Nearly 160 delegates attended the 14th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe hosted by Brighton Business School . 64 delegates represented institutions from outside of the UK.
132 papers were presented across the 17 streams.
The conference theme, HRD in Turbulent Seas – Continued Global Economic Uncertainty: Challenges and opportunities, was excellently addressed in the key note from Professor Wayne Cascio, Chair in Global Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver: Investing in HRD in Uncertain Times. Whilst noting that expenditure on HRD had recovered somewhat after significant falls in 2008 an d 2009, new challenges were evident in
- the profile of the labour market ( temporary work; the rise of labour market intermediaries
- predominantly ‘flat’ organisational structures
- social trends, social networking, social learning
- technological developments
Although HRD faces difficult times Prof Cascio argued there was little evidence of any decline in the value of HRD for organisational competitiveness. He predicted further rises in the application of technology based training and development (apparently trainee mechanics working on the Boeing Dreamliner do not touch any aeroplane component; everything is done through simulation) and new forms of delivery arrangements e.g. through public private partnerships.
The final key note from Professor Stephen Mcnair, Director of the Centre for Research into the Older Workforce at NIACE, ‘Work and Learning in Later Life: The Role of Training’ reminded delegates that whilst often the HRD agenda is focused upon the younger end of the labour market there is a need for a re-energised interest in training, development and learning of older workers. Prof McNair argued that whilst HRD for the older worker offers real value for both organisations and society more generally there remain stubborn policy challenges at both organisational and political levels.
Download the keynote presentations here: http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/brighton-conference-keynote-presentations/
A splendid conference dinner was held at Stanmer House on the edge of Brighton and the South Downs and where delegates were treated to a pre-dinner performance of Morris dancing. Delegates were encouraged to join in and special note must be made of Bob Hamlin’s solo performance.
The Alan Moon Prize for best conference paper was awarded to Mark Hughes (Brighton Business School, University of Brighton ) & Stephen Reeve (Brighton Business School, University of Brighton) for their paper ‘Employee engagement, programmatic change and organizational development: Bermuda Triangle or Golden Triangle?’. Hughes & Reeve full
The UFHRD Teaching and Learning Prize was awarded to Jamie Callahan, Drexal University, for her paper ‘Learning to become Critical: The Courageous Resistance project’
The Emerald (European Journal of Training & Development) prize was awarded to Stephen Gibb for his paper: “Measuring human resource development effectiveness in organizations; A competing values approach“. Stephen wore his best conference dinner tee shirt for the award ceremony.
Routledge Discount and Competition
To celebrate the conference Routledge are offering delegates the chance to win a copy of the following books:
New Frontiers in HRD
Edited by Monica Lee, Jim Stewart, Jean Woodall
International Human Resource Development: A Leadership Perspective
By Elaine S. Potoker
The Adult Learner, 7th Edition
By Malcolm S. Knowles, Elwood F. Holton III, Richard A. Swanson
To enter simply send a n e-mail (by 31 July) to Routledge.email@example.com referencing the UFHRD 2013 Competition and indicating your main areas of interest . The conference discount is also still available. Enter the code GDC71 at checkout to activate a 20% discount. http://www.routledge.com/u/RSHRD
All Conference Papers will be transferred to the Conference Archives in September
International Federation of Training and Development Organisations
Stronger links are being developed between the IFTDO and the Forum. IFTDO was founded in 1972 in order to develop and maintain a worldwide network committed to the identification, development and transfer of knowledge, skills and technology to enhance personal growth, human performance, productivity and sustainable development. IFTDO’s vision is to be a unique and effective resource to the HRD profession working globally for the betterment of life. IFTDO has as its fundamental and driving mission, to promote the concept of HRD as an effective tool, across all sectors of society, in order to increase personal and organizational effectiveness.
Joint Research Project: Discussions are underway to progress a joint research project with the UFHRD. In principle IFTDO will commit £12,500 of funding and the Forum £12500 to make available £25000 project funding. Details of the project remain to be worked out but it will be an international comparative study of HRD professional practices. Funding will be allocated through a competitive process with researchers being invited to submit proposals in response to a project brief. Assessment will be by a panel drawn from the IFTDO and UFHRD.
IFTDO Global Research Award: Bob Hamlin, Forum Treasurer, along with three international co-authors won the 2013 IFTDO Global Research Award. Their paper is titled: ‘Towards a Universal Taxonomy of Perceived Managerial and Leadership Effectiveness: A multiple cross-case/cross-nation study of effective and ineffective managerial behaviour’.and the full authors are: Bob Hamlin, University of Wolverhampton, UK; Taran Patel, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France; Carlos Ruiz, Georgia Gwinnett College , USA and Sandi Whitford, A Canadian Utility Company, Canada.
The submission can be viewed here: IFTDO-Global-Research-Excellence-Award-2013
The IFTDO HRD Awards for 2014 are in three categories:
- Best HRD Practice
- Improved Quality of Working Life
- Research Excellence Award
There will be three Awards: One overall Winner prize of $5000 and a memento and two runners up prizes of $2000 and a memento each (one from each category), Plus the cost of cheapest economy air fare plus 2-nights hotel accommodation for one representative each of the Winner and the Runners-up for attending the Award ceremony. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded to organizations with notable achievements.
