Theorising HRD

Pre-2018 UFHRD Conference workshop

Date/Time: Tuesday 5 June 2018, 10:30 – 15:00

Venue: Newcastle University Business School

In a highly interactive pre-conference session, participants will review the process of theorisation/theory building as a way of generating new knowledge and writing for publication. Questions will be posed in conversation format to discuss the various issues such as worldviews, issues, context, culture and power, and how these issues influence the way we theorize and build theory.

Participants will work individually and in small groups for actual hands-on applied theory building practice. The session is appropriate for scholars and doctoral students who are interested in learning more about applied theory building and those who are working to develop a focused and sustained research agenda over time. The workshop will also involve ‘writing for publication’ hints and tips discussions.

What you need to commit to doing in advance of the workshop: Participants will be sent pre-reading in advance of the workshop and will bring along details of the research they are writing up for publication, literature from the field of focus and be prepared to discuss the theoretical contributions they aim to make. If you cannot commit to the pre-reading and work then your individual learning at the workshop will be limited.

Facilitators include:

Professor Sharon Mavin, Chair of UFHRD and Director, Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University and Associate Editor International Journal of Management Reviews and Co-Editor of Gender in Management an International Journal. For research interests and publications click here.


Professor Carole Elliott, Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton and Editor of Human Resource Development International. For research interests and publications click here.




Dr. Valerie Anderson, Vice Chair of UFHRD and Chair of Research Committee, Co-Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly. For research interests and publications – click here



Professor Jamie Callahan, Former Editor of Human Resource Development Review and recipient of the Academy of HRD 2015 R. Wayne Pace Outstanding Book of the Year Award. For research interests and publications – click here



There is a charge of £20 for this event and availability is limited. Please register your interest in the event by clicking here

For directions please see here.

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