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The Soulard Blues Band


2015 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas Is this Week (February 19-21, 2015)

Submitted by Wendy E.A. Ruona, Conference Chair

Check out Conference Central for all the details of the conference that happens February 19-21 (with pre-conference activities February 17-18) in St. Louis. We hope you agree it’s shaping up to be a conference you won’t want to miss! There’s still time to register!

Some of the many reasons to look forward to the conference this week include:

  • 175+ Papers & Presentations featuring HRD Research & Scholarship
  • Keynote Address: The New Frontier of Workplace Learning with Jane Hart
  • Town Forum on Thursday afternoon to launch the conference. A team of 10+ expert scholars and practitioners will involve all conference participants in a stimulating Town Forum entitled Enhancing the Frontiers of Diversity and Inclusion in Research & Practice: Performative, Critical, and Radical Perspectives on the Contexts and Issues for HRD
  • Two pre-conference workshop opportunities
  • PEN meeting for program chairs of academic programs in HRD
  • Graduate Student Colloquium (two distinct experiences for Masters and Doctoral level)
  • Opening Reception (Thursday evening) at The City Museum
  • Optional Excursion/Tour Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour & Dinner on Friday evening
  • Presidential Dinner featuring the Soulard Blues Band and celebrating the AHRD community and the many accomplishments of its members

From the President

By Ron Jacobs

A Shout-Out to All University of Illinois Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends

This is an invitation to all to please join us at the 2015 AHRD International Research Conference in St. Louis, February 19-21, 2015.

A few things about this year’s University of Illinois participation should be noted:

  • 29 people from the University of Illinois will be presenting at the conference
  • All of the University of Illinois HRD faculty members are attending the conference
  • University of Illinois students will not only attend and present, but also volunteer to manage the registration desks and help out with buses to the opening reception at the City Museum
  • The College of Education at University of Illinois is the sponsor of the Opening Reception
  • The Online M.Ed. program of the College of Education is sponsoring a table top to showcase its online HRD program
  • The Department of Education Policy and Organization Leadership is sponsoring a Illinois reception at the conference and a bus to transport student to and from the conference.

We at the University of Illinois are looking forward to seeing you all there — please join us at the Illinois Reception on Friday Evening at 8:30pm in the Presidential Suite.  


The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development

New book edited by Rob Poell, Tonette S. Rocco, Gene Roth

Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development

The field of Human Resource Development (HRD) has grown in prominence as an independent discipline from its roots in both management and education since the 1980s. There has been continual debate about the boundaries of HRD ever since.

Receive a 20% discount when you pre-order online. Details may be found on the flyer.

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Handbook of Human Resource Development

New book by Neal E. Chalofsky, Tonette S. Rocco, Michael Lane Morris

Handbook of Human Resource Development

Human resource development (HRD) is the framework through which professionals can better develop their talent and manage the resources that are available to an organization. Founded upon the pillars of employee training, performance management, career development, organization development, and talent management, HRD is the art and science of creating an effective, forward-thinking workforce.

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

Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ), a Jossey-Bass/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, 2016, although applicants should expect that training and immersion into the role will commence in the four to six months prior to January 1, 2016.

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 26th year and was inducted into the Thomson Reuters SSCI/ISI in 2010. The 2013 Impact Factor for HRDQ is .854 (an increase over the 2012 Impact Factor of .653) with journal rankings as follows:

12/26 in Industrial Relations and Labor (the 2012 ranking was 12/24 in Industrial Relations and Labor)

51/75 Applied Psychology (the 2012 ranking was 58/72 Applied Psychology)

114/172 Management (the 2012 ranking was 130/172 Management)

[Note:  The SCImago Journal Rank Indicator SJR is .83 and IPP is 1.586]

The primary role of the Editor is to provide strategic leadership direction for the journal by ensuring that all publishing deadlines are met, that the content of the journal reflects the highest quality of scholarship within the HRD field, to manage and collaborate with a multi-Associate Editor team and Managing Editor, and to work 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 and actively involved in the following important activities and tasks:

