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2017 Conference in Texas

It's not too late to join your colleagues at the 2017 International Research Conference in the Americas in San Antonio, Texas!

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From the Board

By Darren Short, Ex-Officio Board Member, President, AHRD 2012-2014

Darren Short

We are now just two weeks away from our annual celebration of HRD research that, this year, is being held in San Antonio. To those of us who view AHRD as our professional family, this is like Thanksgiving. We all gather to share stories, update each other on our work, reconnect with folks we haven't seen for a while, and have some fun. As ever, I'm looking forward to the opportunity to learn from my peers, make new friends, and seek out potential partnerships for writing and research. Over the years, most of my research projects and publications can be traced back to a discussion at an AHRD conference. The same goes for most of the names in my Christmas card list, contacts in my phone, and non-relatives that I hug when meeting again.

If this will be your first AHRD conference, I encourage you to dive in, speak with as many people as you can, attend a variety of sessions, and look for ways to volunteer in support of your new community. I did that for the first time back in 1997, and I keep coming back. I hope you will, too.

As for the rest of the amazing things about AHRD conferences, I'd like to save you from skimming pages of words now, and would rather just tell you everything in person, in San Antonio. Why not come up to me at the conference, and prove to me that you read this by sharing a special code word, "pineapple". It will be our special way of connecting!

I genuinely hope to see you there, to catch up with you, spend time together over a beverage of our choosing, and continue our longstanding journey together towards advancing HRD through research and scholarly practice. What could be more important, or more enjoyable? See you in Texas!

Message from the President

By Wendy E.A. Ruona, AHRD President

How Will We Respond?

A Letter from Wendy Ruona, President of the Academy of Human Resource Development

In the few days after the U.S. President's Executive Order on January 27 on Immigration and Refugees, a few concerned AHRD members reached out to me and/or Board Members urging AHRD to respond.

We had already taken steps to ensure that anyone who was to be a part of the upcoming 2017 International Research Conference in the Americas and could not travel to Texas due to the Executive Order would not be negatively affected. We placed a message on the conference website reiterating our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and prepared to care for these conference participants by arranging for them to present their accepted paper virtually, refund conference registration fees, etc.

However, for some this was insufficient, and these members urged AHRD to express our criticism of this Executive Order. AHRD has no formal policy that outlines whether we should or should not take political stands or engage in political advocacy. Nor is there a precedent for this type of action. It quickly became clear that the role of an organization such as AHRD during moments like these is ambiguous (at least to some, including myself) and complex. Thus, last week AHRD Board Members began a process to thoughtfully consider whether AHRD can and should engage in political advocacy as related to our mission and the ethics we espouse (see our Standards on Ethics and Integrity on the AHRD website) and, if so, how. Member input into these important questions is critical, so I encourage you to share your perspectives with any of the AHRD Board Members via email or at the upcoming conference (either at the Annual AHRD Business Meeting during lunchtime on Saturday or informally throughout the conference) so that the Board can best represent the will of its members.

We're clearly in the midst of a dramatic shift in political dynamics in the United States that will likely have far-reaching impacts within our country as well as globally. What gives me great hope for the future is what some have characterized as an equally dramatic awakening of the citizenry. People in record numbers are rising—finding their voices and organizing to use their power to affect change—and, in the process, I believe we are defining what activism means for this time.
While the AHRD Board takes the time necessary to hear from members like you and to critically reflect on its role in the broader political and societal landscape, I heed the sage advice of activists before us to act from where you can, when you can, and in any way you can. I do so in my role as President of AHRD and firmly anchored in AHRD's mission; and I ask myself and each of you an even more important question than what AHRD can do to respond—that is, what can WE do to respond?

After all, AHRD is the community we cultivate to further our shared aim of leading HRD through research. So, with that in mind, I find myself asking the following questions—and invite you to engage in this inquiry with me and with the Board:

  • What can we offer to each other that will help to increase our individual and collective capacity to be tempered radicals (Myerson, 1995) or credible activists who generate and utilize scholarship to foster change in the spaces we influence?
  • How can we, together, amplify our dialogue, critique, and learning about the complex issues emerging nationally and internationally?
  • What HRD-related theories, processes, and practices need more research and theory-building to shape the broader dialogue? How can this work be supported?

