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Elwood F. Holton, III Research Excellence Award

The Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award, named for the first editor of HRDR, is awarded for the outstanding Development Review refereed article in each annual volume.

This is a Journal-sponsored award. Contact the Chairs for more information.

Chair: Yonjoo Cho

Award Decisions to the Office: All awards winners are due back to by Monday – January 13, 2021 at 5:00pm Central time.

Award Criteria

  • New theoretical insights that contribute to and advance the HRD profession
  • Importance of the theoretical/conceptual insight
  • Appropriateness of approach used
  • Thoroughness of contribution
  • Clarity and quality of reporting

Nomination Process

Each committee member will nominate 2 or 3 of all the refereed articles printed in the volume (4 issues) for the award. They will then rate each of the nominated articles using specific criteria under the categories above. The highest rated article will receive the award.

  • committee members consist of members of the Journal’s editorial board

Award Winners


A Review of the Empirical Literature on Meaningful Work: Progress and Research Agenda

  • Catherine Bailey, King’s College London, London, UK
  • Ruth Yeoman, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Adrian Madden, University of Greenwich, London, UK
  • Marc Thompson, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Gary Kerridge, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

An Ecosystems Perspective on International Human Resource Development: A Meta-Synthesis of the Literature

  • Thomas N. Garavan, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
  • Alma McCarthy, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
  • Ronan Carbery, University College Cork, Ireland


“Conceptualizing and Creating Sustainable Careers”   

  • Kimberly S. McDonald, Purdue University Fort Wayne 
  • Linda M. Hite, Purdue University Fort Wayne Human Resource Development Review, 17(4)

“The Psychology of Diversity Resistance and Integration” 

  • Christine A. Wiggins-Romesburg, University of Louisville
  • Rod P. Githens, University of the Pacific Human Resource Development Review, 17(2)


“Pragmatism and Human Resource Development: Practical Foundations for Research, Theory, and Practice” Published in Volume 16, Issue 1, 2017, pp. 60-84

  • Russell Korte, The George Washington University
  • Zachary A. Mercurio, Colorado State University


The Persistence of Working Poor Families in a Changing U.S. Job Market: An Integrative Review of the Literature HRDR 2016 Volume 15, Issue 1

  • Richard J. Torraco, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Skunked: An Integrative Review Exploring the Consequences of the Dysfunctional Leader and Implications for Those Employees Who Work For Them, HRDR 2015 Volume 14, Issue 1, pp. 64-90:

  • Kevin Rose, University of Louisville
  • Brad Shuck, University of Louisville
  • Devon Twyford, University of Louisville
  • Matt Bergman, University of Louisville


Extending theory on job stress: The interaction between the “Other 3 and Big 5” Personality Traits on Job Stress” Human Resource Development Review, 13(1), 79-101

  • Sujit Sur, Dalhousie University
  • Eddy Ng, Dalhousie University


The Jingle Jangle of Employee Engagement: Further Exploration of the Emerging Construct and Implications for Workplace Learning and Performance", HRDR, Volume 12

  • Brad Shuck, University of Louisville
  • Rajashi Ghosh, Drexel University
  • Drea Zigarmi, University of San Diego
  • Kim Nimon, University of North Texas




Reverse Mentoring: A Social Exchange Tool for Keeping the Boomers Engaged and the Millennials Committed

  • Dr. Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, -The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Rajashi Ghosh, Drexel University


The role of reflective practices in building social capital in organizations from an HRD perspective

  • Nakamura, Y.T. & Yorks, L., Human Resources Development Review 10(3), 222-245

Outstanding Reviewer of the Year Award

  • Dr. Rajashi Ghosh, Drexel University


Beyond Self-Interest: Integrating Social Responsibility and Supply Chain Management with Human Resource Development.

  • Wendy Becker
  • Jerry A. Carbo
  • Ian Langella


How Groups Learn: The Role of Communication Patterns, Cue Recognition, Context Facility, and Cultural Intelligence

  • Joyce Silberstang, Adelphi University
  • Manuel London, State University of New York


Toward the Employability-Link Model: Current Employment Transition to Future Employment Perspectives

  • Johannes G. L. Thijssen, Utrecht University
  • Beatrice I. J. M. Van der Heijden,Open University of the Netherlands/University of Twente
  • Tonette S. Rocco, Florida International University


Resurrecting the Motivation-Hygiene Theory: Herzberg and the Positive Psychology Movement

  • Daniel A. Sachau, Minnesota State University


Social Network Analysis in Human Resource Development – A New Methodology

  • John-Paul Hatala, Louisiana State University


The Structure and Function of Attitudes Toward Organizational Change

  • Rune Lines, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration


Toward a Political Economy Model for Comparative Analysis of the Role of Strategic Human Resource Development Leadership

  • Lyle Yorks, Columbia University Teachers College


Toward a Holistic Theory of Knowledge and Adult Learning

  • Baiyin Yang, University of Minnesota


The Concept of Culture in International Comparative HRD Research: Methodological Problems and Possible Solutions

  • Alexandre Ardichvili, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • K. Peter Kuchinke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Award Winners — Best Reviewer of the Year


  • Jill Zarestky, Colorado State University
  • Marilyn Byrd, The University of Oklahoma
  • Fonteini Kravariti, University of Portsmout


  • Maria Cseh, The George Washington University
  • Bob Hamlin, University of Wolverhampton Business School
  • Gary McLean, McLean Global Consulting

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