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December Digest



December 2013 AHRD Digest

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From the Board
by Khalil Dirani
VP of Webcasts & Conferences (International)


Opportunities for Members


Hot Off the Presses

Board Elections


The 12th AHRD Asia Conference in Retrospect
Professor Yi-Chun Lin, National Taiwan Normal University

Job Openings


News and Notes


Research Requests


Final Thoughts



From the Board

Khalil Dirani, VP of Webcasts & Conferences (International)

Global AHRD Conference Strategy

As I sit down to write this month’s From the Board section for the AHRD Digest, I have several HRD-related topics on my mind. One topic in particular, Global AHRD presence, kept popping up in my head and thus I decided to write about it. So, here is a quick overview of what I’ve been working on for the past few months as a "new AHRD board member”.


One task the AHRD Board charged my fellow colleague, Rajashi Ghosh, and me to work on is a proposal for a New Global AHRD Conference Strategy. The hope is that such an initiative would start a conversation and eventually lead the AHRD Board to implement a three-year global AHRD conference(s) strategy. If successful, such initiative would result in a major strategic shift for the Academy and would have a significant impact on AHRD's direction for the next decade.


Rajashi and I reached out and conducted interviews with several key individuals who have been central to AHRD’s global conference work over the last few years. We formed a better idea on the current state of our AHRD conference models (Americas, European, and Asian) and obtained critical input on specific issues related to each of the current models. To make a long story short, we submitted a proposal to the AHRD Board including our findings and recommendations. In summary, we are in the process of starting the conversation for implementing a global AHRD conference strategy.


What I want to stress here is that any strategy, no matter how worthy it is, would never work without the human resources to carry it out. So, I want to send out a thank-you to all our AHRD volunteers, whose motivation is just their passion for the field, and without their work nothing gets done. And a special thank-you to the AHRD Conference team; this team is working tirelessly, especially during the holidays, to make sure our upcoming conference is flawless.


Happy Holidays!


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Opportunities for Members

2014 AHRD International Conference in the Americas

Registration is now open! The 21st Annual Conference will be held in Houston, Texas, from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22. Registration is now open and information on travel, lodging, and fees, as well as a preliminary schedule are available here.

Session Host Volunteers Wanted

We are seeking volunteers to host 88 sessions, including Breakout Sessions and Research Roundtable Sessions (works-in-progress) for the 21st Annual AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas in Houston, TX. Presentations for the above-mentioned sessions will begin on Thursday, February 20 at 3 pm, continue on Friday and end at 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. Each session will feature three presentations. One facilitator (Session Host) will be present in each room or session. Session Host Training will be held on Thursday from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. and is mandatory. Download the 2014 Conference Session Host Resources for your reference.


Please respond to this request by completing the form below to indicate which time(s) you would be available to serve no later than January 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., (Central Standard Time). Please note that assignments will be made on a first-come first-served basis. Click Here to Sign Up to Be a Session Host . If you have any questions, we are happy to assist.


Please contact Program Chair Julie Gedro personally if you need any help.

Emerging Research Course at 2014 Conference in the Americas

The Emerging Research Course will once again be offered in conjunction with the 2014 AHRD International Research Conference in the Americas. This course is offered as a pre-conference experience specifically for graduate students involved in HRD programs. Students in this course will examine the role of research in HRD, emerging themes in HRD research, criteria for evaluating research in HRD, critique of past and future conference presentations, and the role of professionalism and professional organizations in HRD.


