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From the Board

By Jessica Li, AHRD Board Member

Jessica Li, AHRD Board Member

Greetings! As we head to the end of this eventful, unpredictable and thought-provoking year, I hope you can find some time to take a break and enjoy the holidays filled with peace and joy in the company of your family and friends.

At a time of gratitude, I thank you for your continued support of the Academy of Human Resource Development. Your commitments to the AHRD mission, your innovative practices and transformational researches are what set us apart and what make us who we are. You are the soul of AHRD.

At a time of reflection, I dare not to pretend that I can comprehend what 2016 has presented to us. The Brexit, the result of the US November election, the development of AI and automation technologies, the new-found popularity of nationalism and the meaning of globalization, just to name a few. What all these mean for us in the field of human resource development might require more than a few cups of reinforced eggnog to resolve. I invite you to join us in San Antonio to continue this journey of meaning making.

Moreover, it is a perfect time for reaffirmation. In the face of an uncertain world, we must examine and reaffirm our mission and our values. The Board has initiated this discussion in recent board meetings. I wish you will join us and share your thoughts and ideas. A recent Korn Ferry study suggested that the majority of CEOs are now seeing more value in technology than their workforce. What a load of …. but we need to think about how to restore the confidence in people as the most important asset. As the most prominent HRD community, we need to renew our commitment to work together in a manner that enriches us as individuals, SIGs, and the larger community.

My best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Conference 2017 Updates

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, 2017. 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.

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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

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 at (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 d'oeuvres 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 San Antonio, Texas. However, if you are not currently affiliated with a sponsoring institution, but would like to participate in the colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator (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 are available at the AHRD website (Sample of last year’s program available at AHRD).

Embracing & Supporting Diversity

The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) strives to be a welcoming and inclusive organization. As such, we do not tolerate prejudice, malice, racism, sexism, or homophobia. In light of the recent negative political and societal discourse, we believe it crucial to explicate to all of our members and conference participants that AHRD respects and values diversity in all of its forms. We have worked and will continue to work to make the AHRD community and our conferences environments where HRD scholars and scholar-practitioners will feel safe and valued. If you have any concerns about the safety and inclusiveness of the upcoming conference in San Antonio, please contact Julie Gedro, Conference Chair for 2017 International Research Conference of the Americas ( or Wendy Ruona, President, Academy of Human Resource Development (

Call for Session Host Volunteers

Deadline to complete the form: January 20, 2017 at 5:00pm (Central Standard Time)

We are seeking volunteers to host approximately 60 sessions, including full manuscripts, poster sessions, and FOCUS sessions (professional development sessions will be hosted by the facilitators) for the 2017 Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas in San Antonio, Texas. Presentations for the above-mentioned sessions will begin on Thursday, March 2 at 3:45pm, continue on Friday, March 3, and end at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 4. Each session will feature four presentations. One facilitator (Session Host) will be present in each room or session. Review the AHRD 2017 Conference Session Host Resources for full details.

Please respond to this request by completing the form on our website to indicate which time(s) you would be available to serve no later than January 20, 2017 at 5:00pm (Central Standard Time). Please note that assignments will be made based on availability and the time you report available.

Submit the form, and find all the details with time options here!

News for Members

2017 AHRD Research Conference in Asia

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We are pleased to announce that AHRD is partnering with AHRD-India to host the 2017 AHRD Research Conference in Asia, on November 8-10, 2017. The conference will be held at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. We wish to recognize Dr. Rajeshwari Narendran, Director of AHRD-India, and her team of faculty from IIM, Ahmedabad, and various scholar-practitioners from industry, for stepping forward to help make the Conference a reality.

More information about the 2017 Conference ❯❯

A special attraction of the Conference will include a visit to the famed Mundra Port, along with planned visits to many cultural sites. Pre-conference sessions will be offered by Gary McLean and Ron Jacobs, and some high-profile keynote speakers from industry and academia are being scheduled for keynote presentations.

