Akdere receives research excellence award

Mesut AkdereMesut Akdere, professor of human resource development in Purdue Polytechnic’s Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation, and co-author Toby Egan, associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, received the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award.

Akdere and Egan were recognized for their research article, “Transformational leadership and human resource development: Linking employee learning, job satisfaction, and organizational performance.”

The award is given to the author(s) of the outstanding refereed research article in each annual volume of Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ) and is named after the journal’s first editor. Awardees are selected for advancing the state of scholarship in human resource development (HRD), provoking thought and directing attention toward critical challenges/issues facing HRD by making a new knowledge contribution to the field, and representing the mission of HRDQ.

A committee solicits nominations for the award and evaluates nominees based on theoretical and/or practical importance of the problem, appropriateness of approach and/or methods used, extent to which the results justify the conclusions, and quality of reporting.

“Given the high quality of the other articles in the journal, this is quite a prestigious award,” said Stephen Elliott, head of the Department of Technology Leadership & Innovation and professor of computer and information technology.

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