This course is offered in association with the conference; however, graduate students must work with faculty at their "home” university to earn course credit for the experience and additional work with an instructor at your university is required to earn a full 3 credits for the experience. In the past, 15-20 universities have participated in any given year. If you’re interested in this course and you are currently enrolled in an academic program that supports your participation in the Emerging Research course, contact the designated instructor of your university. If your institution is not currently supporting the AHRD Emerging Research Course, either 1) contact a faculty member at your institution to determine if he or she would support your involvement in the course as part of a directed study or research-related project for academic credit OR 2) contact the AHRD Emerging Research Course coordinators, Dr. Consuelo Waight at the University of Houston ( and Dr. Jia Wang at Texas A&M University (


Students, be sure to register for the Emerging Research class at the AHRD website—and be sure to register for both the full conference and the Emerging Research course (a separate fee). Students are expected to attend all class meetings and attend the full conference—due to the experiential learning that occurs, there are no exceptions to this attendance requirement. Students must also arrange their own transportation and arrive in Houston by the start time of the course. For other important pre-conference logistics, please contact the course instructor at your institution and/or see the AHRD website.


Faculty members, if your University would like to participate in this experience this year, please contact Dr. Waight or Dr. Wang (emails above).


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Hot Off the Presses

  • Check out the latest forthcoming articles scheduled to appear in print in Human Resource Development Review at Frequently, articles appearing in Online First appear many months before they come out in print and this page is updated frequently with new articles as they are processed. Get an early look at the latest conceptual, historical, and theoretical trends being discussed in the field of HRD! And, stay tuned for our quarterly updates (March, June, September, and December) on the Tables of Contents for current issues ( or sign up for your very own personalized TOC alerts at
  • The Human Resource Development Quarterly editorial team is pleased to present a preview of the content of 25(1) which will be published on March 17, 2014. 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

Editorial: Celebrating 25 Years of HRD Scholarship: Happy Silver AnniversaryHuman Resource Development Quarterly! Andrea D. Ellinger, The University of Texas at Tyler

Invited Feature Article:What Do the Next 25 Years Hold for HRD Research in Areas of Our Interest? Darlene Russ-Eft, Oregon State University, Karen Watkins, University of Georgia, Victoria Marsick, Teacher’s College Columbia University, Ronald Jacobs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gary N. McLean, McLean Global Consulting, Inc.This invited feature article presents the perspectives of five highly recognized and influential HRD Scholars who are also past and present leaders within the Academy of Human Resource Development. These scholars were asked to reflect on the past and present of research in an area of their interest and expertise and they have each offered projections for the next 25 years of HRD Research in their respective areas.



Informal Workplace Learning in Austrian Banks: The Influence of Learning Approach, Leadership Style, and Organizational Learning Culture on Managers' Learning Outcomes.Dominik Fröhlich, Maastricht University, Mien Segers, Maastricht University, Piet Van den Bossche, Maastricht University and University of Antwerp
Informal workplace learning takes an increasingly focal role in human resource development practice and research, as it contributes to organizations' adaptability and competitiveness. However, little is known about how individual managers' approaches to learning and contextual influences such as leadership and organizational learning culture influence learning outcomes. This study narrows these gaps by examining the relationship between learning approaches, experienced leadership style, organizational learning culture, and learning outcomes among 143 Austrian bank managers in a cross-sectional, quantitative questionnaire study. Results show that the choice of learning approach significantly affects several conceptualizations of learning outcome. Moreover, we have found that learning approaches partially mediate the effects of experienced leadership style on learning outcomes. Also, organizational learning culture moderates the effects of leadership style and learning approaches. These findings call for further research of the process and outcome of informal workplace learning and imply a need for greater awareness of both individuals' learning approaches and contextual influences of the learning process in practice.

Assessing the Impact of Managerial Coaching on Employee Work-related Outcomes. Sewon Kim, SUNY Empire State


The present study investigated relationships between managerial coaching behavior and employee role clarity, attitude, and performance-related responses. Using data from a sample of 234 South Korean employees, structural equation modeling analysis was conducted to test the hypothesized conceptual model. The results found support for the proposed model and core structural relations, such that managerial coaching had a direct impact on employee role clarity and satisfaction with work and an indirect impact on satisfaction with work, organization commitment, and job performance. Implications of these results for theory and practice and directions for future research are discussed.


