Conference, 4th – 6th June
An update from David McGuire, Edinburgh Napier University:
“Preparations continue apace for the 15th International Conference on Human Resource Development Theory and Practice across Europe taking place at Edinburgh Napier University between 4th and 6th June 2014. In what is shaping up to be an exciting programme, a total of 230 abstracts have been submitted to the conference. Authors are reminded that final submissions to the conference should be made via the conference website (www.ufhrd2014.com) by February 14th 2014. Authors should please pay attention to the formatting guidelines which can be found on the conference website when preparing their final submissions. One author on each submission should also be registered for the conference by the February 14th 2014 submission deadline.
For delegates interested in Scottish culture, a 3-day tour of Scotland is being organised from Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June. This 3-day tour of Scotland will visit the Highlands, Loch Ness, the island of Skye and a host of other famous Scottish visitor attractions. Further details can be found on the conference website.
Masters and Doctoral students are also reminded of the pre-conference schedule which includes a series of Master classes and a visit to New Lanark (home place of pioneering visionary Robert Owen). Details can be found on the conference website.
If you have any queries regarding the conference, please feel free to e-mail: email@example.com We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in June!”
Brief updates from 2013 Award holders:
Discourses in HRD: continuities and contradictions
Jean Kellie and Brian Milsom (Hull University Business School). This study is exploring the complexities in the discourses of HRD professionals in relation to their practice e and role. It is examining the extent to which organisational settings in which HRD professionals are located impacts upon the nature of ‘public’ or organisational rationales for the practice of HRD. Additionally, though, the study seeks to address the means by which ‘private’ and ‘public’ discourses concerning role and practice are reconciled or not in practitioners’ sense making processes. Collection of empirical data from over 10 HR professionals is complete and analysis is nearing completion. A paper will be presented at Edinburgh.
Exploring HRD ion the context of Third Sector Partnerships for public service delivery (Denise Currie (Queens University, Belfast) and Martin McCracken (University of Ulster). This study is looking at strategies for skill development for third sector organisations who are having to contend with the changing policy context and the increasing use of a procurement model for the delivery of public services. Case study data collection is complete and write up underway. We have also been working with Dr Katharine Venter from the University of Leicester who is replicating the study in England, thus allowing for a comparison across different regions. A further two case studies are being completed by Dr Venter in England. A paper will be presented at Edinburgh.
The Transfer of reflective learning: a pilot study (Jan Rae, South Bank; Vivienne Griggs, Leeds Met and Aileen Lawless and Rick Holden, Liverpool John Moores.) The study has recently been completed. The findings surfaced a number of issues relating to initial objectives of the research. Firstly, the extent to which assessment is an accurate measure of transfer is open to challenge and questioned by students and tutors alike. While there was confirmation from some students that the learning was applied to some extent, this tended to be, with one or two exceptions, undertaken at a pragmatic and instrumental level. Given that the participants in the research were all undertaking the course to receive CIPD accreditation, the relatively pragmatic approach taken by students is not surprising, but does raise the question of dissonance between tutor expectations and the students’ view of the nature of reflective practice and the criteria by which being an effective reflective practitioner is assessed, both during the learning process and in the workplace. As part of the research a substantive collaborative bid was made to the HE Academy. Disappointingly this was unsuccessful. However, a further bid has been made to BAM and the outcome is awaited. That the partnership will continue beyond the life time of the Forum funding is itself an important outcome of the Honorarium. A paper will be presented at Edinburgh.
The outcome of the 2014 Research Honorarium round will be announced shortly
Joint Research with IFTDO
Proposals are now in to undertake a significant piece of cross cult research. The University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations (IFTDO) are cooperating to support the conduct of academically and professionally relevant research. An initial activity is to fund a research project examining similarities and differences of HRD professional practices in different regions of the world. The project must establish data and evidence which provides solid grounds for comparing professional practice in at least three world regions. The committee are particularly but not exclusively interested in variations between Europe, Asia and Africa. Proposals have now been received and the announcement of the successful bid is expected shortly.
