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From the Board

By Darren Short, AHRD Board Member

Darren Short, Board Member

Board Election Ballots Arriving Soon

Over the next few weeks, AHRD members will be voting for three new Board members for terms beginning in 2017. Members will receive an email from SurveyMonkey containing links to biographical and vision statements for the board candidates, as well as a link to the vote ballot. The ballot system closes at 5:00pm. Eastern on November 18, 2016. If you don’t receive your SurveyMonkey email on Monday, October 24 contact the AHRD Office at

Thank you for taking the time to vote in this important election.
Darren Short

Conference 2017 Updates

2017 Conference in the Americas Update: Submissions Are in and Next Steps for Submissions

We are excited to report to AHRD members that we received 282 submissions for the 2017 Conference in the Americas. Thanks to you, we have nearly 230 reviewers to review these submissions. The reviewers and Track Chair Editors are hard at work reviewing the 280+ papers, poster abstracts, and proposals that were submitted in September. Thank you all for your work in this critical process!

We expect all decisions to be announced no later than October 28; we will distribute these by track. If you have not received your decision by October 31, please contact the Track Chair for your submission.

Once you have received your decision, you should start working on revisions and ensuring your papers are camera ready by December 2, 2016. There will be no extensions on this date due to the extremely tight deadlines we have to make the conference proceedings release dates. Announcements will be forthcoming directly to authors with instructions for submitting final camera-ready manuscripts.

Huge thanks to everyone for the effort towards the 2017 conference.

Your 2017 Conference Team,
Jason Moats, Robert Yawson, and Sunyoung Park

Graduate Student Research Colloquium

As part of the Graduate Student Research Colloquium (abbreviated as the colloquium) requirements, students are expected to be present at the conference site from early morning on Wednesday, March 1 through late Saturday, March 4, 2016. To maximize their experiential learning, students are required to attend all sessions offered during the pre-conference period (Wednesday morning through Thursday at noon), as well as the full conference (Thursday afternoon through Saturday evening). There are no exceptions to this attendance requirement.

Students are fully responsible for arranging their own transportation and lodging. Hotel information can be found on the AHRD website. Finally, students are expected to arrive in San Antonio, Texas by the evening of Tuesday, February 28.

For other important pre-conference logistics, please contact the course instructor at your university.


If you need assistance regarding the Colloquium issues, please contact the colloquium coordinator: Dr. Toby Egan at or phone: 1+(317)938-9111.

If you are currently enrolled in an academic program that supports your participation in the colloquium, contact the instructor regarding registration. If you are not currently a member of an institution that is supporting the colloquium, you have two options: (1) contact a faculty member at your institution to determine if he or she would support your participation in the colloquium as part of a directed study or research-related project for academic credit; (2) contact Dr. Egan at or phone: 1+(317)938-9111.

As part of colloquium participation, you must do two things:

  1. register for the full conference; and
  2. register for the colloquium.

Managing Expenses

Former student participants have identified sharing a room with another student(s) as an important cost savings strategy. Contact your instructor or colleagues/peers to determine if this is possible. Starting to immediately investigate air travel options is also important as prices may rise as the travel dates approach. A modest continental breakfast and snacks are typically available as part of the conference, hors devours are available during the Thursday Opening Reception, and a plated dinner is available at the Saturday President’s Banquet. As noted in the hotel information, a variety of affordable restaurants are within brief walking distance.

Course Instructors

Your university should have an instructor responsible for your colloquium participation. She or he will make a final determination regarding course requirements beyond your on-site participation during the colloquium in Jacksonville, FL. However, if you are not currently affiliated with a sponsoring institution, but would like to participate in the colloquium, please contact either one of the colloquium coordinators (contact information listed above).

Although a number of faculty and guest speakers will participate in the colloquium delivery, the onsite scheduling and coordination of the colloquium will be facilitated by Dr. Toby Egan. Details regarding the course program and syllabus will be posted by November 1, 2016. (Sample of last year’s program)

News for Members


7th to 9th June 2017
Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Following the huge success of recent UFHRD Conferences, we invite you to come to sunny and
warm Lisbon, near the Atlantic Ocean to discuss a pivotal question on HRD future, namely
Indigenous Research and Identity in HRD in a Globalized World.” Never like today has the world
been so globalized, but also never like today have we had the feeling that national and individual
particularities matter. It is in order to bridge that gap that we ask for your contributions for the
conference. Specifically, the conference will be divided in ten streams led, by very well-known and
experienced scholars that have been in the field for decades.

