Title

Developing a Tradition of Scholarship: The Emergence and Evolution of the AHRD-Sponsored Journals

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2016

Publication Source

Advances in Developing Human Resources

Volume

18

Issue

4

Inclusive pages

495-511

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/1523422316660970

Publisher

Sage

ISBN/ISSN

15234223

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

The Problem

Research and theory are the lifeblood of academic disciplines along with the peer-reviewed journals that disseminate such scholarship. Journals become critical repositories that capture the histories and evolution of such disciplines, and their scholarly contributions generate new knowledge that can stimulate further research and improve practice. The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) sponsors four peer-reviewed journals that have contributed to the birth and evolution of the discipline of human resource development (HRD). Yet, little is known about how they came into being, how they have evolved, and what their impact has been within the field of HRD.

The Solution

This article captures the histories of the emergence and evolution of the four refereed journals sponsored by the AHRD through the unique voices of current and recent past editors of these journals. It then considers common themes of scholarship across the four journals that have helped to shape HRD.

The Stakeholders

Students, researchers, and scholar-practitioners in the field of HRD and related fields who are interested in learning more about the histories of the journals sponsored by the AHRD, along with their contributions to the scholarship in HRD, will benefit from reading this article.

Keywords

AHRD-sponsored journals, HRD, HRD journals, scholarship

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

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