43rd IFTDO World Conference
Readers are reminded that as members of UFHRD they are also members of IFTDO. Preparations for the 43rd (IFTDO) World Conference and Exhibition are in full swing. The Conference takes place from 10-12th March in Dubai and is being hosted by the Dubai Police Authority. Please register now and inform others who will be interested. The last date for Early Bird discount of $200 is 43rd IFTDO World Conference is Feb 15, 2014. In addition, members of IFTDO will get a discount of $300. The organisers have also offered a large no of scholarships for delegates from developing countries to cover their registration fee (plus hotel for some of the selected candidates).
Critical HRD Outputs
Jamie Callahan, Drexel University, USA, and Alan Moon Prize Winner (2012), spent a week at Coventry University, working with Jim Stewart, Professor of HRD and Forum Chair. Jamie, International Visiting Professor at Coventry University, worked with Jim on three projects during the week. The first two addressed outputs from the critical HRD stream at the CMS8 conference held in Manchester (10 – 12 July). One of these is a special issue of HRDI. Reviews from HRDI referees of the selected papers are being received and the issue will appear later in the year. The second output is a book proposal which will include most of the papers from the stream as chapters. A draft of the proposal is currently being considered by the putative editors; Jamie and Jim together with, Kiran Trehan, Clare Rigg and Sally Sambrook. Fruition is likely to be 2015 if not later but promises to be well worth waiting for! The third project addressed is one originated by Jamie and colleagues at Drexel University in the US; Jamie’s home university. The project is examining incivility in the workplace with a focus on the experience of nurses. Jim is setting up a parallel study with colleagues in the health faculty at Coventry and Claire Valentin is intending to do the same in Scotland, and a colleague in Ireland is to do the same there. Sharon Mavin (Northumbria) will also be contributing to the UK part of the study. So, the project will produce a number of single country studies and potentially many possible cross-country comparisons.
Leadership Resilience: Lessons for Leaders from the Policing Frontline –The book is written jointly by Jonathan Smith, Business School, Anglia Ruskin University and Dr Ginger Charles, who until recently was a Police officer in the Colorado Police. It is a very practically orientated book concerned with helping leaders from every organisation not just in the police or public sector with how to build resilience for themselves, others, and their organizations. It includes chapters from police officers in America, England and Ireland. Smith and Charles argue that many of the challenges faced by leaders generally are similar to those experienced by police officers. The isolation experienced in leadership roles; the pressure not to show emotion; dealing with confused, frustrated and angry people; and delivering bad news, all contribute to the pressures on leaders everywhere. Published by Gower the ISBN number is 978-1409440680
Recognition for Bob Hamlin
Professor Bob Hamlin, Forum Treasurer and Morris Dancer extraordinaire (News July, 2013), has been elected by the Board of Trustees of the RSA to become a Fellow in recognition of his achievements as Emeritus Professor of Human Resource Development at the University of Wolverhampton Business School. The Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and is an independent enlightenment organization committed to finding practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Its approach is multidisciplinary, politically independent, and combines cutting edge research and policy development with practical action. Bob joins an illustrious group of fellow Fellows of the RSA, for example, Tim Berners-Lee, Brenda Dean, Judi Dench, Stephen Hawking, Anthony King, Gareth Malone and John Sentamu. Historical Fellows of the RSA include Charles Dickens and Karl Marx ! Congratulations Bob.
New Centre for Strategy and Leadership
The University of Portsmouth Business School has established a new Centre for Strategy and Leadership. The Centre aims to improve our current understanding and knowledge in these areas by developing research, providing a base for Doctoral students and through the provision of Executive education. The Centre is led by Professor James McCalman who has recently joined the Business School. Previously Chief Executive at the Windsor Leadership Trust Professor McCalman is an experienced senior executive and academic with leadership experience in the private, higher education, and charitable sectors. The vision for the Centre is to make a substantial contribution to our understanding of how organizations respond to changing environments and how strategic leadership acts as a dynamic activity for guiding the development of the organization.
The Centre will support the ongoing and future HRD research within the School and the active HRD research community (Valerie Anderson, Cheryl Brook, Sarah Gilmore, Margaret McKay and Alex Tymon). The Centre will shortly set up its own website dedicated to Research, Executive Education, Doctoral research and Collaboration.