In the short term, one way I've sought to answer these challenging questions is to simply to begin. That is, begin doing things that I hope can contribute to these aims in the ways I can. I've engaged in different conversations with trusted colleagues. I've explored potential ideas for various sub-groups within AHRD to organize and stimulate our broader community. And, I’m excited to promote a special session on Saturday afternoon at our upcoming conference featuring AHRD members that marched in the Women's March on Washington or one of the Sister Marches worldwide who will share about their experiences and insights and gather to facilitate exploration of acts that further the unity principles outlined by march organizers. I also hope conference attendees will be sure to participate in the keynote address at the conference that features Jennifer Brown, author of Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change for stimulating ideas that are particularly timely and relevant for the change-makers we all need to be.

Finally, at least for now, one of the ways I begin is to turn to you, AHRD members, and ask. . . how can we engage our AHRD community to stimulate, foster, and support each other to "activate" and respond through our scholarship, research, teaching, and service? And what will YOU do to begin to make that happen?

I'm standing by for, and looking forward to, your answers to these questions!

News for Members

2017 Asia AHRD Conference in India on Nov. 8-10, 2017: Change in Submission Dates and Call for Papers and Reviewers

Date Change

Please note that the Submission dates have changed as noted below:

  • May 1, 2017 – Extended Abstracts (1,200-1,500 words) due for full & WIP papers (must include Research Methodology description)
  • July 1, 2017 – Acceptance of Extended Abstracts
  • August 15, 2017 – Full Paper and Work-in-Process Submissions Due
  • September 15, 2017 – Revision Comments Notifications Sent
  • October 5, 2017 – Camera-Ready Papers Due
  • October 15, 2017 – Final Program Published

Here is the Conference website:

The changed dates are on the AHRD webpage as well:

Call for Papers and Call for Reviewers

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.

Call for Papers and Conference Website Links:
2017 Asia AHRD Conference in India Call for Papers

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.

To make the Conference truly a partnership, AHRD is seeking volunteer reviewers for the submitted manuscripts. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to review for this conference.

We are still seeking additional reviewers. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer—we promise a reasonable number of manuscripts to review —please contact Rajashi Ghosh at to express your interest; 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!

Rajashi Ghosh
AHRD Coordinator
2017 AHRD Conference in Asia

Call for Authors for Central Asian Women in Leadership

We are working on a book proposal on Central Asian Women in Leadership (Co-Editors: Dinara Seitova and Gary N. McLean) with publisher Palgrave Macmillan. It is a part of the Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership book series (co-editors: Yonjoo Cho, Rajashi Ghosh, Judy Sun, and Gary N. McLean), with the support of three Asian HRD SIGs (Special Interest Groups): Korea, China, and India of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD). The book will provide a comprehensive understanding of authors' perspectives, including current status, and barriers, challenges, and opportunities women leaders are facing in Central Asia. Additionally, we will cover sector and international perspectives, and discuss convergence and divergence in practice, sector, and international perspectives.

This book has critical implications for the development of women leaders in Central Asia, providing insights into developing the potential of highly qualified and talented women in organizational settings in this rapidly changing region where traditional cultural expectations and modernized values co-exist. Our discussion will provide the possibility to see what has not been exposed from a dominant Western perspective on women in leadership and will identify lessons learned from Central Asian perspectives. Each chapter will present a comprehensive perspective of the topic that will include a literature review, including indigenous and local-language references, and authors' observations.

We are inviting you to express your interest in participating in this book project. Please email both of us by March 10 (Fri), midnight EST time, at and and provide us with a paragraph of no more than 150 words to indicate your expertise and, in rank order, up to your top 3 interests in which you wish to participate based on the tentative book outline below.

Note that the outlined chapter titles are temporary ones, indicating the content and book structure, in general, not the actual title. You are welcome to submit your chapter title based on your interest, and, if selected, you are free to change this, with our input, as we move forward. Also, expressing interest for 3 chapters does not imply that you would be expected to write 3 chapters. We will allocate chapters in a manner that balances your interest with our need of finding an author or authors for every chapter noted in the outline. Our preference is to have each chapter co-authored to represent varied perspectives. If you are willing to co-author a chapter and have a preferred partner, please indicate who the team will be and provide the 150-word description of your backgrounds for each of you. If you do not have a partner in mind, but you are willing to co-author, please let us know, as there will be others in a similar situation, and we will help match co-authors, with the approval of both parties.

Additionally, please forward this information to people who might be interested in the book topic. We welcome perspectives from scholars and practitioners, male and female, and those from Central Asia and those outside who know the Central Asian situation well. No abstracts are required at this time. We will make a decision by late March about the participating authors and their chapters. At that point, we will invite you to submit a short abstract that we can include in our proposal to the publisher.

