Calls for papers


International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management
International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management


Special Issue on: “Self-Directed Learning, Knowledge Management and Human Resource Development”

Guest Editors:
Lars Mitlacher, Mannheim, Germany
Michael Beitler, UNG at Greensboro, USA
Lucy Guglielmino and Paul Guglielmino, Florida Atlantic University, USA

The concept of self-directed learning has a long tradition. The most popular definition of self-directed learning (SDL) is that of Knowles who defines SDL as a process in which “individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others, in diagnosing their learning needs, formulating learning goals, identifying human and material resources for learning, choosing and implementing appropriate learning strategies and evaluating learning outcomes“. Researchers have explored self-directed learning from a wide range of angles. However as the demands for lifelong learning continue to grow, a more complete understanding of self-direction in learning and the relationship between SDL and other research areas such as knowledge management or HR development is essential. Additionally, models for integrating the preparation for self directed learning in different areas are needed.

The special issue intends to serve as a forum for the most recent research results on self-direction in learning, new developments in the application of self-directed learning in diverse settings and professions, new insights on the relationship of self-directed learning and other fields like knowledge management, HR development and performance as well as suggestions on how to develop and strengthen self-directed learning propensities and abilities.

Papers should address aspects of self-directed learning focusing on the relationship between self-directed learning, knowledge management and HR development. However papers exploring the relationship between self-directed learning and other areas are also welcome.

Subject Coverage
Suggested questions and focal areas include but are not limited to:
  • SDL and knowledge management
  • SDL and information sharing
  • SDL and HR development
  • SDL in different professions (e.g. medicine, consulting, business administration, education)
  • SDL aspects of lifelong learning
  • Theory, research methods, conceptualisations and SDL applications
  • SDL and schools (elementary to higher education and professional education)
  • SDL and performance (on the individual and company level)
  • SDL and team work
  • SDL and organisation/organisational structures
  • SDL and job satisfaction
  • SDL and creativity, innovation and skill development
  • SDL in small and medium sized businesses
  • SDL in the public sector and non-profit organisations
  • SDL and e-learning
  • SDL and culture
  • SDL and productivity (measured by per capita income and capita GDP)
  • SDL and HR instruments (selection, appraisal, performance)
We invite theoretical, conceptual or empirical papers that address these (and other) critical issues in the field of self-directed learning, knowledge management and HR development. Papers should add value both to theory-building and practice.

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submissions should be sent no later than: 31 May 2007