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Jason MoatsContributing to the AHRD Family of Journals and Meeting the Editors
By Robert Yawson, Chair of Research and Journals Committee

AHRD sponsors the following publications: Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Advances in Developing Human Resources, and co-sponsors the publication of Human Resource Development International with the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD). Our journals are essential to fulfilling the AHRD mission, “Leading Human Resource Development through Research.” By publishing the very best in HRD and related research, the AHRD family of journals enhances communication among scholars, researchers, practitioners, and the public.

Although membership in AHRD is not a requirement for publication of manuscripts in the AHRD journals; as a member, you have various opportunities for meeting the editors in person at our conferences. The “Meet the Editor” sessions at the annual conferences are a great way to meet the editors and hear from them on how to publish in the journals. While what happens behind-the-scenes after submitting a paper may seem mysterious sometimes, it is no secret here at the AHRD. The editors of the AHRD journals are globally-acclaimed researchers. As editors, these folks stay up-to-date with the most exciting research and shape the field in which they have made significant contributions of their own. “Meet the Editor” sessions at our conferences help our community get to know the editors, giving researchers a chance to learn about their work and about the publishing process and what it is like to handle manuscripts and be the deciding factor in a publication. The sessions also include discussions about the scholarly communication landscape and how it is affecting research. We hope you will join us at the 2020 International Research Conference in the Americas which will be in Atlanta, Georgia (see conference details at so that you have the opportunity meet the editors. Just as importantly, the editors look forward to meeting you!

The AHRD journals are highly-regarded for quality and selectivity. The journals are committed to the highest editorial standards and accept manuscripts from all countries. The success of the journals stems from the community of scholars who work as editors, reviewers, and the authors who contribute their cutting-edge research and incisive commentary. However, we cannot rest on our laurels. The area of academic publishing has become very competitive, and the quest for excellence and impact have become more important than ever. We encourage you to submit your work to one of the AHRD-sponsored journals. We invite you to cite the articles in the journals in your research, and to help popularize our journals by recommending them to your academic colleagues. Subscribe to the Table of Contents (ToC) alerts from the journals, and share them on social media – tweet them, share them on Facebook and LinkedIn. In doing so, do not forget to follow the journals on social media. In addition, I will encourage you to review for the journals.

Please visit the individual journal websites to learn more about submitting research for publication and volunteering as a reviewer:

We can also not talk about the journals without discussing our research. HRD research is at the forefront of making the world a better place. It is a fact that HRD departments are dwindling and being ‘cut’ in our universities, but HRD research is in ascendancy and HRD research has become more important than ever. HRD research has become more diffused, dispersed, and transdisciplinary, making it difficult to reside in one academic department as it used to be. This, in itself, is exciting, as well as a challenge. We will need to harness the power of transdisciplinarity to grow our organization. There are thousands of programs and research areas in our universities, undertaking HRD research without having any form of taxonomical reference to HRD.

This, therefore, brings me to one of the Research and Journals Committee’s core commitments. The Committee is soliciting ideas on how to involve our graduates, doctoral students, post-doctoral students, and early career professionals in promoting HRD research as scholars and practitioners. How do we harness the potential of these groups to promote HRD research, enhance the sustainability of AHRD, and broaden our membership? What kind of experiences, support, and professional development programs can we offer before, during, and after the International Research Conferences? Your suggestions are welcomed.

News for Members

Call for Submissions to 2020 AHRD Research Conference in the Americas

Call for Submissions to 2020 AHRD Research Conference in the Americas

The 27th International Research Conference in the Americas will be held February 26-29, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The submission system is now open!

The 27th AHRD annual conference will include leading scholars and practitioners reporting their cutting-edge research and theorizing. The program will be comprised of blind, peer-reviewed submissions that offer a diverse range of topics, perspectives, and research paradigms. In addition, the conference will include several types of non-refereed sessions that provide excellent opportunities for bringing together conference participants to engage in generative learning through both formal and informal interactions about topics of mutual interest. AHRD is an inclusive organization and invites all who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on their scholarly journey.

In addition to the information contained in this Call for Papers, important details can be found on the Conference Central page. The Conference Central site will be your go-to location for news about conference updates, pre-conference workshops, hotel and travel information, access to the program (available January 2020), and registration. Information about the benefits of AHRD membership —including journals, online networking, Special Interest Groups (SIGS), professional development, awards, and other events, including the conferences in Europe and Asia–MENA—can also be found on the AHRD website.

Review the Call for Submissions (PDF) for full details. Submissions will be accepted until September 3, 2019 (11:59 p.m. PDT).