The deadline for the submission of the first draft of the book chapters is tentatively November 2017. You may contact either of us if you would like more information. We are so excited to be working on this project and look forward to working with many of you in the successful completion of the book project!

Dinara Seitova
Assistant Professor
KIMEP University
Republic of Kazakhstan

Gary N. McLean
McLean Global Consulting, Inc.
Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota

Tentative Chapter Outline for Central Asian Women in Leadership
Dinara Seitova and Gary N. McLean, Editors

Chapter 1: Historical and Cultural Overview: Women in Central Asia (Dinara Seitova)
Geography of Central Asia
History of Central Asia as a Region
Status of Women in Central Asia
Cultural Similarities and Differences among Countries of Central Asia
Role of International Corporations in Central Asia
Role of International Non-governmental Organizations in Central Asia
Overview of the Book

Chapter 2: Republic of Kazakhstan
Roles of Women in a Socio-Cultural Context
Government-Led Initiatives: Educational Opportunities and Employment Perspectives
Government Sector
Education Sector: Academia and Science
Corporate Sector
Family/Small Business
Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations
Arts and Mass Media
Current Status of Women Leaders in Kazakhstan: Challenges and Opportunities
Recommendations for Improved Practice and Future Research

Chapter 3: Republic of Kyrgyzstan
Roles of Women in a Socio-Cultural Context

Government-Led Initiatives: Educational Opportunities and Employment Perspectives
Government Sector
Education Sector: Academia and Science
Corporate Sector
Family/Small Business
Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations
Arts and Mass Media
Current Status of Women Leaders in Kyrgyzstan: Challenges and Opportunities
Recommendations for Improved Practice and Future Research

Chapter 4: Republic of Uzbekistan
Roles of Women in a Socio-Cultural Context

Government-Led Initiatives: Educational Opportunities and Employment Perspectives
Government Sector
Education Sector: Academia and Science
Corporate Sector
Family/Small Business
Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations
Arts and Mass Media
Current Status of Women Leaders in Uzbekistan: Challenges and Opportunities
Recommendations for Improved Practice and Future Research

Chapter 5: Republic of Tajikistan
Roles of Women in a Socio-Cultural Context

Government-Led Initiatives: Educational Opportunities and Employment Perspectives
Government Sector
Education Sector: Academia and Science
Corporate Sector
Family/Small Business
Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations
Arts and Mass Media
Current Status of Women Leaders in Tajikistan: Challenges and Opportunities
Recommendations for Improved Practice and Future Research

Chapter 6: Republic of Turkmenistan
Roles of Women in a Socio-Cultural Context

Government-Led Initiatives: Educational Opportunities and Employment Perspectives
Government Sector
Education Sector: Academia and Science
Corporate Sector
Family/Small Business
Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organizations
Arts and Mass Media
Current Status of Women Leaders in Turkmenistan: Challenges and Opportunities
Recommendations for Improved Practice and Future Research

Chapter 7: Voices of Central Asian Women Leaders: Constraints and Strategies
Themed Interviews with Women Leaders across Central Asia

Chapter 8: Central Asian Women's Leadership: Prospectives on Future Civil Society
What Is Civil Society?
Current Status
Future Possibilities

Chapter 9: Central Asia Women's Leadership in a Global Context: Convergences and Divergences (Gary N. McLean)
Convergences across Central Asia
Divergences across Central Asia
Comparisons in an International Context
Recommendations to Improve Practices
Recommendations for Future Research

NOTE: We are open to having prospective authors propose other topics that are relevant.

UFHRD Teaching & Learning Prize 2017

The University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) is an international association for universities, reflective practitioners and learning-oriented organisations. The Forum's mission is to create, develop and inform HRD theories and practices through research, learning and teaching, and practitioner-informed inquiry. More information about the forum is available on the Website:

The UFHRD Programme and Qualification Activities Committee is delighted to announce a prize of £500 for the best contribution to the UFHRD Teaching & Learning Resource Bank.

The Teaching & Learning Resource Bank is a web-based facility which exists to support UFHRD members and to promote excellence in the teaching of HRD. Contributions to the Resource Bank can include case studies, designs for teaching and learning activities, reusable materials and more.


