Special Issue on New Perspectives on Virtual Human Resource Development From Advances in Developing Human Resources

July 29, 2014 by

computer-4-571234-mWhat role does Virtual HRD play in a 24/7 work environment? Can VHRD help virtual teams overcome swift trust development barriers? How does an intranet provide opportunities for learning organizational culture? The answers to these questions and more can be found in Advances in Developing Human Resources new Special Issue on New Perspectives on Virtual Human Resource Development.

Elisabeth E. Bennett of Northeastern University prefaced the issue with her article, “Introducing New Perspectives on Virtual Human Resource Development.”

New perspectives on VHRD have been advanced by this article, and the articles following this introduction offer their own insights into VHRD. One theme that crosses several of the articles is the need to balance the social and the technical in VHRD. Thomas (2014) and Bennett (2014) draw on theories of organizational culture for understanding organizational values for learning and performance, as well expectations for access through corporate information systems. Fagan (2014) recommends viewing technology as a combination of the social and material, which is a more holistic approach similar to the gestalt of VHRD described in this article.
ADHR_72ppiRGB_powerpointNovel applications of VHRD are also addressed in this issue. McWhorter and Lynham (2014) present an initial conceptualization of how constructs in VHRD and the scenario planning process inform VSP. VSP is one way to build present and future learning capacity, helping to prepare leaders for potential future realities. Germain and McGuire (2014) model barriers and identify enablers of swift trust in virtual teams, including the role of prior cognition in developing trust when no close relationship exists among team members. Ausburn and Ausburn (2014) review theories and capabilities of screen-based virtual reality environments, which are 3D applications in which users control actions. Their article highlights the need for fidelity in virtual technologies to foster motivation to engage and experience VHRD. Fidelity, or similarity to the real world, helps people suspend disbelief in simulated and virtual settings (Bennett, 2011) and it is designed into technology during development. Each contribution in this issue addressed technology development in some form or fashion, and themes across the articles are analyzed by McWhorter (2014) in the culminating article. McWhorter (2014) found that each of the articles in this issue of Advances gave further support for VHRD and emerging themes therein suggested Technology Development is a valuable contribution to the field of HRD.
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It’s Not Too Late to Submit Your Case Study to SAGE Business Cases!

July 28, 2014 by


Did you miss your chance in March? Good news! SAGE is still looking to commission original business case studies. Please get in touch if you would like to write or submit a case!

  • Can you write, or have you written a business case study?
  • Would you like to produce a video case study?
  • Can you write an academic article on your latest research on a topical business issue?
  • Have you developed innovative datasets that need disseminating more widely?
  • Have you produced video content such as interviews, presentations and business processes in action?
  • Would you like to discuss your research on camera or take part in round table discussions?

If the answer to these is YES then SAGE is interested in hearing from you!

SAGE Business Cases is an exciting new collection containing specially repurposed and previously unpublished business cases. The collection will be hosted on the premier eBook platform SAGE Knowledge. The goal of SAGE Business Cases is to build a world-class case collection that is fully accessible to staff and students through their academic libraries. The cases will aid the teaching and understanding of business studies and come complete with full teaching notes.

What are the benefits of submitting a case?

The benefits to you as an author are significant. SAGE is pleased to offer our case authors:

  • Discoverability of your existing work on our global SAGE Knowledge platform.
  • The opportunity to have your case peer-reviewed.
  • Access to SAGE Research Methods, the award-winning platform for academic research.
  • Payment if we publish your case!

What is SAGE looking for?

We are looking for lively, interesting cases that bring business concepts and problems to life. They should engage the student with the scenario, be rich in context and detail; pose intriguing and unique business challenges for discussion and debate. We are looking for cases that discuss a range of organizations, large or small.

You may already have cases that you are using in your own teaching that, with only minor amendment, may make a wonderful addition to the SAGE Business Cases collection!

How can I get involved?