The ten streams are as follows:

  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Critical Approaches to HRD
  • Diversity Issues in HRD
  • Employee Engagement
  • Global, comparative and cross cultural dimensions of HRD
  • Leadership and Leadership Development
  • Learning and Teaching and HRD
  • Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Scholarly Practitioner Research
  • Workplace Learning Training and Development

Further guidelines for each stream may be found in the Conference webpage under the header Stream

The deadline for abstract submission (1000 to 2000 words) is November 26 2016. Contributions
should be sent to Abstracts should include information about
Purpose and Research Question, Setting, Theoretical background, Methodology, Results,
Implications and Limitations. Reviews will be sent to authors before January 31 2017. The
deadline for papers submission (6000 to 8000 words) is April 1 2017.

We are also honoured to announce that we gathered four very distinguished scholars as Keynotes
namely Monica Lee, Valerie Anderson, Brad Chuck and Bob Hamlin. Come and have a wonderful experience, intellectual, exquisite, colourful, warm and sunny.

For any questions, email

Eduardo Tomé, Maria José Sousa and Sandra Costa on behalf of the Organizing Committee

A Very Special Issue of ADHR

A truly important and special issue of ADHR is now available on-line!

ADHR 18(4) ( ) was designed and implemented by two AHRD past presidents (Karen Watkins & Gary McLean) with the express intent of "capturing AHRD’s history for future generations of HRD scholars and to look at where this foundation intimates where we may be heading as a field of study and practice” (loosely quoted from their original proposal for this issue).

As AHRD approaches its 25th anniversary in 2018 this issue of ADHR is a vitally relevant collection of important ideas to guide us for the future!

Research Update: Research Theorized a New Definition of HD

By Greg G. Wang

In a recent study, “Means versus Ends: Theorizing a Definition of Human Resource Development,” Greg G. Wang, with a team of scholars put their hands on the long debated HRD definition and derived a new definition through a thorough analysis of existing definitions and with a theory development approach. The article has been accepted for publication in a future issue of Personnel Review.

Led by Wang, the research team included Jon M. Werner, Judy Y. Sun, Ann Gilley, and Jerry W. Gilley. As the result of analyzing and theorizing, the study conceptualized the hard cores for HRD as shaping, skilling, and (for) the host system and reached the following definition:

Human resource development is a mechanism in shaping individual and group values and beliefs and skilling through learning-related activities to support the desired performance of the host system.

The authors appreciate all the feedback, critiques, and comments received from the AHRD research community during this multi-year research project. Preview the Full Text.

Research Grant Opportunity

Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant


The Korea SIG’s International Research on Korea Grant promotes AHRD graduate students’ research collaboration on research in Korea. This grant provides $500 to the awardees to reimburse them for research and dissemination expenses for one year only, with eligibility to apply for a subsequent year. Eligible expenses might include, but are not limited to, gifts for participants during data collection; software; data analysis assistance, such as transcribers or translators; AHRD membership, registration for any AHRD conference where the outcome of the award is presented; and travel and lodging while at the conference.


  • Graduate students who are members of AHRD are eligible to apply with a research proposal.
  • A team of students, consisting of at least one Korean and one non-Korean, regardless of where they live, may submit one proposal. A faculty member may be part of the team in a mentor role, though he/she is not eligible to use the funds. The rationale for this eligibility criterion is our desire to expand interest in Korean HRD research, while wanting to ensure sensitivity to the Korean culture.
  • Students can find partners on the AHRD Facebook page or LinkedIn, or contact the Korea SIG chair, Heeyoung Han (, who will distribute your request.
  • Past recipients are eligible to apply in a subsequent year.

Application Process

  • Submit a proposal in electronic format in Word format (not .pdf).
  • The cover page should include:
    • Student names and affiliations
    • The title of the research project
    • The corresponding student’s email address and telephone number
  • Proposals must not exceed 3 single-spaced pages, in addition to the cover page, including:
    • Problem statement
    • Research purpose and questions
    • A brief review of the literature
    • Research methods
    • Anticipated outcomes and implications for HRD
    • Information dissemination plan (including presentation at one of the AHRD conferences)
    • Research project timeline (not exceeding one year, beginning with March following the award announcement at the February AHRD Conference in the Americas).

Submission Deadline

  • Submit a proposal by December 1, 2016, by email to Dr. Han at (
  • The Korea SIG Chair will form a three-person review panel.
  • The final decision will be announced at the AHRD Conference in the Americas in 2017.

Journal News


EARLY VIEW: Two articles have been added to the HRDQ Early View since September 1:

  • Women leaders’ work-life imbalance in South Korean companies: A collaborative qualitative study. Y. Cho, J. Park, B. Ju, S. J. Han, H. Moon, S. Park, A. Ju, & E. Park
  • A systems approach to identify skill needs for agrifood nanotechnology: A multiphase mixed methods study. R. M. Yawson, & B. C. Greiman,

Find all Articles.