  • The initial review of all submissions and the assignment of appropriate AEs to the submissions based upon content and method expertise. The selection of well-qualified reviewers for each manuscript placed under review, and subsequent monitoring of the full peer review process;
  • The review and rendering of all final decision recommendations;
  • Overseeing the Associate and Managing Editors’ work flow and responsibilities;
  • Reviewing the journal budget in support of the Managing Editor’s position given the Jossey-Bass/Wiley stipend;
  • The review of all content to be published in the journal;
  • Overseeing the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award process;
  • The development of editorials and/or the solicitation of editorials and invited feature articles 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;  Such communications occur through Skype, phone conference, email exchange, in person and the AHRD Digest;
  • Proactively working with the publisher to promote and market the journal to enhance its visibility, reputation, ranking, and impact factor.  This includes the development of strategies to enhance the journal’s web page and its content along with the potential use of social media, brochures and postcards along with sponsorship opportunities;
  • 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;
  • Attending appropriate conferences to promote the journal as well as host symposium sessions in support of author submissions and the peer review process;
  • Serving as an ambassador for the journal;
  • Ensuring that editorial team members are trained, coached and mentored in preparation for the positions they hold;
  • Identifying and selecting Associate Editors and a Managing Editor to support the new editorial team; and
  • Other duties as needed and as required.

Desired qualifications for the role of Editor/Co-Editor include:

  • Familiarity with HRDQ’s aims and scope, and an articulation of any involvement with the journal as a previously published author, reviewer, associate editor or board member;
  • Interest in and experience in diverse content domains relevant to HRD and international aspects of the field;
  • Current employment in academia through an appointment in a tenured or tenure-line faculty position at a research university, or other equivalent positions such as readers, senior lecturers, etc.;
  • A notable and distinguished record of scholarly publications within the HRD community and related fields of study as well as expertise in quantitative and qualitative and mixed methodologies;
  • A strong and well-established record of service as reviewer and/or track chair, special issue editor, assistant or associate editor, or editorial board member of one or more major journals in the HRD or related fields;
  • Excellent leadership, communication, organizational, and project management skills in support of journal operations; and,
  • Evidence of support and commitment to becoming the academic home/homes for the journal from the applicant’s/applicants’ institution(s). This type of support should include but is not limited to: release time, administrative support, large email capacity and archiving capability, laptop computer and other related technology support (potential web and social media capability), financial support, and funding for conference travel.

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

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

The submission deadline is March 31, 2015.  The decisions will be announced in April, 2015. For further information, please contact Dr. Andrea D. Ellinger. Please submit all application materials as a single PDF on or before the deadline to Dr. Andrea D. Ellinger at:

Open Call for New Editor/Co-Editors for Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management (JCHRM)

Emerald Group Publishing Limited invites applications for the position of Editor or Co-Editors of the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management with a view to taking over the full role of Editor in April 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious and focused individual with solid editorial experience to edit an exciting journal in Emerald’s Human Resource Management collection.


The Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management (JCHRM) is the first journal to cater to a steadily-increasing number of researchers, practitioners and University lecturers focusing on a crucial field: the management of one-fifth of the world’s workforce in China and the surrounding regions of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Launched in 2010, JCHRM comes at a time when Chinese human resource management theory, research and practices have global implications.

JCHRM’s mission is to publish original research and contribute to indigenous and general HRM knowledge in three major categories: (1) Chinese human resource management, including research in and on Chinese local firms, Chinese multinational companies operating in or outside China and international multinational companies in China; (2) international, cross-cultural and comparative HRM with China or Chinese individuals and organizations as a component; and (3) human resources related policy research and analysis at an organizational, regional, or national level, also with China and Chinese organizations as a component.

To read more about the journal’s coverage, please visit the journal’s homepage

The Role of the Journal Editor

Emerald is seeking to recruit an engaged and enthusiastic Editor to manage editorial processes for JCHRM and to guide its development as a scholarly journal. The Journal Editor will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing the Journal’s double blind peer review process, with the assistance of an Editorial Review Board, and delivering appropriate and timely content for two journal issues per volume, according to a pre-determined publication schedule;
  • Upholding and developing editorial standards on the Journal and abiding by the publication ethics and principles as described by the Committee on Publication Ethics;
  • Engaging the Senior Editorial team and Editorial Advisory Board in the work of the Journal;
  • Conducting an annual Editorial Board meeting and regular communications with the Editorial Board;
  • Raising the profile of the Journal amongst researchers and practitioners and developing and maintaining a network of contacts to act as advocates for the Journal or sources of copy as appropriate;
  • Attending conferences or similar events to promote the Journal and source copy;
  • Working with the Journal Publisher (at Emerald) to achieve agreed development objectives for the Journal and to raise its international profile and standing.

