An update from the Conference team indicates that over 160 submissions have been accepted (85 full papers and 69 working). An extension has been agreed until the 22nd March for the receipt of conference papers. The early bird conference fee of £350 also finishes on 22nd March.
A one day conference, “Sustainability,Ethics and Social Responsibility” is being co-sponsored by the Forum. The conference is on 30th May at the University of Southampton and will bring together academics, managers, business practitioners and consultants to hear about and discuss how we get responsible leadership in the decade of austerity. The speakers are: Dr Thomas Maak, Professor for Leadership and Responsibility in the Human Resource Management Department at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain; Dr Jonathan Winterton, Professor of Employment at Toulouse Business School, France; Dr Karen Blakey, Senior Lecturer at Winchester Business School, University of Winchester; Mark Drewell, Chief Executive of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative; Professor Nicholas Clarke, Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM at Southampton Management School, University of Southampton and Dr Jamie Callaghan, Professor of Human Resource Development at the School of Education at Drexel University.
See http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/responsible-leadership-one-day-conference/ for further details
Recently completed reports have been received from Northumbria (The provision of pre-induction subject support for postgraduate HRM&D students), Gloucestershire (An investigation of the impact of the process of undertaking a work based learning professional qualification on the professional identity of HRM/HRD practitioners) and UCLAN:
Reports can be viewed at: http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/category/research-archives/
The research from Northumbria and UCLAN has also resulted in resources for the Teaching & Learning Bank, see http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/teaching-learning/
After a competitive round of bidding three proposals have been awarded an Honorarium for 2013. They are:
- Exploring HRD in the Context of Third Sector Partnerships for Public Service Delivery (Denise Currie and Martin McCracken Department of Management and Leadership, University of Ulster)
- The Transfer of Reflective Learning: a pilot study (Jan Rae, London South Bank University; Vivienne Griggs, Leeds Metropolitan University and Aileen Lawless, Liverpool John Moores University)
- Discourses in HRD: continuities and contradictions (Jean Kellie and Brian Milsom, Hull University Business School)
Website Discussion Forum
A discussion forum has been launched on the Forum’s web site at http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/forums/forum/view-from-the-chair/ To launch the discussion forum Jim Stewart Chair of the UFHRD has written a short viewpoint ‘A Starter For Ten’. In this he argues that, throughout the Forum’s history, “we have been singularly unsuccessful in connecting with and showing relevance to practice”. Responses, supportive or otherwise are welcome.
Other HRD News
European Research in Learning and Work
The latest edition of the Newsletter for European Research in Learning and Work [L&W] was published in February. It can be viewed here: http://www.b.shuttle.de/wifo/educ/news1302.htm
Sabine Manning, Editor of the Newsletter, says “Particularly worth noting in this edition are publications addressing issues of pathways and partnerships in post-secondary VET, researching transitions, and future skills supply and demand (see Publications). Also included are announcements of a virtual PhD programme on Competence Diagnostics (COMET) and Masters programmes in Social and Education Sciences (see Programmes). And, not to overlook, the deadline of the call for papers related to Business Management (see EuroMed > Conferences).”
Female graduates still earning less than men
The latest research in the Futuretrack project (a longitudinal survey exploring the relationship between higher education, employment and career planning details….). suggests that four decades of equal opportunities legislation in the UK have failed to eliminate the pay gap between men and women as they move into the labour market on completion of higher education. The gender gap appears to remain across all sectors except for the non for profit sector. In the worst affected subject women who studied law can anticipate starting on £20,000 a year whereas men graduating in the same discipline command an annual salary closer to £28,000.
The Futuretrack project is carried out for the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (Hecsu) by Warwick University’s Institute for Employment Research.
Volunteer Mentors and Coaches wanted
EMCC is currently looking for more people to join its community of volunteers. There are a range of opportunities depending on how much time and what skills you have to offer. Anything from a few hours every few months through to a day a week or more. According to the EMCC:L “We have short term projects that last a few months through to long term WorkGroups that are looking for a few years contribution. Whatever suits you, we have the opportunity. Without you we can’t fulfil our vision to be the ‘go to’ body for mentoring and coaching. Your EMCC needs you and we need you now!” For more information go to http://emccuk.org/about-us/activity-map/
Unemployment and Youth Unemployment
The number of jobless people around the world in 2012 was 197 million, and that figure is projected to rise to 200 million in 2013, according to a report published today by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The report – Global Employment Trends 2013 – found that although the crisis may have started in the developed world, its effects are now being felt strongly in East Asia, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Long-term unemployment is growing: a third of Europe’s jobless have been without work for more than a year, and the report estimated that 39 million people had withdrawn from the labour market.
The report also found that regions that have managed to escape increases in unemployment have often experienced a decline in job quality, with vulnerable employment and the number of workers living below or very near the poverty line increasing.
The UK has experienced the fastest rise in youth unemployment of any country in the G8 since the start of the recession and has the worst levels of many major countries, with only Spain and Greece experiencing higher rates, according to a report published today by The Work Foundation. The report, Youth unemployment in the global contact, looks at youth unemployment internationally, with a greater focus on Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and Australia – all of which have maintained consistently low levels of youth unemployment despite the economic downturn. The report states the UK’s youth unemployment problem cannot be attributed solely to the recession, particularly as other major economies have consistently outperformed the UK in this area.
The full report International Lessons: Youth unemployment in the global context is authored by Lizzie Crowley, Katy Jones, Nye Cominetti and Jenny Gulliford and is available here:
Attempts to get more than a million young people into work are being hampered by excessive bureaucracy and central
Government control, council leaders say. The Local Government Association (LGA) said increased local control could see youth unemployment cut by 20%.