2020 Conference Tracks

The Academy of Human Resource Development welcomes submissions from all academic fields and disciplines that focus on workplace and organizational learning, performance, change, and related issues and challenges.

Conference tracks for the 2020 Conference include:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Critical, Social Justice, and Diversity Perspectives in HRD
  • HRD Performance and Strategy
  • International, Global & Cross Cultural Issues
  • Leadership and Career Development
  • Non-Refereed
  • Organization Development and Change
  • Research Methods and Foundations in HRD
  • Technology, E-Learning & Virtual HRD
  • Workplace Learning

2020 Submission Categories

Submission categories for the 2020 Conference include:

  • Refereed full manuscript
  • Refereed poster and poster session
  • Refereed symposium
  • Non-refereed FOCUS session
  • Non-refereed professional development workshop
  • Non-refereed HRDtalk session

Refer to the Call for Submissions (PDF) for complete information on each category.

Call for Submissions to the 18th International Asian Conference of the AHRD: Innovation and Evolution in the Digital Era

Foreign Trade University (FTU) is pleased to host the 18th International Asian Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development in Hanoi, Vietnam, November 5-8, 2019.

The conference will present the latest research findings, current practices, and theoretical development in HRD. FTU proudly invites academics and professionals working in any specialty field of HRD to contribute to the conference by presenting papers, participating in discussions, and attending workshops.

The conference accepts manuscripts of original research that has not been published elsewhere. Researchers and scholar-practitioners from all academic, governmental, and enterprise fields are invited to contribute papers related to HRD. The tracks will consist of the following:

  1. National, regional, and international HRD
  2. HRD and sustainable development
  3. Leadership development
  4. Workplace learning and training & development
  5. Career development
  6. Organization development and performance
  7. HRD and education
  8. Corporate social responsibility and ethics in HRD
  9. Information & communication technology and HRD
  10. Emerging issues and innovations in HRD

Submission deadline is August 10, 2019.

Accepted papers will be presented during presentation sessions of the conference, November 6-8, 2019. Each presentation will be approximately 20 minutes in length.

For more information about the conference, including the full call for submissions:

Call for International Host Location and Conference Coordinator for the 2021 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia

Submitted by Dr. Rajashi Ghosh

I am writing to invite AHRD members to engage with their respective contacts in the Asian region to consider hosting the 2021 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia; and to serve as the coordinator of the conference on behalf of the AHRD, representing AHRD in the planning, implementation, and evaluation processes.

We have had many successful international conferences in Asia, including the most recent one, the 17th AHRD International Research Conference in Asia, which was hosted by the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand. Gary McLean served in the role of AHRD conference coordinator. The upcoming 2019 conference will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the 2020 conference will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

We are hopeful that, through this call, we will identify AHRD members who may not have been involved in the process previously and who have institutional contacts in the region to have the opportunity to step forward and express their interest in AHRD serving in this important leadership role. Identifying and confirming the host location requires a formal agreement between the institution and AHRD. The agreement specifies that joint conference coordinators be identified.

The following are the responsibilities of the Conference Coordinator serving as liaison between the AHRD board and the host coordinator(s):

  • Assist in developing a management plan (timelines, roles, committee responsibilities, resource needs) with the local Conference Committee to implement the pre-conference, keynotes, and the refereed and non-refereed sessions of the Conference.
  • Provide assistance to the local Conference Committee on issues that arise throughout the implementation of the management plan.
  • Assist in managing the paper review process and identifying track chairs, reviewers, and proceedings editors.
  • Provide formal updates to the AHRD Board on the progress of the management plan and any issues that need to be addressed by the Board.
  • Ensure that marketing information about the Conference is developed and scheduled for publication in the AHRD Digest, the AHRD and host conference websites, and other conferences, especially the AHRD conferences in Europe and in the Americas.
  • Assist in promoting the membership of AHRD and the HRD scholarly community to participate in the Conference.
  • Facilitate the Best Paper Awards review process in coordination with AHRD journal editors who attend the Conference.
  • Provide a final Conference Report to the AHRD Board, including Conference data, list of participants, lessons learned, and budget information.

We welcome you to share with us if you have connections with a university/institution in any country in Asia that would like to host our 20th AHRD International Research Conference in Asia in 2021. And please let us know if you would like to serve in the Coordinator role. The university/institution should have experience and resources in organizing research conferences, including the preparation of budgets to ensure sound financial practices and needed IT support.

As stated, AHRD has now established a formal process for engaging with global partners to organize a research conference, making the idea of proposing a conference or getting involved easier. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the Academy and to be recognized for extending AHRD’s footprint internationally.