To make the Conference truly a partnership, AHRD is seeking volunteer reviewers for the submitted manuscripts. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer — we promise a reasonable number of manuscripts to review please contact Rajashi Ghosh by January 6, 2017 at to express your interest and include a one paragraph professional biography.

Also, if you know of any potential sponsors who can be contacted for this conference, email Rajashi Ghosh.

We look forward to seeing as many AHRD members as possible at the 2017 AHRD Research Conference in Asia!

Read more about the 2017 Conference in Asia ❯❯

Rajashi Ghosh
AHRD Coordinator
2017 AHRD Conference in Asia

Faculty Mentoring Program

We are excited to continue the formal mentoring program we launched last year to address the career/professional development needs of HRD faculty across different career levels (i.e., junior, mid-career, senior).

So, if you are interested to take advantage of this exciting professional development opportunity and join our 2017 AHRD Mentoring Partner cohort, please visit our webpage for further details about this mentoring program.

Interested faculty should submit the Participant Input Form (available on the webpage noted above) by Jan. 15, 2017.

10th Critical Management Studies Conference Session Invitation

Liverpool at night

Members of the AHRD Critical HRD SIG are co-convening a stream at the 2017 Critical Management Studies Conference, to be held July 3-5, Liverpool, UK.

Stream title: 'Realising Critical HRD in the Face of Racism and Xenophobia'

This stream seeks to explore the contribution of and challenges for Critical Human Resource Development [(C)HRD] in the face of the social upheaval the world is currently experiencing. In particular, our concern is to invite papers that explore how (C)HRD can make and is making a contribution to addressing current and future problems of hate-based xenophobia by facilitating and helping to achieve desired awareness and behavioural change among employees and citizens.

Consider a Year-End Donation to the AHRD Foundation

The AHRD Foundation uses its influence and financial resources to support and sustain the efforts of established scholars and emerging scholars. The funds have helped to provide research grants to established scholars and awards of recognition to emerging scholars.

Please go to the AHRD Foundation website and donate whatever amount you can in order to further AHRD scholarship and scholars.

Note that the AHRD Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and your donations are considered charitable contributions.

Any specific questions can be sent to: Darlene Russ-Eft or Laura Bierema

Journal News


The Winter, 2016 Issue of HRDQ (Volume 27, Issue 4) appears online around December 15: View Journal

For all articles on Early View: View Articles

EARLY VIEW: The following article and media review have been added to the HRDQ Early View since November 1:

  • Baek, P. and Kim, N. (2016), The Subjective Perceptions of Critical HRD Scholars on the Current State and the Future of CHRD.
  • Amer, H. (2016), Review of Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. (2016) Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader.

For all articles on Early View: View Articles


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 More Details (PDF)


HRDQ now offers the “Gold Open Access” option to authors. View More Details

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Human Resource Development Review — Our December 2016 issue is now available! This issue features the following work:

Integrative Literature Reviews

The Unheard, Unseen, and Often Forgotten: An Examination of Disability in the Human Resource Development Literature
Greg Procknow & Tonette Rocco

Writing Integrative Literature Reviews: Using the Past and Present to Explore the Future
Richard Torraco

The Impact of Team Learning Behaviors on Team Innovative Work Behavior: A Systematic Review
Andrea Widmann, Gerhard Messmann, & Regina H. Mulder

Theory and Conceptual Articles

Challenges for the Theory and Practice of Business Coaching: A Systematic Review of Empirical Evidence
Anna Blackman, Gianna Moscardo, & David E. Gray

Instructor’s Corner

Data Analytics in Human Resources: A Case Study and Critical Review
Kylie Goddell King

Our latest author podcast is now available! Drs. Hedayati and Li share more about their research on talent development. Listen to their podcast now.

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  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Jessica Li
  • Toby Egan
  • Rajashi Ghosh

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