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August 2013 AHRD Digest
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AHRD Digest

August 2013 AHRD Digest

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From the Board
by Carole Elliott

Opportunities for Members

Member Spotlight
Dr. Jeff M. Allen

Job Openings

News and Notes

Final Thoughts


From the Board

Carole Elliott, VP, Journals and Awards
Durham University Business School


As many of us are working on our papers for the February 2014 AHRD conference (remember the deadline for paper submission is 9th September!), I thought I’d say something about the 14th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe, which took place in June. The conference was hosted by Brighton Business School, University of Brighton. For those of you unfamiliar with the geography of the UK, Brighton is located on the south coast of England and on a clear day you can see across to France.


Nearly 160 delegatesattended the conference, and 64 of those delegates represented institutions from outside the UK. A total of 132 papers were presented across the 17 streams. Similar to the Americas conference, a number of prizes are awarded each year. The Alan Moon prize for best conference paper was awarded to Mark Hughes and Stephen Reeve (University of Brighton) for their paper ‘Employee engagement, programmatic change and organizational development: Bermuda Triangle or Golden Triangle’. The University Forum for HRD teaching and learning prize (a prize that AHRD members can also nominate themselves for) was awarded to Professor Jamie Callahan (Drexel University) for her submission entitled ‘Learning to become Critical: The Courageous Resistance project’. The materials for this submission are located in the ‘Teaching and Learning Resource Bank’, available on UFHRD’s website.


Those of you who couldn’t attend the conference, but are curious about the papers that were presented, these will be available in the Conference Archives section of the UHFRD website in September.


Next year’s International Conference on HRD Research and Practice, co-sponsored by UFHRD and AHRD, will be held hosted by Napier Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, from 4th to the 6th June 2014. See the conference website for more details: We look forward to seeing you there!


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Opportunities for Members

Reminder to Submit Your Paper for the 2014 AHRD Annual Conference in Houston, TX.

The deadline to submit is September 9th. Please access the submission website here.


The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD, or "The Academy") is the leading professional association for advancing HRD through research and the application of research to practice. The Academy is celebrating its 21st annual conference in 2014 in Houston, Texas from Thursday, February 20th to Saturday, February 22nd. AHRD is an inclusive organization and invites all those who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on the scholarly journey. The conference program promises to include leading scholars and senior-level practitioners reporting their cutting-edge research, providing opportunities for all to learn and network.


This year's conference theme is "Leading the Human Resource Development Field through Research." The theme represents the unique role of AHRD as the preeminent professional organization representing scholars and thoughtful leaders seeking to foster more effective learning and performance in the workplace. The program will be comprised of blind, peer-reviewed submissions that offer a diverse range of topics, perspectives, and research paradigms. In addition to the traditional peer-reviewed categories ofpapers, abstracts, and posters, this year the conference will include several research panels that bring together senior scholars to discuss their most recent work and thinking. The panels provide excellent opportunities for bringing together scholars to engage in both formal and informal interactions about topics of mutual interest


A printable copy of the complete Call for Papers can be found here. The conference planning team is looking forward to receiving your scholarly contributions. For more information on the conference, please visit Conference Central for important details on the conference.


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AHRD: HRD India SIG Webcast

Expatriate Perspectives on Global Leadership and Leading across the Boundaries of India and US

Date: Thursday, Sept. 5th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. until Noon, EST

Please note:All Webcasts are limited to 95 registrants. Webcasts are free for AHRD members. Nonmembers may attend for $25.


Session Description:

The increasing demand for global leadership is widely acknowledged as a critical factor for helping organizations perform effectively across cultures and geographical boundaries. It is therefore, surprising to note that 85% of organizations have reported deficit in appropriate leadership competencies and skills required for operating in global environments (Manning, 2003). Suutari (2002) contends that only 8% of Fortune 500 firms have comprehensive global leadership programs. From a HRD standpoint, these studies suggest that expatriate and cross-cultural leadership competencies are important and should be examined in more depth.


