The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) was founded on May 7, 1993, to encourage the systematic study of Human Resource Development (HRD) theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe. This remains the mission today. The organization’s vision is "Leading Human Resource Development through Research.”
The Professor’s Network of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and the University Council for Research on HRD provided the catalyst for the development of AHRD. The combined goal of wanting to advance the profession through research and scholarship realigned the two groups into the newly formed and independent Academy of Human Resource Development. The founder and first president, R. Wayne Pace, was a professor at Brigham Young University and is now retired, but still participates in AHRD activities.
Currently, AHRD sponsors three International Research Conferences per year: in the Americas, in Europe (in cooperation with the University Forum on HRD), and in Asia; publishes four journals (Advances in Developing Human Resources, Human Resource Development International, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and Human Resource Development Review); and has approximately 700 members across the world.
For more details please visit the website – www.ahrd.org