Pre - Conference


An Interactive Session on:

I) Engaging in Non-empirical Research: A Road to Successful Publication

Sponsored by
Human Resource Development Review

About HRDR

Human Resource Development Review (HRDR) is one of the premier journals in the field of Human Resource Development with the highest impact factor and listing in SSCI.

Session Focus

Four types of research — literature review, conceptual, critical and theory or model-building research.


1.) How to create high-quality non-empirical manuscripts that will be accepted for publication in International journals.

2.) To create deeper understanding in:

  • Different types (or epistemologies) of non-empirical research;
  • Value and purpose of non-empirical articles; and
  • Tips for creating high-quality non-empirical research articles.


Jia Wang
Incoming Editor-in-Chief, HRDR
Texas A&M University
Julia Storberg
Editor-in-Chief, HRDR
George Washington University

II) Structured On-the-Job Training (S-OJT): Theory and Implementation

Current global economic challenges require that companies make wise decisions on how they train their employees. This highly interactive workshop introduces structured on-the-job training (S-OJT) and describes how to design, deliver, and evaluate this training approach. By the conclusion, participants should have sufficient information to decide how they might use S-OJT in their own situations.

S-OJT was first developed by Dr. Jacobs in the 1980s to help organizations respond to demands for greater productivity. S-OJT has since become one of the most frequently used training approach for many companies. Today, S-OJT is especially well suited to help companies address an emerging human resource issue: How to reduce the cost of training without affecting training effectiveness.

During the past 30 years, Dr. Jacobs and his colleagues have conducted numerous research and development projects on S-OJT, which have shown the following benefits:

Workshop Outcomes

By the conclusion of this highly interactive workshop, participants will:

A. Understand how changing employee competence requirements has promoted the use of S-OJT
B. Understand what is meant by S-OJT and how it differs from OJT
C. Understand the outcomes that have been achieved through S-OJT
D. Understand how S-OJT has been implemented in global organizations
E. Understand the theory and research implications and opportunities of S-OJT for HRD scholars.

Registration Fee

Included in the registration fee will be a set of handouts and worksheets. A limited number of English-language versions of the book, Structured on-the-job training: Unleashing employee expertise in the workplace (2003) will be for sale at the workshop.


Dr. Ronald L. Jacobs, Ph.D. is professor of Human Resource Development, University of Illinois, USA. Dr. Jacobs has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, four books on human resource development topics. Dr. Jacobs is particularly known for introducing the training approach, structured on-the-job training, in 1987. He is the author of the book, Structured On-the-Job Training: Unleashing Employee Expertise in the Workplace (2003, 2nd edition), which has become the standard guide to help implement this training approach in organizations.

Since 1980, Dr. Jacobs has been responsible for the graduate training of over 300 HRD professionals. More than 30 of his Ph.D. graduates now teach HRD-related subjects in universities globally. Dr. Jacobs has been an invited speaker and instructor at numerous conferences and universities in Europe and Asia.

In 1994, he received the instructional technology research award from ASTD. In 1995 he was recognized for his scholarly contributions by the Academy of Human Resource Development. From 1998-2001, Dr. Jacobs served as the editor of the Human Resource Development Quarterly, the major scholarly journal of the human resource development field.

Dr. Jacobs has extensive consulting experience, having worked with numerous national and international organizations, including companies in the Gulf Middle East, China, Taiwan, and Korea.

III) Writing for Publication

In today’s academic environment, especially in Asia, faculty members are facing more and more pressure not only to publish research, but also to publish that research in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals. Most of these journals are published out of the United States or the United Kingdom. The standards and expectations of academia in Asia appear to be very different from those expected by international journals, making it difficult for Asian faculty members to get published in these journals.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with the opportunity to explore such differences in expectations across the two cultures. Through interactive, hands-on work, participants will be able to apply the principles and processes used by international journals to improve their writing. Ultimately, the goal of the workshop is to help participants understand why they face difficulties in getting published in highly ranked international journals and what they need to do to meet the expectations of these journals. With this outcome, they will improve their possibilities for promotion requirements of research and dissemination.

Workshop Agenda Registration Fee

Included in the registration fee will be a set of handouts and worksheets.


Dr. Gary N. McLean, president, McLean Global Consulting, teaches in the PhD, HROD, program, NIDA (National Institute for Development Administration) in Thailand and in a master’s program, Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico. He was Senior Professor, Texas A&M University, and is professor emeritus and co-founder of the HRD program, University of Minnesota. He has supervised 104 doctoral students to completion. He was President, Academy of HRD and International Management Development Association. He is former editor of several peer-reviewed journals: Human Resource Development Quarterly (Associate Editor and Editor), Human Resource Development International (General Editor), Journal of Education for Business (Executive and Consulting Editor), Transnational Management Development Journal (North American Editor), HROD NIDA Journal (Associate Editor), and editor of several issues of Advances in Developing Human Resources. He authors or co-authors an average of ten peer-reviewed journal articles a year, more than half of which are published in SSCI-ranked journals. He has authored or edited over 20 books, including an award-winning text, and contributes chapters regularly to edited issues. He is currently co-editor of a book series and five books on Asian Women in Leadership. As a result of his scholarship, he has been installed in two halls of fame and has received an honorary PhD. His research interests focus on organization development and national and international HRD.

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Engaging in Non-empirical Research: A Road to Successful Publication

Jia Wang, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, HRDR

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Writing for Publication in International Journals

Gary N. McLean
McLean Global Consulting, Inc.
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Creating the Future for HRD

Impact and Relevance in HRD Scholarly –Practice

Dr Rick Holden
Liverpool Business School

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