The Journal Editor should have:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant academic discipline and have a proven record as a scholar;
  • Strong knowledge of the field of international, cross-cultural and comparative HRM, preferably with a focus on China and Chinese individuals and organizations;
  • Solid experience of evaluating and working with research manuscripts and their authors;
  • The ability to work effectively with journal staff and an editorial board;
  • Strong managerial, administrative, and communication skills;
  • General knowledge of the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management and related titles in the field; and
  • Experience using ScholarOne manuscript management system (preferred but not required),

The Journal Editor receives a modest honorarium in recognition of his/her work on the Journal. Additional budget is also made available to the Editor to partially fund attendance at conferences or other events of relevance to the Journal.

Next steps

Interested individuals are invited to submit a current CV and a covering letter outlining your previous editorial experience; how you would seek to develop the journal over the course of your editorship; a clear description of the structure of the editorial team and responsibilities if an application is for co-editors. It is anticipated that the new Editor will assume responsibility for the Journal in April 2015.

Applications or nominations for this post should be submitted by email to: on or before February 27, 2015. Early applications are preferred.

HRD Journals Available

Wayne Pace is reducing his journal library and would like to donate some HRD journals to a college or university that could use them. He has about 280 issues dating from 1993 to 2014. The receiving institution would need to pay for shipping. Please contact Wayne at


India HRD SIG Sessions at the AHRD Conference

  1. Women in leadership roles in Asia and HRD implications (Joint Focus session with China & Korea SIGs, Feb 20, Friday, 1.30-3 pm, Sterling 5)
    1. Organizers: Yonjoo Cho (Korea SIG), Rajashi Ghosh (India SIG), Judy Sun (China SIG) will open the session. 
    2. Facilitators: Jessica Li, Misha Chakraborty, Hae Na Kim will anchor Roundtables to discuss women's leadership roles in China, India, and Korea. 
  2. Foundations of Indian Spirituality in HRD Research & Practice: India HRD SIG Focus session (Feb 20, Friday, 3.30-5 pm, Sterling 5)
    1. Organizers: Yogita Abichandani, Meera Alagaraja, Rajashi Ghosh will open the session. 
    2. Presenters: Nandini McClurg, Misha Chakraborty, and Eduardo Tome will briefly present their studies and a question each for the Panel. 
    3. Moderators: Yogita and Meera will engage the Panelists (Peter Kuchinke, Laura Bierema, Neal Chalofsky, AAhad Osman-Gani, and Johh Dirkx) in a conversation on how Indian foundations of Workplace Spirituality can inform and be informed by global scholarship and practice of workplace spirituality.
  3. India HRD SIG Meeting (Feb 20, Friday, 12.15-1.15 pm, Grand B

The SIG Meeting will start with celebrating the SIG accomplishments (e.g., Advances Issue proposal acceptance, Webinar, etc.) and then focus on three Agenda items: 

  • Adding a member to the India SIG Steering committee;
  • Developing cross-country research, teaching, and practice collaborations between India and the US;
  • Discussion on how SIG members can contribute to a practitioner-focused perspectives piece. 

Leadership SIG Is Now on Twitter

Follow the AHRD Leadership SIG for the latest tweets about SIG Leadership happenings before and during the conference #AHRD2015, as well as to hear about upcoming webinars, interesting articles, and more @SIGLeadership!



The Human Resource Development Quarterly editorial team is pleased to present a preview of the content of 26(1), which will be published on March 16, 2015. The content should soon be available in Early View. We hope that you will look forward to receiving your electronic or print copies of this issue. 