  • Whilst we are open to many types of submission, all Resources must use the template provided as a cover sheet.
  • Submission of a Resource does not guarantee acceptance for the website or eligibility for the prize. The UFHRD reserves the right to require editorial changes.
  • Supplementary materials, if provided—whether text-based, audio, video or other material—must be in a format suitable for hosting on the UFHRD website's Teaching & Learning Resource Bank.
  • Those submitting resources are responsible for obtaining any copyright clearance that may be required and will be asked to confirm this in writing.
  • Submissions do not need to be anonymised. Submissions can be received and (subject to acceptance) posted on the Teaching & Learning Resource Bank at any time of year up to the deadline.

For examples of previous submissions see

Please submit resources to Dr. Tricia Harrison (Chair, Programme and Qualification Activities Committee), Liverpool Business School, Liverpool,

The last date for submission of a Resource in order to be eligible for the 2017 prize is Friday 7 April 2017.

The prize will be awarded to the Resource that, in the opinion of the judging panel, meets the following criteria most strongly. All of the criteria detailed below are of equal value and they are not weighted. Members of the judging panel will take the criteria in the round:

  • Accessibility (clearly explained, usable by teachers and learners)
  • Innovation (creative and/or imaginative)
  • Enhances or has potential to enhance the student learning experience
  • Draws from and/or focuses on professional practice
  • Makes a contribution to the theory of teaching and learning in relation to HRD
  • Supported with evidence (e.g. through evaluations)
  • Presentation (including readiness for posting on the UFHRD website)

All Resources received by the deadline will be reviewed in the first instance by the Programme and Qualification Activities committee. The committee will nominate a shortlist of up to six Resources for consideration by the judging panel, comprising members of UFHRD Council. The Chair of UFHRD will announce the title and contributor(s) of the winning Resource at the conference and the President of UFHRD will present the prize to the winning contributor(s). More information about the 18th International UFHRD Conference 2017 is available through this link:

The UFHRD Teaching and Learning Resource Bank
Resource Title What is it? (max 1 sentence)
Authors Names and affiliation of those who developed/designed the Teaching & Learning resource
Key Words Up to eight key words (e.g. Diversity; Strategic HRD; Experiential; Case Study)
Context Course/Programme/Module within which the resource operates. Detail here should include level, i.e. 1st year undergraduate; professional/postgraduate; part-time students; distance students; full-time students; work-based learners, etc.
Purpose (Up to two sentences) explaining the main aim/purpose to which resource is directed
How it works Explain here in detail how the resource works. Include all the guidelines a tutor would need to enable them to run the initiative, including resources needed, timings, supporting documentation (see also Appendices below), links to reading, websites, etc. As a guideline this section should be 150-300 words (use appendices if you need to include more information).
Evaluation/Feedback (Optional) Include here any feedback or evaluation data that relate directly to the initiative.
Appendices Include any supporting documentation referenced above, e.g. brief issued to student, full assignment brief

Engaging Research in Practice: Approaching HRD as a Scholar Practitioner

(Recommended by the Scholar-Practitioner SIG)

A Session for HRD Students!

Scholar-practitioners link evidence-based research to day-to-day practice and bring practical insights into research and theory development. Scholar-practitioners ground their practice in research and theory, champion research and theory in the workplace, and disseminate findings from their own research and practice. This professional development workshop will examine what it means to work as a scholar-practitioner and how this philosophical and practical way of working fits within HRD.

This session is appropriate for Master's students, first-time attendees, and anyone whose interest and passion is aligned with becoming a scholar-practitioner. Master's students and faculty bringing students to participate in the Emerging Scholars course are especially encouraged to participate in this session and incorporate it as a part of a class session/experience connected to the conference.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in dialog with experienced scholar-practitioners as well as engage in sample scholar-practitioner projects to build their professional skills. For emerging and current HRD scholar-practitioners who seek opportunities to learn about, connect with, and develop their competencies as scholarly practitioners, this is a "must attend" session for networking, learning, and development.

TAKE 2017 Conference

TAKE 2017 Conference

TAKE 2017 is to be held in the Faculty of Economics of Zagreb, Croatia from 7-9 of July, 2017. Following on the success of TAKE 2016, we ask you to remember that the deadline for submission is February 22, 2017. Submissions should be between 500 and 1000 words, and sent to using the template provided on the website.