It is easy to get involved in SAGE Business Cases! If you are willing to contribute or provide guidance, then please arrange to meet with David Harrison who is looking to develop digital collections of leading global academic business commentary, reference and support. Simply email david.harrison@sagepub.co.uk!

Are Consumers More Likely to Buy Green Products?

July 25, 2014 by

environment-1445492-mRecently, concern about the environment has become a crucial public issue. Increasing governmental regulations, intensifying consumer environmentalism and growing pressure from stakeholders have made firms decide to go green (Leonidou et al., 2011; Menon and Menon, 1997). There has been a rise in eco-friendly (EF) product preferences among consumers and firms are desperate to trap this new market opportunity. In turn, green marketing is becoming more important for firms (Chen et al., 2006). An article recently published in Global Business Review entitled “Linking Environmental Awareness and Perceived Brand Eco-friendliness to Brand Trust and Purchase Intention” analyzes the relationship among perceived brand ecofriendliness (PBE), Environmental Awareness (EA) and brand trust and the effect of brand trust on EF brand purchase intention.

The abstract:

The research examines the link among environmental awareness (EA), perceived brandhome_cover ecofriendliness (PBE) and brand trust and the subsequent effect on eco-friendly (EF) brand purchase intention. The article adopted structural equation modeling approach to test the hypotheses. Data were collected from 223 Indian consumers. The results show that there is a positive relationship between EA and PBE. Consumer’s EA and perception that a brand is eco-friendly, lead to trust in the brand. Findings support that higher brand trust leads to increasing purchase intention towards the EF brand. The article adds to the existing literature by dealing with consumer perception about brand ecofriendliness and its subsequent effect on purchase intention. Contribution of this study to the academic and practice is discussed.

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How Do Employers Handle Termination Documentation?

July 24, 2014 by

woman-writing-in-the-agenda-1182878-mOne only has to do a quick internet search on job termination practices to find pages upon pages of advice ranging from legal tips to breaking the bad news. But is there a set procedure that employers follow when it comes to the documentation of a termination? That’s what authors Mike Duncan and Jillian Hill set out to explore in their article “Termination Documentation” from Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

The abstract:

In this study, we examined 11 workplaces to determine how they handleBPCQ.indd termination documentation, an empirically unexplored area in technical communication and rhetoric. We found that the use of termination documentation is context dependent while following a basic pattern of infraction, investigation, intervention, and termination. Furthermore, the primary audience of the documentation is typically legal and regulatory bodies, not the employee. We also make observations about genre, collaboration, and authorship in these documents.

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Read Journal of Marketing Education’s Special Issue on Sales Education and Training for Free!

July 23, 2014 by

class-room-990536-mWhat factors influence undergraduate business students’ decision to pursue sales education? What’s the role of self-efficacy in sales education? Can an interactive computer simulation teach students sales ethics? Journal of Marketing Education‘s Special Issue on Sales Education and Training explores these topics and more!

James W. Peltier of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Andrea L. Dixon of Baylor University collaborated on the issue’s Editor Corner:

Welcome to this Journal of Marketing Education (JME) Special Issue on Sales Education and Training. We proposed this Special Issue as demand for college graduates with a sales degree/major/minor/emphasis/interest continues to escalate. In addition to being the most common career entry point for marketing students, a 2010 Georgetown University study found that sales is a top-ranked career for a number of disciplines outside of marketing. Interestingly, sales JME(D)_72ppiRGB_powerpointranked second for students majoring in general business, economics, international business, and management. Sales ranked third for students majoring in finance, operations management, HR, and management information systems. Across campus, sales ranked second/third for students in the social, natural, and physical sciences and in liberal arts and communications.
While the demand for graduates to work in sales grows, there is a shortage of scholarly articles dealing specifically with sales curricula and sales pedagogy. In fact, the marketing education literature has been relatively slow in responding to changes in sales education and training. Of the over 800 articles published in JME’s history, only 27 papers deal with sales education (see Gray et al., 2012).
The absence of research in sales education is not due to a lack of activity or paucity of scholars in this area. According to DePaul’s Universities and Colleges Sales Education Landscape Survey, sales curricula grew from 44 U.S. programs in 2007 to 101 programs in 2011. As demand for sales-ready graduates grows, universities are trying to meet this demand by expanding curricular offerings, opening sales centers, and hiring sales faculty. We initiated this Special Issue with a goal of engaging scholars in this area and sparking additional research.
Journal of Marketing Education‘s Special Issue on Sales Education and Training includes sections focusing on recruiting and developing the student mindset, self efficacy and sales, and the classroom and teaching tools. Click here to access the table of contents and read the articles for free for the next 30 days! Make sure to click here to sign up for e-alerts and be notified about all the latest research from Journal of Marketing Education!

