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R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award

The R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award is presented to the author(s) of a Human Resource Development book which is identified as outstanding in advancing the theory and/or practice of the profession.

Chairs: Joshua C. Collins and Yogita Abichandani

Submission Due Date: Wednesday, November 11 at 5:00pm Central time. There will be no extensions on the submission deadline this year.

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

Award Criteria

The Academy of Human Development may award the R. Wayne Pace HRD Book of the Year Award to that book which is found to make a most significant contribution to the field of HRD in a given year. Books submitted for consideration must focus on human resource development, organization development, personnel training and/or development, or more specific areas of HRD. The Award is inclusive of both print and electronic books (eBooks).

Books should be grounded in a sound foundation of theory and/or research, address a topic of timely importance, suggest new thinking about a topic, and/or challenge current values, beliefs, and assumptions. Past award winners include books that have been:

  • Scholarly, rather than a "how-to” book of checklists;
  • Well written, including editorial excellence, innovation and quality of design relative to the field, and quality of production;
  • Appropriate for the chosen publishing method (i.e., eBooks embrace technology and reader interactivity while print copies embrace advancements in printing technologies and visualization); and
  • Appropriate for the target audience (as defined by the author(s)) in connecting research, theory, and practice and filling a need or a gap in the field, contributing significantly to HRD.

Nominated books for 2020 must be published between November 1, 2019 and November 1, 2020. Books may be nominated by the author(s), academy members, publishing house, colleague(s), or a third-party.

Nomination Process

Authors, academy members, publishers, or a third-party may nominate books by providing the following in the nomination:

  • The book’s full title, year of publication, publisher, telephone, email, and fax numbers for both the author(s) and publisher
  • One or two sentences describing why you are nominating this book
  • The name, address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the person(s) submitting the nomination

The publisher or author must mail seven (7) non-returnable copies of a printed nominated book to the AHRD office at 1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252, St. Paul, MN 55114 by the deadline.

Due to the number and variety of e-Book formats available, the seven electronic submissions must be provided by the publisher in a format which imposes no costs or other burdens upon the set of reviewers who will be considering them for the award or upon the Academy of Human Resource Development.

Dependent on the nominations for any given year, the Committee may choose to award more than one Book of the Year per cycle. Given the high criterion-based standards implicit in this award however there is no guarantee that this award will be given each year.

Award Winners


Evidence-Based Initiatives for Organizational Change and Development

  • Robert G. Hamlin, University of Wolverhampton
  • Andrea D. Ellinger, The University of Texas at Tyler
  • Jenni Jones, University of Wolverhampton


Leadership and Power in International Development: Navigating the Intersections of Gender, Culture, Context, and Sustainability

  • Randal Joy Thompson, Dream Connect Global
  • Julia Storberg-Walker, The George Washington University


Leadership Development in Emerging Market Economies

  • Alexandre Ardichvili, University of Minnesota
  • Khalil M. Dirani, Texas A & M University


On the Nature of Human Resource Development

  • Monica M. Lee


Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice

  • Jamie L. Callahan
  • Jim Stewart
  • Clare Rigg
  • Sally Sambrook
  • Kiran Trehan


Human Interactions, Processes, and Contexts: Reflections on the Past and Envisioning the Future

  • David Schwandt, The George Washington University
  • Ellen Scully-Russ, The George Washington University
  • Kathleen Crowley, The George Washington University


Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice

  • S.B. Merriam, University of Georgia
  • Laura L. Bierema, University of Georgia


Valuing People and Technology in the Workplace

  • Claretha Hughes




Small Group facilitation: Improving Process and Performance in Groups and Teams

  • Judith Kolb


Handbook of Workplace Assessment
  • John C. Scott
  • Douglas H. Reynolds


Performance Management: Putting Research into Action
  • James W. Smither, LaSalle University
  • Manuel London, State University of New York


Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts, 2nd edition
  • David C. Thomas
  • Simon Fraser University


Handbook of Organization Development
  • Thomas G. Cummings, editor


Organization Development: Principles, Processes, Performance

  • Gary N. McLean, University of Minnesota


Research in Organizations: Foundations and Methods of Inquiry

  • Richard A, Swanson, University of Minnesota
  • Elwood F. Holton, III, Louisiana State University


Leveraging the New Human Capital: Adaptive Strategies, Results Achieved, and Stories of Transformation

  • Sandra Burud
  • Marie Tumolo


The Strategic Development of Talent: Framework for Using Talent to Support Your Organizational Strategy

  • William J. Rothwell
  • H. C. Kazanas


Foundations of Human Resource Development

  • Richard A. Swanson, University of Minnesota
  • Elwood F. Holton, III, Louisiana State University


Ethics in HRD: A New Approach to Leading Responsible Organizations

  • Timothy G. Hatcher, University of Louisville


Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change: An Introduction to Strategic HRD

  • Jerry W. Gilley,Colorado State University
  • Ann Maycunich Gilley, Colorado State University


Strategic Human Resource Development

  • John S. Walton, London Guildhall University


Evaluation Inquiry for Learning in Organizations

  • Hallie S. Preskill, University of New Mexico
  • Rosalie Torres, University of New Mexico


Corporate Creativity: How Innovation and Improvement Actually Happens

  • Alan G. Robinson, University of Massachusetts
  • Sam Stern, Oregon State University


Building the Learning Organization

  • Michael J. Marquardt, George Washington

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