This webcast will discuss scholar and practitioner perspectives on cross-cultural leadership competencies that are critical for operating in a global environment. Our invited panelists Allen Meyer and Nitin Malik will share their experiences of operating in a culture different from their own. In addition, they will also share their views of effective leadership in two very different cultures (U.S. and India) and the accompanying opportunities and challenges to help us develop a richer understanding of the leadership process. In addition to these practitioner insights, we present preliminary findings from an ongoing study on this topic. We combine practitioner insights with theory and research to discuss ways for identifying a wide range of HRD initiatives for the global workplace.


Session Facilitators:

  • Meera Alagaraja, University of Louisville
  • Sanghamitra (Sonai) Chaudhuri, Ohio State University

Guest Panelists:

  • Allen Meyer, Senior Director, Oracle Retail Global Business Unit, MN
    Nitin Malik, Director - Customer Strategy and Pricing, Cardinal Health, OH.


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Member Spotlight

jeffDr. Jeff M. Allen

Jeff Allen is a professor of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas and serves as the Director of the Center for Knowledge Solutions. The mission of the center is "to generate, integrate, and disseminate knowledge solutions through learning and performance innovation for business and education.” He has been a member of AHRD since 1994, and during that time has served in numerous volunteer positions. Jeff has been both a presenter and paper reviewer for the AHRD Conference in the Americas. He is also a regular attendee and contributor to the AHRD International Research Conference in Asia. He is currently serving as the chair of Faculty Learning and Development and a member of the Program Excellence Network (PEN). Jeff further feels that the Academy’s connection between present and future scholars and scholar practitioner is an important to the health and longevity of the organization.

Jeff notes Academy of Human Resource Development Estes Park, Colorado conference in 2005 as a memorable moment as the Academy changed from infancy to a mature organization. The fellowship of faculty, students, and practitioner was fully evident in the mountains of Colorado with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Currently, Jeff is re-reading Primal Leadership Learning to Lead With Emotional Intelligence as well as re-reading Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction, Gone for Soldiers, about the Mexican-American war.


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Job Openings

1) The Human Resource Development MS degree program in the Psychology Department at Towson University invites qualified individuals to apply for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Human Resource Development, beginning August 2014 and contingent on funding.


Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2013; the search will continue until the position is filled.

For more information go to


2) University of Minnesota (College of Education and Human Development; Department of Organizational Leadership and Development) - Assistant/Associate Professor of Human Resource Development College: Education and Human Development Department: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development


The position is at the assistant or associate professor level. Hire with tenure at the associate professor rank is possible if the successful candidate can demonstrate a record of scholarship that meets the criteria for tenure at the University of Minnesota.

The successful candidate will be appointed to a full-time, 9 month position starting August 25, 2014. Summer employment is a possibility, but is neither guaranteed nor required.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.


For additional information about job openings, check out the Career Opportunities page on the AHRD website.



Job ads are posted for 90 days and are available to all members and non-members visiting the AHRD website.

Cost of posting:
Members - $25.00
Non-members - $100.00
PEN Members - FREE

If you have any questions, please contact us at


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News and Notes

  • BLOGGERS needed: It is an Academy of HRD Faculty Learning and Development SIG goal to have faculty (and future faculty) blog about topics related to Faculty Learning and Development. Be creative and share your insights on teaching, scholarship and life in academia. Please contact Katie Rosenbusch at for a time slot - YES, there are slots available. Talk to your peers about successes, failures and issues that you have had - it will take a few hours of your time and yet your contribution may be the key to another person's successful career!
  • Satish Pandey’s first book (an edited volume with Prof. D. M. Pestonjee) has been published by Sage Publications and is now available. The Foreword of the book is written by Prof. Cary L. Cooper, Lancaster University (a known scholar in the field of Stress Management) and the book is also critically appreciated by Prof. Alexandre Ardichvili, University of Minnesota; Prof. James Campbell (Jim Quick), The University of Texas, Austin; and Dr. Paula Borough, Director, Social & Organizational Psychology Unit, Griffith University, Australia.

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Final Thoughts

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