HRD News and Research
WIFO: European Research in Learning and Work
The latest L&W Newsletter was published in December. It is available here: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/educ/news1312.htm As ever the newsletter focuses on transnational research activities in the field of human resource development (HRD) and vocational education and training (VET). This issue features a special selection of papers on comparative and cross-cultural dimensions of HRD from this year’s UFHRD conference at http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/educ/news1312.htm#
A key finding of the first Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) survey of adult skills is that the low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed. They are also likely to suffer more from bad healthy and earn less. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality.
The OECD Survey of Adult Skills measured the skills of 16 to 65-year olds across 24 countries and looked at how literacy, numeracy and problem-solving is used at work. It provides clear evidence of how developing and using skills improves employment prospects and quality of life as well as boosting economic growth. It helps countries set meaningful targets benchmarked against the achievements of the world’s leading skills systems and to develop relevant policy responses.
The results reveal the challenges some major economies face in boosting their skills levels. In reading, over one in five adults in Italy (27.7%), Spain (27.5%) and France (21.6%) perform at or below the most basic level, compared with one in twenty Japanese (4.9%) and one in ten Finns (10.6%).
The Survey also reveals the extent of the “digital divide”, with millions failing to master even simple computer skills, such as using a computer mouse. This ranges from nearly one in four adults in Italy, Korea, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Spain to one in fourteen adults in the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
More details of the detailed findings of the survey can be downloaded for free at: http://skills.oecd.org/skillsoutlook.html
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have launched a Valuing Your Talent project which aims to create practical tools and indicators to help business leaders, investors and other stakeholders assess an organisation’s workforce and the value it contributes. A framework is envisaged which will enable measurement of workforce skills and their value and provide evidence of the impact on productivity and output. Efforts to create human capital metrics are by no means new but have largely failed to crack the problem of measuring what many see as an unpredictable and intangible assets. The difference this time, according to the CIPD, is that the project will involve key reporting stakeholders including finance and senior management. The project will be a joint effort led by the CIPD but involving the UK’s Commission for Employment and Skills, the Chartered Institute of Management, Investors in People and the Royal Society for Arts.
Launched at the CIPD’s Annual Conference, the initiative has faced a somewhat mixed reception. Questions have been raised as to whether efforts to measure people will succumb to the problems that have bester previous initiatives (e.g. Accounting for People, 2002) . The issue is how intangible assets are valued and whether it is possible to measure somebody in purely financial terms. However, Anthony Hesketh, senior lecturer at Lancaster University Management School, who is leading the research, said the framework and indicators reflect a growing need to measure intangible assets. “About 60% to 70% of the value of a business is intangible, a lot is estimated. The notion of human capital is capturing that resource and capitalising it, and that is the challenge…how can we transform humans from a cost to an asset?” According to Hesketh the project doesn’t attempt to redefine good HR practice. Rather, it is an attempt to provide clarity on how good HR is driving value in a business in a language that investors and reporting stakeholders understand.
Global National Qualifications Framework Inventory
CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)
This publication is a global, country-by-country, inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks. It is a co-publication, prepared by the European Training Foundation (ETF), the Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop); and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). NQFs are now global in their coverage and 142 countries are covered by the inventory. It seeks to capture the latest trends and developments in the field of Qualifications Frameworks (QFs) worldwide. The full report is available here:
Giving notice to employability
Published in November, 2013, a special issue of ‘Ephemera: theory and politics in organization’ takes a critical look at the notion of employability. The following is drawn from the journal’s web site:
“The neoliberal notion of employability has risen to prominence over the past 20 years, having been positioned as the crux of national, organizational and individual prosperity.To be employable, individuals are increasingly called upon to be self-reliant; aligning themselves to the conditions of an ostensibly fast-moving and precarious global economy. This special issue of ephemera calls attention to the way this current preoccupation with employability tethers questions of equality and human development to the instrumental capitalist obsession with growth and renewal. The 13 contributions to this issue ‘give notice’ to employability as a colonizing attribute of human resourcefulness that promotes marginalization, exploitation and stigmatization. By exploring the type of ‘self’ employability demands, and analysing the consequences of its required engagement, we hope employability will be both noticed and acted upon organizational and individual prosperity.