The Fall, 2016 Issue of HRDQ (Volume 27, Issue 3) is now online

View the Fall 2016 Issue.


Methods for HRD research, theory and Practice: HRDQ encourage submissions of papers that demonstrate or discuss a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method with relevance to human resource development and related fields. View Details

HRDQ Podcast

View an interview with Ciara Nolan concerning her recent article in HRDQ (with Thomas Garavan).


Connect with us to learn more about Early View articles, Throw-Back-Thursday articles, and more!

  • Twitter: @hrdq_journal
  • LinkedIn: HRDQ_Journal
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Our September 2016 issue is now available! This issue features the following work:

Integrative Literature Reviews

Understanding Talent Development and Implications for Human Resource Development: An Integrative Literature Review
Amir Hedayati Mehdiabadi & Jessica Li

Examining Organizational Citizenship Behavior in the Context of Human Resource Development: An Integrative Review of the Literature
Kevin Rose

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Work Engagement: Toward a General Theoretical Enriching Model
Liat Eldor

The Cultural Evolution of Talent Management: A Memetic Analysis
Swailes, Stephen

Man, Have I Got a Story for You: Facilitated Autoethnography as a Potential Research Methodology in Human Resource Development
Robin Grenier & Joshua Collins

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Two Author Podcasts will be Featured from Our September 2016 Issue

Drs. Hedayati and Li and Dr. Kevin Rose will share more about their research presented in our current issue. Follow us on social media for their release dates!

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Virtual Special Issue 3 - October 2016!

Our final virtual issue for this year will feature a collection of work that highlights critical perspectives and under-served populations in HRD.

HRDR Author, Ciaran McFadden of Maynooth University will be featured in our virtual issue author interview. Follow us on social media for the immediate release!

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HRDI has issued a call for papers for a special issue of HRDI, ‘Critical Perspective of HRD and social transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Deadline for submissions is 20th January 2017. Find More Details & Submit

Awards & Accolades

HRDR featured in Sage Publications’ Management Ink blog!

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Management Ink Feature

Deconstructing the Privilege and Power of Employee Engagement: Issues of Inequality for Management and Human Resource Development by Drs. B. Shuck, J. Collins, T. Rocco, and R. Diaz was recently featured in Management Ink, Sage Publications’ scholarly blog. Read the Feature

Final Thoughts

By Robin S. Grenier, Digest Editor, AHRD Board Member

Vote! It is a statement that is particularly important this time of year. We have a chance to shape our future, and the future of those who come after us. You have a voice in choosing among a diverse group of candidates - don’t let others make the decision for you – when your AHRD ballot lands in your inbox, don’t ignore it! (You thought that I was going somewhere else with that, weren’t you?)


Job Postings

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Senior Director, Talent & Org. Development

  • Center for Reproductive Rights, New York, New York

The Center seeks a Senior Director, Talent & Organizational Development, a newly created role, who will serve as a key business partner to the management team in leading the strategic design and structure to address a dynamic organization. S/he will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the Center’s Operations and Management teams. Read More

Department Head, Department of Educational Administration & Human Resources Development

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

The College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University invites applications and nominations for the position of Head, Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development (EAHR). The College of Education and Human Development’s mission is to enhance equity in educational achievement and health outcomes, to foster innovation and development, and to influence policy and practice. Read More

Tenure Track Assistant/ Associate Professor

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Responsibilities: We seek to hire exceptional scholars in the area of Human Resource Development and Technology Management. Thus, preference will be given to candidates with preparation in Human Resource Development and Technology Management, with one or more research agendas underway as evidenced through refereed publications in the case of Assistant Professor and an established research record in the case of Associate Professor. These are tenure track professor appointments with responsibilities for two courses per semester in the area of human resource development and Technology Management. Courses include, but are not limited to TCMG 272: Technology and End-User Support, TCMG 303: Unix System Administration Practices, TCMG 316: Database Systems Administration and Application, TCMG 308: Cybersecurity and Digital Ethics, TCMG 412: Contemporary Issues in Technology Management, TCMG 476: Managing Technical Networks, EHRD 203: Foundations of Human Resource Development, EHRD 477: Project Management, EHRD 405: Principles and Practice of Leadership in Human Resource Development and Technology Management. Preference will be given to individuals with a strong Human Resource Development and Technology Management background. In addition to research and teaching responsibilities, individuals appointed to these positions will be required to provide service at program, department, college, university and to their professional organizations. Read More

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

The successful applicants for each position should have earned a Ph.D. or Ed. D. in Human Resource Development and Technology Management or a or a related field, an established research agenda, teaching experience in higher education, and potential for external funding activity consistent with a tenure-earning faculty member at a Research Extensive university. Read More

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Contributors to this Issue

  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Darren Short
  • Greg G. Wang

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