Carole Elliott

Are you attending the 2020 AHRD conference? If so, we would be delighted if you were to join us for Book Club.

You Will Be Safe Here

What is it?

Book Club is a Focus Session at the 2020 Conference designed to provide participants with the opportunity to engage in an alternative form of social and intellectual exploration. During the Focus Session, your experiences of reading the novel, and your interpretation of it, will provide the basis for discussions around HRD’s embeddedness within the socio-political context and how HRD might respond to the challenges represented by the novel’s themes. We will conclude our group discussion with a plenary discussion addressing the benefits and challenges of embedding processes such as book club in the workplace, classroom, or online teaching environment.

How can you participate?

Prior to the conference, we ask you to read Damian Barr’s novel, You Will be Safe Here. If you like, you can take notes as you read or simply enjoy the text. Then at the conference, attend the Focus Session facilitated by Carole Elliott, Jamie L. Callahan, Robin S. Grenier, and Kristi Kaeppel.

If you have any questions about participating, please contact one of the facilitators:

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Call for Proposal Submissions to the 21st International UFHRD Conference

“Sustainability and Ethics: The Responsibility of HRD in the Global Society”

Budapest Business School
Budapest, Hungary
June 10-12, 2020

The Conference committee welcomes presentations on the latest research findings, current practices, and theoretical developments in HRD. We invite academics, practitioners, and students working in any HRD-related fields to contribute to the conference by presenting papers, participating in sessions and discussions, and attending workshops.

The conference accepts full papers, working papers, and practice-based papers describing original research, studies, and/or innovative practices that have not been published elsewhere. The official language for this international conference is English. Submissions are to be made to one or more of the above categories of papers by selecting the appropriate Conference Stream from the list below:

  1. Leadership Management and Talent Development
  2. Coaching and Mentoring
  3. Global, Comparative and Cross Cultural Dimensions of HRD
  4. Employee Engagement
  5. Diversity and Equality Issues in HRD
  6. Workplace Learning, Training and Development
  7. Strategic Capabilities and HRD
  8. Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  9. Critical Approaches to HRD
  10. Practitioner Research, and Learning and Teaching Research
  11. Sustainability and Ethics in HRD

The proposal submission deadline is January 20, 2020.

For more information about the Conference, the Call for Papers, and the Proposal Submissions, please visit the conference website at

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AAACE Membership Discount Code

AHRD members are eligible for a 10% discount off AAACE membership with this Promo Code: “AHRDMemberPartner”

Visit the AAACE membership page here:

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Journal News

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources Seeks Associate Editor

ADHR invites applications for the position of Associate Editor (AE). The successful applicant will have a terminal degree in HRD or a related field and currently work in an HRD role in education, business, government, or community sectors. In addition, applicants must have previously served as an Issue Editor of ADHR; served as a member of the ADHR Editorial Board or another HRD-related journal; and/or have other comparable editorial leadership experience. Preference will be given to applicants who have editorial leadership experience and have served as an Issue Editor of ADHR. Applicants should be an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Soliciting proposals for ADHR
  • Reviewing proposals and manuscripts submitted to ADHR for publication, as assigned by the Editor-in-Chief
  • Participating in the policy-making process for ADHR
  • Assisting with the ADHR Best Issue award selection
  • Attending the ADHR Editorial Board meeting at the annual AHRD Conference and participating in virtual team meetings called by the Editor-in-Chief
  • Recruiting candidates for the ADHR Editorial Board
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by the ADHR Editor-in-Chief

An ADHR AE will not serve as an Issue Editor during his/her tenure as AE, but may contribute an article to an annual volume during his/her tenure. The AE reports to the ADHR Editor-in-Chief.

Interested applicants should submit an electronic letter of application addressing how the desired qualifications and a current CV by January 30, 2020 to Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor in Chief.

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Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Executive Editor

HRDQ articles available on Early View.

Call for Methods Submissions for HRDQ

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit papers that demonstrate or discuss a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method with relevance to human resource development and related fields. Get more information.

Connect with Us Online!

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor


HRDR Tip of the Month

Reviewers typically do a good job identifying weaknesses. Constructive reviewers also don’t shy away from identifying the strengths and core ideas that can enrich the field. Good reviewers communicate ideas and perspectives that enrich a manuscript, helping authors see links and connections with their topic and the field in general. So, how we do go about writing a constructive review that an author can take to heart, adjust, and adapt their manuscript for publication?

If you are a first-time reviewer for HRDR, start at beginning. Be specific about the key words you select when creating your profile in HRDR so that when articles are assigned to you for review, they are close to your specialized area of interests and research. Assessing the contribution of work that is related to our own area of interest will make the task of reviewing easier. We can also better understand and empathize with the work of authors who are framing or theorizing ideas in areas and topics with which we are already familiar.

Regardless of past reviewing history, it is important to identify a couple of tips on constructing good reviews. It is helpful to read the articles at least a couple of times. In your first reading, make short notes, bullet key concerns, noting page numbers and specific references that have caught your initial attention. This is your rough cut; a first draft of your review is ready. Another reading is absolutely necessary, with the ONE focus of identifying significant contributions of the paper, and what is working really well in the paper. This reading is important as it can significantly change the tone of your review. Importantly, authors become less defensive about the overall feedback, and more open to suggestions and ideas. Authors can tell when reviews are helpful and constructive and when they are not! You can also connect with your HRD colleagues, other faculty or mentors for additional advice, tips and stories on social media or in person.

HRDR’s Meet the Editors Session

The HRDR editorial team has continued their effort in extending the journal’s impact in the international arena. During the Academy of Human Resource Development International Research Conference held in Hanoi, Vietnam, between November 5 and 8, 2019, the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Jia Wang, delivered a three-hour workshop “Writing for International Publication: A Road to Success” at the pre-conference, to a group of international scholars in HRD and related fields. The workshop was well received by the participants.

Later during the conference, HRDR Editors Drs. Jia Wang and Yonjoo Cho participated in a “Meet the Editors’” Panel Session, where HRDR was further promoted, along with the other three AHRD-sponsored journals, to the international audience.

Stay in touch with HRDR

To learn more about HRDR’s announcements, Table of Contents, and updates, please sign up here for e-alerts from us.

Join our conversation on Facebook @HRDRjournal and Twitter @hrdrjournal.

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Additional News

Job Postings

Assistant/Associate/Clinical Professor/Department Chair, Human Resource Dev

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

The tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department Chair, or Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development will teach and advise in two online programs: the Bachelor of Science in Workplace Training and Leadership and the Master of Science in Human Resource Development (a WICHE Western Regional Graduate Program). The position holder will advise online and face-to-face, recruit students, secure grants, and provide service to the College, University, and the Human Resource Development (HRD) profession.

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Assistant or Associate Professor - Human Resource Development - (FAC001245)

University of Houston, Houston, Texas

The College of Technology is the third largest college at the University of Houston. As a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university, we are looking for highly dedicated scholars, researchers, and teachers to help us create and prepare the talent for the future's technologists, engineers, scientists, and business leaders for a lifetime career of innovation, economic development, and workforce creation.

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Final Thought

By Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor

Tomika GreerIn this final AHRD Digest for this year, I am in a reflective mood. Thinking back on 2019 and the many brilliant contributions that our members have made to the research, theory, and practice of human resource development. As AHRD continues to move the field forward, I hope you all are energized by the potential that the New Year holds. Merry 2020!

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Thomas Garavan
  • Carole Elliott

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