16th International Conference on Human Resource Development and Practice Across Europe

The 16th International Conference on Human Resource Development and Practice across Europe takes place in University College Cork (Ireland) from 3rd-5th June 2015. With ca. 350 attendees from all over the world, blended from practitioners and academics in the area of human resource development, the conference is a huge success. 

Professor Sandra Robinson (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) gave a keynote presentation on 3rd June looking at the role of trust in HRD, sharing very interesting research, including that, sometimes, too much trust can have negative outcomes (such as reduced performance in teams or reduced negotiated outcomes for individuals), which she calls ‘the dark side’ of trust.

Professor Michael Morley (University of Limerick, Ireland) gave a keynote presentation on 4th June on evidence-based cross-cultural management, showing that while academia has indeed come far in research in this area, there is still quite some way to go in order to unpack the contextual landscape in different countries, which could better inform research in the countries (Western, English-speaking) which have a track record in publications in this space.

Professor David Collings (Dublin City University, Ireland) gave a keynote presentation on 4th June on talent management and human resource development, sharing that this field still has some way to go to bridge the gap between practitioner and academic research.

I personally was involved in two papers at the conference. One looking at the interplay between exclusive talent management practices, perceived organizational justice, and employee engagement; the other looking at the talent management of Millennials through social exchange theory. Both were very well received and interesting comments and feedback were shared.

Congratulations to Ronan Carbery (UCC), the conference chair, and to UCC for hosting the conference. Next year’s conference will take place in Manchester Metropolitan University. Also congratulations to two of my colleagues from Maynooth University, Dr Paul Donovan and Dr Na Fu, whose paper on the Transfer of Training as Measured by Return on Investment received an award at the conference.