If you have interest and connections with a university/institution in Asia for hosting AHRD International Research Conference in Asia in 2021, please contact me at The AHRD Board plans to finalize the Conference Host and Coordinator for the 2021 AHRD International Research Conference in Asia by December 1, 2019.

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Journal News

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief

Advances in Developing Human Resources Special Issue Call for Papers

Topic: The Impact of Resilience in Developing Individual and Organizational Capacity to ‘Bounce Back’ from Challenges

Submission deadline: September 30, 2019

Guest Editors:

Dr. John Mendy (for inquiries email:
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, UK

Professor P. Matthijs Bal (
University of Lincoln
Lincoln, UK

Description: Stress, anxiety, depression, and similar emotional and psychological inhibitors may negatively impact employee well-being and dignity (Bal, 2017), quality of work-life (Morris & Madsen, 2007) and overall organizational performance. These inhibitors may be produced through events such as structural or procedural changes, tensions emanating from diminished work relationships, pressures related to the work itself, or other forces that may affect an individual’s capacity to function and perform well. In addition, perceptions of unfair treatment can impact an individual’s resiliency (Kurian, 2018). It is, therefore, crucial to gain insight as to the ways individuals, as well as the organizations they serve, may become more resilient and bounce back from these types of challenges (Lock & Janas, 2002).

ADHR is a thematic journal that features current and emerging topics of significance to the field of human resource development (HRD). The journal is highly relevant to both scholars and practitioners. The guest editors of this special Issue seek manuscripts that will inform scholars and practitioners about the application of resilience enhancing approaches to an individual’s well-being and the organization’s capacity to resolve intractable problems of development and performance. Possible topics for this special Issue include:

  • The impact of resilience in HRD’s quest for employee well-being and dignity
  • The impact of resilience in HRD interventions developing employees’ quality of life and work
  • New questions raised by HRD practitioners on the application of traditional resilience approaches and interventions for new organizational challenges and adaptations
  • Organizational change and intervention programs and the development of organizations’ and individuals’ capacity to be resilient
  • Building new leadership forms and their effects on HRD and employee and organizational resilience
  • Resilience enhancement characteristics and effects on HRD’s employee and organizational learning and development
  • Creating new methodological designs in HRD for workplace resilience building activities and interventions
  • Novel application and evaluation techniques in HRD and implications for employee and organizational resilience
  • Perceptions of unfair treatment and building resilience
  • Qualitative research approaches for studying resilience at the individual or organizational level
  • Theoretical frameworks for studying resilience and individual performance

In support of a move toward transdisciplinary approaches to research, ADHR welcomes contributions to this special Issue from a broad range of disciplines that complement HRD research and practice.

Submission Information: Full manuscripts of 4500 to 5000 words should include an abstract that is written in a 3-part format.

  1. Problem (that is being addressed and that relates to the topic of resilience)
  2. Solution (that resolves the problem)
  3. Stakeholders (the organizational members most directly affected by the problem).

Manuscripts, formatted in accordance with the APA Style Guide (6th Edition), should be submitted to:

For further inquiries, contact Dr. John Mendy:


Bal, P. M., & de Jong, S. B. (2017). From human resource management to human dignity development: A dignity perspective on HRM and the role of workplace democracy. In Dignity and the Organization (pp. 173-195). London: Palgrave Macmillan

Kurian, D. (2018). Organizational justice: Why does it matter for HRD. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 18(2), 11-22.

Lock, R. H., & Janas, M. (2002). Build resiliency. Intervention in School and Clinic, 38(2), 117-121.

Morris, M. L., & Madsen, S. R. (2007). Advancing Work-Life integration in individuals, organizations, and communities. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 9(4), 439-454.

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor


Announcing the Latest Issue of HRDI

    The latest issue of HRDI, Volume 22, Issue 4 is available here.

Currently available online:

  • Rajashi Ghosh (2019) Inviting contributions on international HRD research in HRDI. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 317-320, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1622262

  • Kelechi Ekuma (2019) Postcolonialism and national HRD: Understanding contemporary challenges to skills development in sub-Saharan Africa. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 321-342, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1612651

  • Srikanth PB (2019) Developing human resource competencies: an empirical evidence. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 343-363, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1605580

  • Piety Runhaar, Machiel Bouwmans & Marjan Vermeulen (2019) Exploring teachers’ career self-management. Considering the roles of organizational career management, occupational self-efficacy, and learning goal orientation. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 364-384, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1607675

  • Mostafa Ayoobzadeh (2019) The impact of frequency of contact on protégé mentoring outcomes: The moderating effects of protégé general self-efficacy and face-to-face interaction. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 385-404, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1615309

  • Joshua C. Collins (2019) A more radical human resource development: The time is now. Human Resource Development International, 22:4, 405-411, DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2018.1506649

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ)

Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Executive Editor

HRDQ Earns New Impact Factor

As Executive Editor, I am delighted to announce that we have received our latest Impact Factor from Wiley Publishers (Joshua Tufts). I am excited to report that our 2018 Impact Factor is 3.0, our highest ever! Further, as far as categories go, we are ranked 3/27 Industrial Relations & Labor, 18/82 Applied Psychology, and 72/217 Management.