Award announcement is attached. Rules of entry and Entry Forms-separate for (i) Category 1, 2 and (ii) Category 3, are available at IFTDO Website www.iftdo.net
Last date for submission of Entries: October 31, 2013- 5pm (GMT)
IFTDO Newsletter: Rick Holden, Vice Chair of the Forum’s Research Committee and Forum web manager, is to take over as the IFTDO newsletter editor. The newsletter is published four times a year; the latest issue is available at http://iftdo.net/iftdo.asp
IFTDO Conference: The IFTDO World Conference and Exhibition will take place in Dubai, UAE and the conference theme is ‘Leadership Impact for Human Resource Development’ – see also Calls for Papers below.
European Research in Learning and Work
The latest edition of the Newsletter for European Research in Learning and Work [L&W] was published in June. It can be viewed here: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/educ/news1306.htm
Sabine Manning, Editor of the Newsletter, says “Particularly worth noting in this edition are calls for papers related to the conferences on “Workplace Learning and Development” and “Networked Learning” and to three issues of journals, and a request for contributions to a transnational study on “VET and Social Capital”. Furthermore, this edition presents a range of significant European projects.”
The next edition of the Newsletter will appear in early August 2013. You are invited to submit short pieces of news (texts of 100 to 200 words, without attachments, but including links to web resources) – please by 31 July 2013 at the latest!
Two new HRD books from Palgrave
HRD: Theory and Practice (Gold, J., Holden, R., Iles, P., Stewart, J and Beardwell, ): Written by leading academics, this book provides a comprehensive and critical evaluation of the theory and practice of HRD. This edition has been fully revised throughout and features contemporary case studies, chapter introductions and additional coverage of key debates in the field. It is essential reading for any student of HRD.
Click here to request your inspection copy
Click here to take a look at a sample chapter
Human Resource Development (Walton, J. and Valentin, C.): To be published in October this reader brings together an internationally recognised group of contributors to provide a critical overview of contemporary concepts, practices and orthodoxies in human resource development (HRD). The book focuses on four key areas of HRD thinking and practice:
> formative concepts
> training and development interventions
> career development practices
> team development practices
Each chapter will identify the theoretical and empirical starting points, and outline the context, history, and current utilisation. Theoretical critique is enhanced by practical examples, providing a critical, but highly accessible examination of contemporary HRD practice. To request your inspection copy today, http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=494334
Emerald Awards for Excellence
Each year Emerald runs the Literati Network Awards for Excellence to highlight and reward the achievement of our authors and editors and celebrate the outstanding contributions many have made. The web pages for the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013 can be viewed at:
Every Outstanding and Highly Commended Paper as well as the winning book series chapters (Outstanding Author Contribution Award) are available on a free access until the 13th July 2013. In addition, every Outstanding Paper Award winning article is now also available as the sample article on the journal’s homepage and therefore it is free to read for the duration of one year
Doctoral Research Awards: Emerald and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) announce the launch of the 2013 Emerald / EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards. These Awards reward the best doctoral research projects in 12 different categories, each sponsored by an Emerald journal. For a list of all categories and details of how to apply please visit the webpage below:
The Awards are open to those who have completed and satisfied examination requirements for a Doctoral award, or will do so, between 1 October 2010 and 1 October 2013, and have not applied previously for one of these Awards. The closing date for receipt of applications is 1 October 2013.
Award-winning entries will receive a cash prize of €1,500 (or currency equivalent), a certificate and a winners’ logo to attach to correspondence.
PhD Studentship opportuinity
Funded PhD Research Studentship
University of Surrey – ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre
‘Starting-up, Not Slowing Down’: Social Entrepreneurs in an Ageing Society
The studentship will cover tuition fees, and provide maintenance for a total of up to £14,476 pa*. There will also be an opportunity to undertake paid demonstrating duties.
Starting October 2013, this competitive three-year PhD studentship at the Surrey Business School will focus on social entrepreneurs in an ageing society. The research project will address key issues of ageing and social equality by focussing on social entrepreneurship and social enterprise activity by the over 50s as ‘later life’ social entrepreneurs. The study will break new ground by advancing academic and empirical knowledge in the emerging field of social entrepreneurship research, as well as related academic fields including research into ageing and social policy.
Applications for the studentship are invited from suitably qualified UK/EU citizens. Closing Date: 26th July 2013. Please contact Dr. MariaLaura Di Domenico (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), for informal enquiries.
PhD Fellowship opportunity
A PhD opportunity is available at NUI Galway .
Applications are welcome from EU & non-EU citizens, so colleagues in the
North America, Asia, Africa & South America should please review for their
students. The deadline is 16 August.
