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Rajashi Ghosh, Chair of AHRD Global CommitteeInvite in and Broaden Research Networks
By Marilyn Byrd, Chair of AHRD Awards Committee

A few years ago, during a Town Hall Forum at an AHRD Conference, I used the expression “invite in”. The interpretation intended for that venue was: transcending boundaries of tight knit research networks and inviting collaboration across established lines of dissimilarity. To “invite in” complements AHRD’s transdisciplinary vision for creating partnerships and growing our networks. I wanted to share how two experiences broadened my networks and at the same time created opportunities for me to market AHRD as my professional home.

My service as the outside member on a student’s doctoral committee (Department of Communication) earned me an invitation as affiliate faculty with that department. Although this is a common practice in academia, it is a wonderful opportunity to develop interdisciplinary partnerships. During my service on that committee, commonalities in the language of social justice have ignited stimulating conversations and I am eager to see where the relationship leads. Additionally, I extended an opportunity for the doctoral student (now a doctoral candidate) to serve as a reviewer for the AHRD conference, establishing the potential for her future affiliation.

When I received an invitation to contribute to a behavioral handbook that focuses on social injustice (micro level) in the healthcare field, my initial thought was: “My background is not in healthcare.” However, as I pondered that invitation, I convinced myself that social injustice is a shared concern and that by declining the invitation I would miss an opportunity. Anticipating that my article would present an interdisciplinary perspective, I proposed social justice education as a fundamental approach for healthcare practitioners to learn appropriate moral responses. An educational foundation for learning social justice principles is consistent with developing human resources in the professions. Although coming from an unexpected academic area, I again broadened my circle.

The transdisciplinary, unbounded nature of HRD is one of the reasons I find this to be a fascinating field for research and practice. As a professional community with shared interests, passions, and expertise we should begin thinking of ways to invite others in to our networks, whatever our specialized interests may be. In addition, accepting invitations from other academic areas could be a fruitful opportunity for creating partnerships. These are exciting times for all of us who call the AHRD our home. It is also a time to “boldly go where no one has gone before.”

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Call for Volunteers to Join the AHRD Membership Engagement Committee

Submitted by Dr. Brad Shuck

Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Make an Impact! Interested in the future AHRD and want to have an impact on what AHRD looks like in the future? Is building relationships something you love to do – and want to do more of? Social media your thing? The Membership Engagement Committee is looking to add two additional committee members to focus on impactful and relational areas of AHRD. What to know more, or want to join?

Space is limited so send Brad Shuck an email at with any questions or interest you might have. We cannot wait to hear from you!

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, during 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 and development
  5. Career development
  6. Organization development and performance
  7. HRD and education
  8. Corporate social responsibility and ethics in HRD
  9. Information and communication technology and HRD
  10. Emerging issues and innovations in HRD

Submission deadline is July 15, 2019.

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

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.

Call for Research Participants

Submitted by Perri Kennedy, M.S., SHRM-SCP

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Business Management/Human Resource Management at Capella University. For my dissertation, I am conducting research on the professional experiences of doctoral-educated human resource development professionals who identify as scholar-practitioners.

With the permission of the Association for Human Resource Development (AHRD) leadership, I am soliciting participants for this study through AHRD. To be eligible to participate in this study, an individual must:

  1. Hold a doctoral degree in a field related to human resource development, which includes but is not limited to the general disciplines of management, education, and psychology;
  2. Currently employed as a full-time exempt-level professional in a role relevant to human resource development;
  3. Work in the U.S. for a U.S.-based organization; and
  4. Self-identify as active in both scholarly and practitioner activities.

To prevent conflict of interest, all current employees of The Boeing Company and its subsidiaries will be excluded from participation.

Your participation would consist of a 60-minute telephone or Skype interview, with no further commitment from you required. This interview will be recorded for accurate transcription. Your personally identifiable information and responses will be kept strictly confidential and no identifying details will ever be released.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. No information about participant identities will ever be released to AHRD officials.

This study has been approved by the Capella University IRB. You may review the Informed Consent document before volunteering to participate.

If you are interested in participating in this research study or would like to ask questions before deciding to participate, please contact me at

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Journal News

Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR)

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor-in-Chief

Celebrating 20 Years of Service

Advances in Developing Human Resources celebrates its 20th year of service to the field of human resource development. The first issue of ADHR was published in February 1999 with a theme of performance improvement. Dr. Richard Swanson is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal. The following scholars/practitioners have also served in that role:

  • Richard Swanson 1999-2002
  • Scott Johnson 2002-2004
  • Wendy Ruona 2004-2007
  • Kenneth Bartlett 2007-2009
  • Susan Lynham 2009-2012
  • Kimberly McDonald 2012-2015
  • Michael Leimbach 2015-2018

The editorial team wishes to thank the Academy of Human Resource Development for its continued sponsorship. We also thank the past and present ADHR Board for your dedication, service, and commitment. We proudly support the Academy’s vision of leading the field through research by publishing topics of interest and current trends in practice.

Marilyn Y. Byrd, Editor in Chief
Rochell McWhorter, Associate Editor
Jason Moats, Associate Editor
Alina M. Waite, Associate Editor

Human Resource Development International (HRDI)

Jessica Li, Editor


Announcing the Latest Issue of HRDI

    The latest issue of HRDI, Volume 22, Issue 3 is available here.

Currently available online:

  • Stefanos Nachmias (2019) ‘Let the role begin’: advancing perspectives section for HRDI, Human Resource Development International, 22:3, 213-216. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1596607
  • Junhee Kim, Reid A. Bates & Ji Hoon Song (2019) Validation of the Learning Transfer System Inventory (LTSI) in the Korean corporate context, Human Resource Development International, 22:3, 217-234. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1567208
  • Tania Nery-Kjerfve & Jia Wang (2019) Transfer from expatriate to local contracts: a multiple case study of an unexpected career transition, Human Resource Development International, 22:3, 235-256. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1570776
  • Michelle Chin Chin Lee, Mohd. Awang Idris & Michelle Tuckey (2019) Supervisory coaching and performance feedback as mediators of the relationships between leadership styles, work engagement, and turnover intention, Human Resource Development International, 22:3, 257-282. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2018.1530170
  • Amitabh Deo Kodwani & Sanjeev Prashar (2019) Exploring the influence of pre-training factors on training effectiveness-moderating role of trainees’ reaction: a study in the public sector in India, Human Resource Development International, 22:3, 283-304. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1596012
  • Daniel Woldeab, Robert Yawson & Irina Woldeab (2019) Work and occupational profile of Eastern African immigrants in the United States: a historical overview, Human Resource Development International,22:3, 305-315. DOI: 10.1080/13678868.2019.1570480

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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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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The incumbent will serve as the Coordinator of the Online Programming in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development. The position will assist in maintaining the academic integrity of online courses and programming; provide support and outreach to ensure online programs operate successfully; advise online MS students in curricular and academic matters; complete administrative tasks required to support online programs in the School; deliver online courses in the area of leadership and human resource development; and maintain student records. This is a 12-month appointment with an anticipated start date of August 2019 or January 2020.

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

Tomika GreerA new season is upon us. This is a time to break from routine and relax just a bit more than we do during the other three seasons of the calendar year. As many of us welcome the warmer weather that will settle in for the next few months, my hope for all of you is that you will use this season to decompress and prioritize family, friends, experiences, and rest.

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  • Tomika W. Greer, AHRD Board Member and Digest Editor
  • Marilyn Byrd
  • Brad Shuck
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Perri Kennedy

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