This wonderful achievement could not have occurred without all the support from the previous Co-Editors (Valerie Anderson, Kim Nimon, and Jon Werner), past and current Associate Editors (Travor Brown, Maura Sheehan, Sewon Kim, Seung Won Soon, Thomas Reio, Claire Gubbins, Robert Yawson, Andreas Gegenfurtner, and Regina Mulder), Managing Editors (Heather Short and Tara Fitzgerald), and the Editorial Board. Thanks so much for all your contributions to making Human Resource Development Quarterly a rigorous, top-tier journal.

My editorial team and I look forward to working in the coming months to continue making things happen at the journal. Onward and upward!

The latest issue of HRDQ is available here.

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. Click here for more information.

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Human Resource Development Review (HRDR)

Jia Wang, Editor


HRDR June Issue

Our June 2019 issue will feature the following four articles:

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Talent Management and Employee Retention: An Integrative Research Framework
Anoopa Narayanan, S. Rajithakumar, & Manoj Menon
An Ecosystems Perspective on International Human Resource Development: A Meta-Synthesis of the Literature
Thomas N. Garavan, Alma McCarthy, & Ronan Carbery
Integrative Literature Review Exploring the Boundaries of Diversity and Inclusion in Human Resource Development
Torrence Sparkman
Vertical Trust Within Organizations and Performance: A Systematic Review
Jacob Guinot & Ricardo Chiva

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Job Postings

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Houston, Texas

The College of Technology is among the fastest growing colleges at the University of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university. We are looking for highly dedicated scholars, researchers, and teachers to help us prepare the future's technologist, scientists, and business leaders.

The Department of Human Development and Consumer Sciences (HDCS) in the College of Technology at the University of Houston seeks qualified candidates for an Instructional Assistant/Associate Professor position in Human Resource Development (HRD). The preferred fields of specialization are: organization development, instructional design, e-Learning, adult learning, and learning and development. To be successful, candidates must have a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses will be offered at the University of Houston at Sugar Land.

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Human Resources Business Partner, R18347C

Bellevue, Washington

The Human Resource Business Partner will provide guidance and consultation in any, some or all of the following human resources functional areas: recruitment, classification, compensation, employee/labor relations, grievances, affirmative action, training and development, performance management, program and policy development, organizational analysis, interpretation and application of laws, rules, policies, and/or other functions relating to human resources management.

Serve as a skilled, experienced, human resource professional. Responsible for resolving complex human resource issues. Plans and carries out work independently, utilizing knowledge of laws, policies and regulations. Responsible for prioritizing and managing issues within designated area of responsibility. Maintain and ensure a confidential environment at all times.

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Assistant/Associate Professor & Program Lead

Stockton, California

We seek a leader with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation and learning in Northern California and beyond. We are searching for a colleague with a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. We are building a curious, inquiring, and courageous community of practitioners who are committed to revolutionizing learning systems, structures, and cultures.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas

The duties and responsibilities of this Instructor of Human Resources and Workforce Development position include: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource and workforce development; mentoring undergraduate students; advising graduate students and serving on advisory and dissertation committees; and engaging in service activities at the program, department, college, and university levels.

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We seek a leader with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to serve a vital role as we fulfill our vision to be a center of innovation and learning in Northern California and beyond. We are searching for a colleague with a deep commitment to engaging students in real-world practice through teaching that challenges dominant norms. We are building a curious, inquiring, and courageous community of practitioners who are committed to revolutionizing learning systems, structures, and cultures.

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Final Thought

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

Tomika Greer“If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Every month, this Digest is sent to the entire AHRD membership. Some months, I receive a few emails back from members who comment on the contents of the Digest for that month. Some months, I hear nothing and am left to wonder if the Digest reached anyone. Was there anyone in the forest when the email landed?

I view this medium as a dialogue among the AHRD membership. I implore you to use it in that way. Submit your content here to share with other HRD professionals; and please feel free to respond to me or directly to the authors herein.

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Robert Yawson
  • Rajashi Ghosh

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The AHRD Digest is published electronically the second week of each month. Please submit ideas and content that would be valuable to members to by the 10th day of the month previous.

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