Using Gaming to Help Stroke Recovery

July 22, 2014 by

tablet-pc-299974-mAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 795,000 people in the United States experience a stroke every year. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke states that there are about 4 million people living in the United States living with the effects of a stroke, which can include problems such as weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, trouble using language both verbally and written, and memory issues among other complications. Recovery takes a great amount of skill, time and support. In a recent study published in Simulation and Gaming entitled “Stroke Patient Rehabilitation: A Pilot Study of an Android-Based Game,” researchers designed and tested a tablet game aimed at helping recent stroke patients recover damaged motor skills.

The abstract:

Background Cerebral vascular accidents (strokes) are the primary cause of disability worldwide and the second leading cause of death both in the Philippines and internationally. In recent years, a number of computer-based applications have been developed to assist in the stroke recovery process.

S&G_2014_C1 template.inddAim This article discusses an Android-based tablet game, FINDEX, that aids in the rehabilitation process of stroke survivors with impaired fine motor skills.

Method FINDEX was designed and developed in the Philippines. The game contains assessment and monitoring support for tracking the patient’s progress in terms of fine finger dexterity, for example, finger control, isolation and coordination, and range of motions. The baselines for data comparison and analysis were gathered through an initial test with subjects with normal hand function. Three stroke survivors then participated in a pilot study, using the game for a total of nine testing sessions.

Results Objective measures showed that patients’ dexterity did in fact improve, although it is not possible to draw strong conclusions because of the small sample size. In subsequent interviews, patients indicated that they believed that the games helped in their recovery and said that they preferred playing with the game over performing the standard therapeutic activities.

Conclusion The development of this game and the preliminary findings from the pilot study suggest that games may indeed be effective instruments for therapy.

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Did You Hear? When Rumors Are Used As Revenge At Work

July 21, 2014 by

scandal-1113908-mAccording to a 2008 study done by the publishers of the Myers-Briggs Assessment and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, 85% of employees at all levels are involved in workplace conflict to some degree. In the United States alone, time spent dealing with this conflict equates to an average of 2.8 hours weekly, or approximately $359 billion in paid hours. This conflict can take many forms, including that of workplace bullying and revenge. A recent study published in Group and Organization Management entitled “Rumor as Revenge in the Workplace” looks at rumors as retaliatory tool in an organizational setting.

The abstract:

Two studies that examined the role of revenge in rumor transmission and involved working adults as participants are reported. Study 1 used hypothetical 06GOM10_Covers.inddscenarios to manipulate organizational treatment of an employee and the believability of a rumor. Participants had higher intention to transmit a harmful rumor when the organization broke job-related promises (i.e., breached the psychological contract) and revenge motivation mediated this relationship. Believability of the rumor had no effect. Study 2 used a field survey methodology and, controlling for social desirability, replicated the results for self- and peer-reported rumor transmission behavior. Study 2 also showed that participants’ belief in negative reciprocity norm strengthened the relationship between breach and revenge motivation.

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Implications for Theory and Practice of Philanthropy in Family Businesses

July 18, 2014 by

[We're pleased to welcome Dr. Alfredo De Massis who collaborated with Giovanna Campopiano and Francesco Chirico on their paper "Firm Philanthropy in Small and Medium-Sized Family Firms: The Effects of Family Involvement in Ownership and Management" from Family Business Review.]