With our best wishes, Andrea D. Ellinger, Editor, Mary Lynn Lunn, Managing Editor, Valerie Anderson, Claire Gubbins, Kim F. Nimon, Maura Sheehan, and Jon M. Werner, Associate Editors

Group Development and Team Learning: How Development Stages Relate to Team-Level Learning Behavior

Eva Kyndt, Center for Research on Professional Learning and Development and Lifelong Learning, University of Leuven, Belgium

Stefan Decuyper, Center for Research on Professional Learning and Development and Lifelong Learning, University of Leuven, Belgium

Piet Van Den Bossche, Institute for Education and Information Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Filip Dochy, Center for Research on Professional Learning and Development and Lifelong Learning, University of Leuven, Belgium

Elien Degraeve, Unicorn Group NV, Belgium

The Impact of Feedback Orientation and the Effect of Satisfaction with Feedback on In-Role Job Performance

Anwar Rasheed, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Saif Rehman
Mazen Rasheed
Yasin Munir

Development (f)or Maintenance? An Empirical Study on the Use of and Need for HR Practices to Retain Older Workers in Healthcare Organizations

Klaske N. Veth, Hanze University Groningen, The Netherlands

Ben J. M. Emans, University of Groningen and the Hanze University Groningen, The Netherlands

Beatrice I. J. M. Van der Heijden, Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Management Research, Open University of The Netherlands, Heerlen, The Netherlands; and University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

Hubert P. L. M. Korzilius, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Institute for Management Research, The Netherlands

Annet H. De Lange, HAN University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of Human Resource Management, University of Stavanger, Norwegian School of Hotel Management, Stavanger, Norway; and Radboud University Nijmegen, Work and Organizational Psychology, Institute of Behavioural Science, The Netherlands.

(Re) Interpreting Action, Learning, and Experience: Integrating Action Learning and Experiential Learning for HRD

Roland K. Yeo, University of South Australia Business School
Michael J. Marquardt, The George Washington University

Research Request

Development of the Employee Expertise Development Scale (EEDS)

* Study participation requests have been reviewed and approved by a representative of the AHRD Board

Development of the Employee Expertise Development Scale (EEDS)

Do you want to share your experiences developing expertise in your field? You do not have to be considered an “expert” in your field—just on your way to developing your expertise.

My name is Yujin Kim and I am currently conducting a study of factors related to how employees develop expertise in the ever-changing workplace. If you are a full-time employee in the US who has at least a Bachelor’s degree, and has at least one year of work experience before, during, or after college graduation, I would like to invite you to participate in this online survey. The survey asks you to assess your experience in developing expertise in the ever-changing work contexts.

Your participation in this study will require completing the following survey. This should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes of your time. Your participation will be anonymous and you will not be contacted again in the future.

More information and the survey can be found at:

This study has been approved by the University of Connecticut IRB – number: X14-061
Please direct any questions to Yujin Kim ( Any questions regarding your rights as a research subject may also be addressed to the University of Connecticut Committee for the Protection of Human Institutional Review Board at (860) 486-0986.

There is not a strict submission due date. Data collection will probably be by Wednesday, February 25.


Stay Informed about the 2015 Conference with Social Media

The 2015 Conference is on Twitter at #AHRD2015. Use #AHRD2015 and do a search for it. Save your search so that you can look through conference Tweets easily. (You can save searches on the website and the Twitter app.)


Sr. Leadership Development Manager

The Sr. Leadership Development Manager owns development and roll out of senior management and leadership programs across GoDaddy, with a specific focus on the technical and corporate functions within the company. The position offers a unique opportunity for an experienced leadership development professional to build major programs from the ground-up. Read More

Open Rank Faculty Positions in Human Resources

Candidates must have earned a doctorate in Management, Business Administration, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources or related discipline from an accredited institution by July 1, 2015. Highly accomplished scholars possessing a distinguished research and teaching record may be considered for the rank of associate or full professor. Read More

Assistant Professor of HRD (tenure-track)

Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Human Resource Development using web-based, field-based, and on-campus delivery. Provide service, including academic advising, committee work at all levels (department, college, and university), experiential learning, and community engagement. Establish research agenda in appropriate academic area, including grant writing and publishing. Read More

Instructor of Human Resource Development

Minimum of a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development, Adult Education, Business Administration, or a closely related field preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who have begun or are willing to pursue doctoral degree. Successful candidates should have both teaching experience and work experience in the HRD content areas. Read More

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Robin Grenier, Editor
Wendy E.A. Ruona
Ron Jacobs

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