See http://www.ephemerajournal.org/issue/giving-notice-employability for details
UK Apprenticeships – gender and race under-representation
A report by Becci Newton and Joy Williams (Institute for Employment Studies) for the TUCs Union Learn reveals that alongside occupational segregation by gender in Apprenticeships, there is also significant under-representation of ethnic minority groups. This research was designed to supply detailed insight into under-representation in Apprenticeships by gender and ethnicity, to capture information about the decisions made by young people, and to examine employer practices n case recruitment strategies or unconscious bias could act as barriers. The report synthesises the research, highlighting the impacts on diversity of the expansion of the programme, and why greater equality and diversity should be a concern. Whilst the report acknowledges that many of the reasons for under representation in apprenticeships reflects wider divisions within the UK labour market, it explores the nature of the barriers encountered by different groups and draws together the evidence on what is effective in overcoming these barriers. Finally, recommendations are made for how the range of stakeholders in the Apprenticeship system can take action to increase interest in Apprenticeships and reduce barriers to access generally, as well as specifically act to promote the greater inclusion of young women and ethnic minority groups.
- The International Journal of Gender & Entrepreneurship has recently published a Special Issue on Gender & Innovation (Volume 5, Issue 3), coedited by Dr. Gry Agnete Alsos (University of Nordland, Norway), Professor Ulla Hytti (University of Turku, Finland), and Dr. Elisabet Ljunggren (Nordland Research Institute, Norway). This special issue presents five different studies in the area of gender and innovation that represent five different angles to the topic. They take different perspectives to gender as well as to innovation, and include a diversity of theoretical origins and methods. As such, they represent the variety needed to build a strong knowledge base on gender aspects of innovation. Six papers comprise the special issue: Presenting a framework for research on gender and innovation; revisiting tokenism; examining infiltration of masculine discourses; implementing new ideas; mapping the margin to the masculinist innovation discourse; and constructing innovation and gender equality.
PhD Bursaries at Leicester University
The School of Management is offering five new PhD Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAships) and two new PhD Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAships). These full-time postgraduate research opportunities are worth approximately £18,376 per year over four years and offer teaching experience (GTAships) or research experience (GRAships) while working on PhD research.
The School of Management at the University of Leicester is renowned for the quality of its creative, interdisciplinary and heterodox research. Applications are welcome from those interested in the critical and innovative rethinking of any of the following fields: employment and global work; finance and accounting; industrial relations and trade unionism; labour markets and the labour process; management and business; management of science, technology and information; marketing and consumption; organizations and organising; training and development.
For more information see ‘Detailed Advert’ and ‘Further Guidance’ available at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/management/postgraduate/research/fees.The closing date for applications: 6th March 2014. Interviews are provisionally scheduled for April 2014.
2014 AHRD International Conference in the Americas
AHRD is celebrating its 21st annual conference in 2014 in Houston, Texas from Thursday, February 20th to Saturday, February 22nd. Registration is now open and information on travel, lodging, and fees, as well as a preliminary schedule are available here http://www.ahrd.org/events/event_details.asp?id=349068&group=
43rd IFTDO World Conference and Exhibition, 10 – 12th March, Dubai
The conference theme is ‘Leadership Impact on Human Resource Development’. Hosted by the Dubai Police Authority in cooperation with IFTDO, the conference will feature six tracked themes: Leadership, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, Organisational Transformation, HRD Transformation and E- Learning.
For more details go to:
Action Learning ; Monday, April 14, 2014 to Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The 4th International Action Learning Conference will be held at the Ashridge Business School, Berkhamsted, United Kingdom from 14th to 16th April, 2014. The conference theme is: “What are we learning across the world? Connecting and disrupting our practices”. More details from:
Ashridge Business School, Berkhamsted at:
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD), Learning and Development Conference and Exhibition; Wednesday, April 30, 2014 to Thursday, May 01, 2014
The conference will offer over 3 sessions covering Coaching, OD, Learning and Talent Development, Leadership Development, and Technologies and Innovation. The exhibition provides tips, solutions and the latest L&D innovations and the opportunity to meet leading L&D suppliers, get professional development advice, try speed networking, get updates on hot issues and more.