FBR_C1_revised authors color.inddFirm philanthropy is a relevant topic, at times considered at odds with corporations and their profitability goals. Notwithstanding, firms nowadays are involved with charity, donating their extra money, letting their employees spend part of their time in social initiatives and establishing foundations. Both from the literature and from our personal experience it emerges that for a great number of these firms families play an important role, so that this research idea has been triggered. Particularly small and medium-sized family firms have been the focus of our analysis, as extant research has focused mostly on large companies, and smaller family firms are usually more committed to their local communities and proximate stakeholders.

This research has shown that family involvement in the business is crucial and it engenders distinctive dynamics within the shareholders and the management group that affect engagement in firm philanthropy. The intersection and overlap of family and business systems engender counterintuitive issues related to the behavior of these firms with respect to firm philanthropy.

This study can be considered a pioneering contribution at the crossroads of the family business and philanthropy literatures, and our hope is that it will stimulate further research on this topic. The impact of family firms’ engagement in philanthropy on performance or on firm’s reputation, as well as the relationship between the institutional context and the firm’s behavior are just a few examples of research directions deserving attention in the near future. Finally, a number of practical implications derive from the results of this study: family firms’ owners and managers may develop strategies to engage in philanthropy, if they believe that their firms should be involved in initiatives that reflect the personal motivations and values of these business families.

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Giovanna Campopiano1Giovanna Campopiano is an assistant professor at the Chair of Business Administration and Family Entrepreneurship at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany. Her research interests mainly focus on management issues in Family Business in relation to growth, performance, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and entrepreneurial activities.

Alfredo De MassisAlfredo De Massis is the director of the Centre for Family Business at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (IEED) of Lancaster University Management School (UK) and a former professor in the area of family business at University of Bergamo (Italy), where he cofounded the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE) that he ran as deputy director until October 2013. He has been STEP Global Board member and currently serves as Chairman of the STEP European Leadership Council of the Global STEP Project for Family Enterprising. His research is focused on innovation, organizational goals, and social and behavioral issues in the context of family firms and enterprising families.

ChiricoFrancesco Chirico is an associate professor at Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO). His research stands on the intersection of entrepreneurship and strategy with a special focus on family-controlled firms. It explores the resource management processes and exit strategies that affect the realization of competitive advantage and value creation in organizations.

Is Your Research Boxed-In?

July 16, 2014 by

wooden-crate-1426375-mMany academics find themselves in an increasingly specialized area of research, which has benefits like creating an identity, increasing productivity and a feeling of belonging intellectually. Mats Alvesson and Jörgen Sandberg point out in their paper recently published in Organization Studies entitled “Habitat and Habitus: Boxed-in versus Box-Breaking Research,” that keeping within a particular research ‘box’ is a key mechanism for success within the Management and Organization Studies community. However, they argue for more ‘tolerance for box-breaking’, suggesting that by being skeptical and challenging of the field, by drawing on theories and conventions from other fields, and by deconstructing and negating dominant viewpoints in one’s own and others’ research, box changing, box jumping and box transcendence can lead to more dynamic and critical research.

The abstract:

This paper argues that scholarly work is increasingly situated in narrowly circumscribed areas of study, which are encouraging specialization, incremental adding-to-the-literature contributions and a blinkered mindset. Researchers home_coverinvest considerable time and energy in these specialized areas in order to maximize their productivity and career prospects. We refer to this way of doing research and structuring careers as boxed-in research. While such research is normally portrayed as a template for good scholarship, it gives rise to significant problems in management and organization studies, as it tends to generate a shortage of novel and influential ideas. We propose box-breaking research as a strategy for how researchers and institutions can move away from the prevalence of boxed-in research and, thus, be able to generate more imaginative and influential research results. We suggest three versions: box changing, box jumping and, more ambitiously, box transcendence.

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