The report, Hidden talents II: re-engaging young people, the local offer, published by the LGA, states the present system is “overly complicated”, with 33 different national schemes covering 13 different age boundaries and costing £15 billion a year. The report says more than 94,000 people completed hair and beauty courses last year, even though there were only 18,000 new jobs in the sector. By contrast, just 123,000 people were trained for around 275,000 advertised jobs in construction – more than two vacancies for every qualified person, said the LGA.
Corporate Social Responsibility
On the fifth anniversary of HR magazine’s ongoing CSHR Make a Difference campaign to encourage HR directors to take a lead in embedding corporate social responsibility (CSR) into the business, research shows there is still some way to go. Chief HR officers see limited impact for CSR on the bottom line and this is a barrier to broadening CSR efforts, according to Cornell University research.
Where CSR is strategically built around the company’s business, it is more effective than where it has little alignment to the business’s capabilities or strategic objectives. Yet, as the research found, HR directors widely regard CSR as a tool to support the company’s reputation rather than having an impact on the firm’s operational or financial performance. The research, HR in the C-Suite, conducted by Cornell’s Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, is the first to include CSR since the study’s launch in 2009. Main obstacles to CSR are lack of finances, lack of integration and alignment, lack of a clear result and lack of leadership buy-in.
HR Paper of the Year
The Human Relations (http://hum.sagepub.com/) Paper of the Year Award is given to the article which the Editorial Team considers best encapsulates broad readership appeal, sound methods, and whose theory advances our understanding of human relations at work. The winning paper from Volume 65 (2012) is:
Rethinking the Hawthorne Studies: The Western Electric research in its social, political and historical context, by John S Hassard
The current Human Relations free-access article is Leadership and charisma: A desire that cannot speak its name? by Nancy Harding, Hugh Lee, Jackie Ford and Mark Learmonth
Human Relations 2011; 64 (7): 927–949
This article will be free to access until 10 April 2013.
Calls for Papers / Conferences etc
The third Action Research Colloquium, which brings together practitioners and action researchers from different fields such as business, industry, healthcare, education and tourism is hosted by Institute of Technology Tralee on 20th & 21st June 2013, Tralee, Kerry, Ireland
The central theme for the 2013 Colloquium is ‘Action Research: Real World Research’ . For more details go to: http://3rdarcolloquium.weebly.com
Learning and Teaching Conference 2013: Enhancing and Embedding Employability and Enterprise (11th June)
Set against the renewed focus on employability, the focus of this one-day swap-shop is to highlight best practice in the enhancement and embedding of employability and enterprise within indicative areas such as learning and teaching, course and module design, problem-based learning, education for sustainable development, work placement, work- based learning, employer engagement, research and consultancy, and assessment. The aim is to showcase a range of practical examples and individual sessions will be limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. The keynote speaker is David Bagley, Head of Student Employability and Enterprise at the University of Central Lancashire.
Session proposals should be submitted, via email, to Dr Andrew Clegg (firstname.lastname@example.org), at the University of Chichester and titled ‘Session Proposal’ to arrive no later than Friday 12th April 2013. To book a place at the conference please register online at: http://swapshop2013.eventbrite.co.uk The deadline for bookings is Friday 17th May 2012.
5th Developing Leadership Capacity Conference “Developing Leadership Capacity in Times of Austerity and Economic Crisis” being held at The Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland on the 4th and 5th of July 2013.
The Conference features four Keynote addresses:
- Professor Linda K. Trevino, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Ethics, SMEAL College of Business, Penn State University, United States.
- Professor Mark Stein, Chair of Leadership and Management, Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Management, University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
- Professor David De Cremer, Professor of Management China Europe International Business School.
- Dr. Jack Golden, Human Resource Director CRH plc. Dublin, Ireland.
The closing date for submission of papers is April 12th, 2013.
6th Annual EuroMed Conference The EuroMed Academy of Business announces the 6th Annual EuroMed Conference; Estoril, Lisbon, Portugal; September 23rd-24th, 2013
Topics of Interest: Competitiveness, Development and Sustainability; Conflict, Diversity and Cohesion; Corporate Governance; Cross – Cultural Management; Digital Information and Knowledge Management; Education and Training; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Interdisciplinary Research; Organization Behaviour and Human Resources Management; Strategic Management
For more details go to: http://6theuromed2013.webnode.pt/
21st Annual International Conference of the Association on Employment Practices and Principles to be held in Atlanta on October 9-11. The Conference theme is “Frontiers in Employment Practices and Principles: Emerging Trends, Issues, and Challenges.”
Human Resource Development
International HRD Conference, Mauritius, 17-18th October. Conference theme: Excellence in HRD for Sustainable Growth. Submission of abstract: 15th April 2013. Early Bird Registration closed: 30th May 2013. More details from: Call for papers (Mauritius)
Contemporary Ethnographic Research in Organizations.
Professor Ossie Jones, University of Liverpool Management School, UK Professor John Van Maanen Sloan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA Dr. Frank Worthington University of Liverpool Management, UK, have recently agreed a qualitative research book series contract with Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, entitled: ‘Contemporary Ethnographic Research in Organizations’.
The first volume, ‘Challenges in Ethnography: Political, Ethical, and Practical’ will be published in August 2013. Given the number of submissions we have received for this first volume, our immediate plan is to publish a further edited book entitled ‘Challenges in Ethnography’, volume 2, early in 2014. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please contact Frank Worthington at email@example.com