The Organizational Context and Performance Implications of Human Capital Investment Variability. Mousumi Bhattacharya, Charles F. Dolan School of Business Fairfield University, D. Harold Doty, The University of Texas at Tyler, Thomas Garavan, Kemmy Business School, The University of Limerick


In contrast to the traditional focus of HRD on human capital accumulations, we examine the issue of variability in

human capital investment. Drawing on Real Options theory we theorize that larger firms and firms that are faced with greater organizational risk will create a greater number of options in terms of human capital investment decisions resulting over time in greater variability in labor costs. Based on a large sample of U.S. firms and longitudinal data, we found that labor cost variability was positively related to organizational risk and firm size, but negatively related to capital intensity. These relationships were significant even after controlling for employment variability. Overall we found that in the long term, firms with greater variability in labor costs achieved better performance. Implications for strategic HRD theory and practice are discussed.


Forum: Strengthening Your Submissions to HRDQ: Advice from the Managing Editor.Mary Lynn Lunn,The University of Texas at Tyler


This Forum piece is intended to offer some practical and prescribed guidelines for submitting manuscripts to HRDQ. This advice from the HRDQ Managing Editor is shared in order to help clarify the contributor guidelines and improve the chances of submissions, of both new and previous contributors, being placed under review at HRDQ. This article explains the peer-review process and describes the characteristics of a successful submission.


Media Review: Taking the Liberty of Incivility: Workplace Bullying in Higher Education. Jamie Lee Gloor, University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration, Zurich, Switzerland


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Board Elections

The AHRD Board elections are now official. The Nominations & Elections Committee certified that 147 valid ballots were cast in the recent AHRD Board election. This year’s election was for the AHRD President-elect and for three Board vacancies (to replace the three members whose terms expire in February). Wendy Ruona (University of Georgia) was elected President-elect. Wendy has a long history with AHRD going back over 16 years, and has served AHRD in many different capacities. She will serve as President-elect in 2014-15, and then as President for two years starting in February 2016. The three Board vacancies were filled by Jeff Allen (University of North Texas), Julie Gedro (Empire State College, SUNY), and Holly Hutchins (University of Houston). As Wendy Ruona is a serving Board member, her election as President-elect opens up a vacancy on the Board, and Ellen Scully-Ross (The George Washington University) will serve the third year of Wendy’s Board term.


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The 12th AHRD Asia Conference in Retrospect

Professor Yi-Chun Lin, National Taiwan Normal University


The 12th International Conference of the Asia Chapter of the Academy of Human Resource Development hosted by the Graduate Institute of International Human Resource Development, National Taiwan Normal University, was attended by 200 people in Taipei, Taiwan. It attracted submissions from Human Resource professionals, practitioners and graduate students which were reviewed by renowned HR scholars and experts and resulted in 100 papers being accepted for publication. The AHRD Asia conference provided a forum for scholars, experts, professionals and students alike to share and engage in academic discussions about latest research findings, best practices, and theoretical developments in the field of HRD.


Without doubt, the conference was a tremendous success. However, this could not have been achieved without the attendees, the presenters, the keynote speakers, the organizers and above all, the valuable contributions of our sponsors, including Association for Cross-cultural Training, ETS TOEIC Taiwan-Chun Shin Limited, National Science Council, Bureau of Foreign Trade, Department of Information and Tourism, Council of Labor Affairs, TBI Motion Technology, TaiwanICDF, and Pan Asia HRM & Consulting Corp. Their support made an impact to the success of this conference.


Fantastic venue at Regent Taipei, delicious food, extraordinary participants, great organizers, generous sponsors, rare networking opportunities!!! A great combination which translated into success! In short, "Contacts are made and deals born in the hallways at the best conferences," and this was certainly achieved at the just-ended 12th International Conference (Asia Chapter).