More details are available at
or contact Maura Sheehan at: Maura.email@example.com
2013 NAHR Ram Charan HR Essay Contest
The National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) announces the 2013 NAHR Ram Charan HR Essay Contest. We are requesting essays from university undergrads and graduate students globally majoring in Human Resources, Industrial/Labor Relations or related fields for the following topic:
How are electronic technology and social media affecting: The employment relationship (from hiring to engagement to retention) between employers and employees, and The roles, responsibilities and contributions of human resources organizations?
Cash prizes of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 U.S. will be awarded for the three best essays.
For full contest details, please visit the website www.nationalacademyhr.org and click on About Us/NAHR Ram Charan HR Essay Contest.
The deadline for submission is August 1, 2013.
HR Excellence Awards
At the recent HR Excellence Awards ceremony KFC UK and Ireland won Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy; the HR Excellence Gold Award. Best Talent Management Strategy was won by Fujitsu whilst London’s Overground Rail Operations Ltd won the Health and Wellbeing Award. The Most Innovative use of Technology award was won by Birmingham City Council
ILO World of Work Report
The ILOs annual World of Work Report 2013 indicates that whilst employment rates across emerging and developing economies will return to pre-economic crisis levels by 2015 in advanced countries such rates will only be reached by 2017. The report suggests that the potential for social unrest in European Union countries is higher than anywhere else in the world. The most vulnerable countries are identified as Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy and Portugal. The report identifies the difficulties of young people and women finding jobs that match their skills and aspirations as particularly challenging. young people and women.
See http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_214487/lang–zh/index.htm for more details and a full summary of the report.
Relatedly European leaders are calling for action across the EU to tackle escalating youth unemployment, which exceeds 50% in some countries. Francois Hollande, French President, dubbed young people “the post-crisis generation who will forever be holding today’s governments responsible for their plight.” A key proposal is a jobs guarantee that would see the European Council commit to ensure that anyone under the age of 23 would be offered a good quality job, additional training, an apprenticeship or internship within four months of finishing school or losing their job.
Calls for Papers, Conferences etc
Creative Techniques in Leadership Learning and Development : A proposal (see Advances in Developing Human Resources – Special Issue Proposal – Creative Techniques for full draft) is being considered for a special issue on this topic for submission to the journal Advances in Developing Human Resources later on in the year. If you would be interested in contributing towards the special issue please submit:
· an abstract of 300-400 words (describing the purpose, content and key features of your article, including the informing problem, resulting/proposed solution, and targeted stakeholders)
· a biography for each author
· a date prediction as to when you will be able to complete a main paper of around 7, 000 to 7, 500 words.
Abstract submissions should be emailed to Gareth3.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1st September 2013. Once we have received abstracts the editorial team will shortlist those we see fitting the theme well and respond to authors.
Gender and Management Education: A call for abstracts for a for a book project on gender and management education. See PRMEBook1_Call_Flyer for the call or contact Maureen Kilgour, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, Université de St-Boniface, Winnipeg, Canada
Temporary Organizing: Organization Studies, the official journal of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), invites submissions for a Special Issue on “Temporary Organizing”. The Special Issue invites manuscripts that aim to deepen our understanding of temporary organizing by applying a processual, temporal lens. We are particularly interested in papers that explicitly address matters related to transience and limited duration, organizational tensions between the temporary and permanent, and those that seek to adapt, apply or develop appropriate research designs for studying temporary organizing. We also welcome manuscripts that examine theoretically or empirically more generalized features of time and organizing within temporary systems and/or their contexts.
Guest Editors: Jörg Sydow, Freie Universität Berlin; Robert J. DeFillippi, Suffolk University Boston; Andreas Schwab, Iowa State University; Rene M. Bakker, Queensland University of Technology
Deadline: Papers must be received by September 30, 2014.
See CfP_OS_Temporary Organizing for details.
Management Learning: A recent call for book reviewers for Management Learning can be viewed here: ML Review call, July 2013
AHRD Annual Conference (20 – 22 February, 2014)
The theme of the AHRD’s 21st annual conference is Leading human resource development through research. It will take place in Houston, Texas. AHRD is an inclusive organization and invites all those who are interested in the field, no matter where they are on the scholarly journey. The conference program promises to include leading scholars and senior-level practitioners reporting their cutting-edge research, providing opportunities for all to learn and network. Registration for the conference will open in early November, 2013.
Key dates: 9 September; final deadline for submissions
29 November: camera-ready submissions due
The Call for Papers can be viewed here: AHRD2014FINALCall-for-papers
IFTDO (10-12 March, 2014)
The next IFTDO World Conference will be held on March 10-12, 2014 at Dubai (see http://iftdo.net/Conferences.asp) for further details
The IFTDO invites professional trainers, consultants, academics, HRD professionals and senior executives to contribute to the success of IFTDO 2014, and to submit papers and presentations responding to the conference theme.If you have a paper that you feel is reflectiove of the issues of HRD todayplease submit it before August 31st 2013 to the Conference Secretariat at:
The abstract should not be more than 500 words and accompanied by a CV. All papers will be reviewed and speakers will be notified of acceptance by November 30, 2013.