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

Carole Elliott, Ellinger, Andrea, Kimberley S. McDonald, Julia Storberg-Walker

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-511
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Developing Human Resources
Issue number4
Early online date8 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sep 2016


  • AHRD-sponsored journals, HRD, HRD journals, scholarship

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