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Job Openings

1) Associate/Full Professor, Graduate Dept of Ed Leadership and ISD


  • Earned PhD in Instructional Design, Instructional Technology or related field-Demonstrated ability to teach graduate courses in Instructional Design and Instructional Technology, including emerging technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and direct masters and doctoral research projects
  • Record of and potential for scholarship, research, and grants/contracts
  • Record of participation in the profession

More information may be found here.

2) Assistant Professor, Rochester institute of Technology, Dept. of Service Systems

Brief Job Description:

RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) International Hospitality and Service Management Department of Service Systems is currently seeking applications from exceptional candidates for a tenure track position at the assistant professor rank to teach in the Human Resource Development graduate program via traditional classroom and distance learning formats.

More information may be found here.

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

  • AHRD’s Program Excellence Network: Join Now for Great Benefits in 2014
    Faculty in programs in HRD, if your academic program is not currently participating in AHRD’s Program Excellence Network (PEN), you are missing some great opportunities for development and knowledge-sharing among your peer institutions. We hope you’ll consider joining PEN for 2014. Join more than 25 institutions – share your successes, get new ideas, connect with your peers! PEN is a network of academic programs committed to strengthening HRD academic programs and promoting excellence in teaching HRD. It provides a forum for its members to explore, learn, and work together to shape the future direction of HRD education. If your academic program would like to join PEN, now is the time to do it! PEN is revving up for its annual meeting that will be a pre-conference experience prior to the 2014 Conference in the Americas. That meeting will be held Wednesday, February 19, 1-5 p.m., and Thursday, February 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.. The program includes at least one-half day of professional development as well as time for structured information-sharing and networking between the programs. There’s also an informal dinner that evening for all meeting attendees. The cost of this meeting is included in PEN membership dues (which run from January-December) for one representative from your program; additional faculty from member programs may attend for an additional low cost. PEN membership includes many more benefits in addition to the annual meeting. To learn more visit: and/or contact Wendy Ruona (

  • AHRD Board Member Heads to Iceland
    Robin Grenier has begun a 6-month position as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik. While there, Robin will teach two courses in the Museum Studies Program and conduct research in the area of adult learning in museums.

  • Photographer Opportunity Available
    The Conference Committee is looking for a member who is interested in taking professional photos at the conference. Complimentary conference registration will be offered in exchange for your service. We ask that photos are taken at the Friday night awards presentation, Saturday night reception and banquet and throughout the conference at various sessions and other conference events. Requirements: You will be required to bring your own camera. Photos must be sent to the AHRD office on a CD following the conference by Friday, March 7. Email if you are interested in this opportunity.

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Research Requests

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

Exploring Faculty Experiences and Coping Skills of Imposter Phenomenon

Have you ever had the experience of feeling like a fraud, or wondering when others would "discover” you are not really as smart, or confident, or able as they think you are? If so, you might have experienced "imposter phenomenon,” described as having fraudulent thoughts and experiencing difficulty internalizing success by attributing accomplishments to luck, supportive colleagues or other external sources.


My name is Holly M. Hutchins and I am an associate professor of human resource development at the University of Houston. I am recruiting higher education faculty to participate in a study exploring their experiences with imposter phenomenon. My research into this area will explore the extent to which higher education faculty experience imposter phenomena thoughts, how these relate to individual work performance, stress and satisfaction and the type and frequency of coping attempts they use to address imposter thoughts.


Imposter phenomenon is thought to be prevalent among early career professionals, especially in competitive and demanding careers (like higher education), but a study examining how this relates to stress, performance, and satisfaction has not been conducted using a faculty sample. I expect the results to elucidate not only the existence of imposter phenomenon among faculty, effects on performance and subsequent coping strategies, but also add to the limited HRD research examining faculty development.


The following link will take you directly to the survey. The survey will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to complete:


This study has been approved by the University of Houston IRB. Please direct any questions to Dr. Holly M. Hutchins (; 713-743-4059). Any questions regarding your rights as a research subject may also be addressed to the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (713-743-9204).


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Final Thoughts

As this year draws to a close, we wish you season’s greetings and all the best in 2014!

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