Olympia, London, UK
American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), International Conference and Exposition Sunday, May 04, 2014 TO Wednesday May 07, 2014
The 2014 tracks are: Career Development, Training Design and Delivery, Global HRD, Human Capital, Leadership Development, Learning Technologies, Learning Measurements and Analytics, Workforce Development for non training professionals, The Science of Learning, Government, Higher Education and Sales Enablement. Key Note speakers include: Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group; General Stan Mc Chrystal (a four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), and Kevin Carroll (author and consultant for organizations such as Nike, Starbucks,The National Basketball Association, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, and the Discovery Channel). Note: Early Bird and Advanced Rates for members expire on 31st January and 31st of March Washington DC, USA
14th Annual European Academy of Management Conference Wednesday, June 04, 2014 to Saturday, June 07, 2014
Waves and Winds of Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Competitiveness In a context characterised by unceasing trends of globalisation, acceleration of technological change, struggling financial markets, social transformations and increasing prominence of knowledge and innovation, firms are compelled to achieve and sustain very high levels of competitiveness.
University of Valencia, Spain
13th International Human Resource Management Conference 24-27th June, 2014, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Uncertainty in a flattening world: challenges for IHRM; The conference keynote speakers are: Prof. Helen de Cieri, Associate Prof. Paul Davidson, Prof. Peter J. Dowling, Prof. Michael J. Morley , Prof. Paul R. Sparrow and Prof. Agata Stachowicz-Stanusch
Mentoring and Coaching Research Conference Thursday, June 26, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014
The 4th Mentoring and Coaching Research Conference will be held 26-27 June 2013 at Cergy Pontoise University near Paris, France. Further details will be posted shortly at
ATINER, 12th Annual International Conference on Management, 30 June & 1-3 July 2014, Athens, Greece
Call for Papers and Participation
The Management Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) will hold its 12th Annual International Conference on Management, 30 June & 1-3 July 2014, Athens, Greece. For further details, please go to the conference website: http://www.atiner.gr/management.htm.
“Terra Firma, Terra Nova, Terra Incognita”, 11th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Cardiff, Wednesday 9th July – Friday 11th July
The conference theme centres on the metaphor of ‘terra’ – the various grounds social scientists stand on to articulate their social constructions. And we invite contributors to use this metaphor to explore the established, the new and the unknown in organizational discourse analysis.
5th International E-HRM Conference Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to Thursday, July 31
Although e-HRM is now widely diffused in organizations, knowledge about how value is extracted is still evolving. Scholars and practitioners continue to raise new perspectives and questions. The goal of this 5th International e-HRM conference is to once again bring together international scholars and e-HRM business leaders and consultants to present findings from their research and practice on understanding the e-HRM value proposition from multiple perspectives; strategically, operationally and academically. Key Note Speakers include Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton Business School, Lexy Martin, Senior Vice President, CedarCrestone and Jake Krakauer, Senior Director, Business Analytics, Oracle Corporation.
Suny Global Center, New York, USA
Annual Ethnography Symposium
Hosted by University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich from 27th – 29th August 2014, the theme is
Ethnography and liminality: boundaries, opportunities and living ‘at the edge’
7th Annual EuroMed Academy of Business Conference Thursday, September 18, 2014 TO Friday, September 19
Organized and Hosted by: University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway the Conference theme is the The Future of Entrepreneurship. The European Mediterranean (Euro Med) Research Business Institute (EMRBI) aims to contribute to and share the understanding of different business environments and trends in the region through research, teaching and consulting. It also seeks to provide an updated overview of the emerging business practices and stimulate and nourish dialogue in the countries of the region and neighbouring countries.
International Conference on Skills for the Future: Training, employment, occupations and employability in turbulent times; 18-19 September 2014; Toulouse Business School, France