TAKE 2017 will be a unique forum to discuss the problems of today's economy. TAKE includes twelve different streams covering major topics in the areas of intangibles like knowledge management, intellectual capital and human resouces development. TAKE 2017 will be managed by 17 scholars from 11 different countries. We can already announce four distinguished Keynote Speakers: Dr. Manfred Bornemann, with a speech on the impact of IC on strategy implementation and change (in the knowledge economy), Prof. Constantin Bratianu on strategic thinking, Prof. Gary McLean on the role of research, and Prof. VelImir Srica on IT management. Also Prof. José Maria Viedma will do a special session on IC management. We also have guaranteed the support of a significant number of academic journals. We have already secured the publication of papers from TAKE 2016 in some journals that supported us—information about this will be on the website soon.

For more information, please visit the Conference website:
Take the Chance and come to TAKE!
We are waiting for you in Zagreb.

The Organizing Team
Eduardo Tomé

Journal News


AHRD Conference in the Americas (March 1-4)

Join us in San Antonio! The HRDQ Editorial Board meeting is Saturday, 7:00-8:30. We also encourage you to attend the following professional development workshop (a joint effort of editors from HRDQ and HRDR):

Promoting Your Individual Research Via Social Media, Saturday, March 4, 1:30-3:00pm, Executive Salon 4

Early View

The following articles have been recently added to HRDQ Early View:

  • Rob Poell – Editorial: Time to "Flip" the Training Transfer Tradition: Employees Create Learning Paths Strategically
  • Timothy Baldwin, J. Kevin Ford and Brian Blume – The State of Transfer of Training Research: Moving Towards Consumer-Centric Inquiry
  • Paula Anthony-McMann, Andrea Ellinger, Marina Astakhova, and Jonathon Halbesleben – Exploring Different Operationalizations of Employee Engagement and Their Relationships with Workplace Stress and Burnout
For all articles on Early View, go to:

Call for Submissions

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. Get more details.

HRDQ Is Open Access

HRDQ now offers the "Gold Open Access" option to authors. Read more.

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HRDR's 15th Anniversary!

In celebration of HRDR's 15th anniversary we will highlight milestones in our publication's history. Follow us on social media for access to photos, articles, and fun facts. We encourage our HRD community to share their favorite HRDR milestones, articles, and celebrate this 15th anniversary using #HRDRturns15 on our social media outlets.

Virtual Special Issue Now Available!

"HRD Beyond Organizations: Collaborative Research for Social Justice" is now available through April 2017.

We are pleased to share with you this latest compilation of themed articles from Human Resource Development Review's archives.

The focus of this selection is on ways that HRD theoretical and conceptual research can support a quest for social justice through the practice of HRD. The articles selected highlight HRD's role in several important issue areas, including workforce development for the working poor, workplace interventions for working mothers, and research, policy and practice for a non-binary gendered workforce.

These areas are increasingly viewed as critically important from a variety of practice perspectives, including labor policy (See Smith and Halpin), maternal health and wellness (See Traister), and workplace policies extending from employees to customers to communications (See Ehren).

All of the articles selected for inclusion in this virtual issue focus on one or more of the profound changes facing the United States in its larger economic, social, political, and environmental context. These larger forces are impacting the workplace and workforce and suggest that HRD scholars should extend their research beyond organizations to create interdisciplinary collaborations with public policy, gender, and public health researchers. When HRD scholars develop these types of sustained research conversations with others, HRD's reach and impact on the workforce and on employees could exponentially increase.

We hope you enjoy this issue's selections.

Julia Storberg-Walker, Editor

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Final Thoughts

By Robin Grenier, Digest Editor

As many of us finalize our plans for the #AHRD2017 Conference in San Antonio, I thought it might be fun to familiarize you with a few Texas phrases to help you feel like a local.

  • If you went through the conference program and picked out a session to attend, you might say, "I could sit still for that."
  • If you were impressed by someone who stood up and bravely spoke their mind at the townhall meeting, you might say, "She'd charge hell with a bucket of ice water."
  • If during the Q&A portion of your session an attendee wants to argue you with you about your research conclusion, you might say, "He's so contrary he floats up-stream."
  • If your advisor suggests you go introduce yourself to a group of attendees, but you're too timid, she might say that you are "standing in the shadow of your mama's apron."
  • If you see our great conference staff working hard and never resting, go ahead and say they are as "busy as a stump-tailed bull in fly season."
  • And, after hearing AHRD President Wendy Ruona speak at the closing banquet, you are likely to say, "this ain't her first rodeo."
So, get gussied up and let's shoot the lights out in San Antonio—see you there!
(For more colorful Texas phrases, see


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  • Robin Grenier, Editor
  • Rajashi Ghosh
  • Ron Jacobs
  • Wendy E.A. Ruona

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