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Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award

The Monica M. Lee Research Excellence Award, named for the first editor of Human Resource Development International, is awarded for the outstanding article in each annual volume of the journal.

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

Chair: (HRDI Editor) Jessica Li

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

Award Criteria

  • Contribution to the HRD profession
  • Practical and/or theoretical importance of the problem
  • Extent to which the case, arguments, and/or results justify the conclusions
  • Quality of the reporting

Nomination Process

Each committee member will nominate 2 or 3 of all the refereed articles printed in the volume (5 issues) for the award. Each will then rate the nominated articles using specific criteria. The highest-ranked article will receive the award.

  • Committee members are past editors and selected members of the Journal’s editorial board

Award Winners


Practitioner research for the professionalization of human resources practice: empirical data from the Netherlands – Volume 22, Issue 1

  • Luca Lopes de Leao Laguna, CAREM, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Rob Poell, Department of Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands
  • Martha Meerman, CAREM, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


“Advancing National Human Resource Development Research: Suggestions for Multilevel Investigations” HRDI Issue 22.4

  • Thomas Garavan, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Jia Wang, Texas A&M University
  • Gerri Matthews-Smith, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Bharani Nagarathnam, Texas A&M University
  • Yanqing Lai, Edinburgh Napier University


“Supporting Staff through Stressful Organizational Change” HRDI, Vol. 20 (4)

  • Roy K. Smollan, Aut Business School, Auckland University of Technology


Team creativity versus team learning: Transcending conceptual boundaries to inspire future framework building. HRDI, Vol. 19 (1)

  • Anne Boon, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Katrien Vangrieken, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Filip Dochy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Connection, value, and growth: how employees with different national identities experience a geocentric organizational culture of a global corporation, HRDI, Vol. 18, No. 1: 39-57

  • Maria S. Plakhotnik, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • Tonette S. Rocco, Florida International University
  • Joshua C. Collins, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Hilary Landorf, Florida International University



HRD research and design science: recasting interventions as artefacts, Issue 17(2), HRDI

  • Eugene Sadler-Smith, University of Surrey, UK

1st Runner Up

Exploring excellence in leadership perceptions amongst South African managers, Issue 17(1), HRDI

  • Samir Shrivastava, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Christopher Selvarajah, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Denny Meyer, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
  • Nirmala Dorasamy, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa

2nd Runner Up

Exploring the relationship between discourse and a practice perspective on HRD in a virtual environment, Issue 17(2), HRDI

  • Peter Evans, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

2013 (Volume 17)

Mobilizing organizational alignment through strategic human resource development, Human Resource Development International, 16:1, 74-93.

  • Meera Alagaraja, University of Louisville

2012 (Volume 16)

2011 (Volume 15)

HRD and Sustainability: Beyond Sustainable Organizations

  • Ellen Scully-Russ, The George Washington University

2010 (Volume 14)

Criteria for assessing theory in human resource development from an interpretive perspective

  • Lincoln, Yvonna
  • Lynham, Susan

2009 (Volume 13)

All work and no play? Work centrality and role stress of mid-level managers in the United States, Brazil, and Korea

  • Kuchinke, K. P.
  • Cornachione, E.
  • Oh, S.-Y.
  • Kang, H.-S.

2008 (Volume 12)

Desperately seeking alignment: Reflections of senior line managers and HRD executives

  • Valerie Anderson, Portsmouth Business School, United Kingdom

2007 (Volume 11)

Human Resource Development Practice: The Paradox of Empowerment and Individualization

  • Irakli Gvaramadze, University of Aarhus

2006 (Volume 10)

Creating leaders or loyalists: Conflicting identities in a leadership development programme

  • Jamie L. Callahan, Texas A&M University
  • Lila L. Carden, Texas A&M University

2005 (Volume 9)

Developing Emotional Intelligence through Workplace Learning

  • Nick Clarke, University of Southhampton

2004 (Volume 8)

Researching the Trainability of Transformational Organizational Leadership

  • Ken W. Parry, Griffith University
  • Paresha N. Sinha, University of Waikato

2003 (Volume 7)

Training in Spain: an evaluation of the continuous training agreements (1993-2001) with particular reference to SMEs

  • Michael Rigby, South Bank University

2002 (Volume 6)

Constructing Socially Situated Learning Experiences in Human Resource Development:An Activity Theory Perspective

  • Alexandre Ardichvili, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2001 (Volume 5)

Across The Great Divide: HRD, Technology Translation, and Knowledge Migration In Bridging The Knowledge Gap Between SMEs and Universities

  • Paul Iles, Liverpool, John Moores University
  • Maurice Yolles, Liverpool, John Moores University

2000 (Volume 4)

A Refusal to Define HRD

  • Monica M. Lee, Lancaster University

2001 (Volume 3)

Analysing metaphor in human resource development

  • Darren C. Short, Perspectives

2000 (Volume 2)

Emotional Labor in Corporate Change Programs

  • Sharon Turnbull, Lancaster University

1999 (Volume 1)

The Influence of Leadership Styles on Subordinates' Attitudes towards Their Leaders and towards Performance: A Comparison of US and German Manufacturing Employees

  • K. Peter Kuchinke, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

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