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This slide show was designed to foster discussion about the emerging concept of Virtual HR/HRD at the 2009 Academy of Human Resource Development Conference in Washington DC

This slide show was designed to foster discussion about the emerging concept of Virtual HR/HRD at the 2009 Academy of Human Resource Development Conference in Washington DC

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  • 1. Emerging the Concept of Virtual HR Elisabeth E. Bennett, PhD AHRD 2009 Food & Thought
  • 2. Workplace Change
    • Shift underway from Baby-boom to Generation X leadership
    • Workers expectations for technology differ
    • Virtual organizations and transnational companies require different structures
    • Growth of self-service applications
    • Technology is becoming ubiquitous
    • New paradigm needed for where and how work is accomplished
  • 3. Early Interests in Virtual HR as an HRD topic
    • Connections between Knowledge Management and Organizational Culture theory (AHRD 2004)
    • Empirical study on intranets related to organizational culture and change (dissertation 2006)
    • How Organizational Culture shapes Intranet Content Development and Enables Virtual HR ( AHRD 2007)
    • Current work: Network Culture Dynamics for Advances special issue on Knowledge Management
  • 4. Virtual HR: Management
    • Virtual HR as a term started in the 1990s, also known as Web-based HR (Walker, 2001)
    • Jones’ (1998) work closest to HRD because he sees the role of HR moving from a function to advisory within the firm
    • Started from a management perspective but is moving to a strategic perspective
  • 5. Virtual HR: Development
    • Largely undefined in HRD
    • Primarily focused on the benefits of on-line learning but have branched into areas such as virtual mentoring (Bierema & Hill, 2005) and virtual teams (Workman, 2005)
    • Focus seems to be on individual learning rather than on systems
    • Micro Perspective (individual applications) vs. Macro Perspective (systems integration)
  • 6. Defining Virtual HRD How would you define Virtual HRD?
  • 7. VHRD Definition
    • Bennett (2009)
    • Virtual HRD is a media-rich and culturally relevant web environment that strategically improves expertise, performance, innovation, and community-building through formal and informal learning.
  • 8. Two Streams of Virtual HR Tensions Virtual HR Virtual HRM Virtual HRD
  • 9. Questions
    • What applications are being used or considered for HRD in your organization (chat rooms, face pages, social networking, on-line learning, etc.)?
    • How do you know postings are acceptable in your organization?
    • What degree of chaos will your organization allow?
  • 10. Virtual Worker Attributes (Colky et al.)
    • Self-motivation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Self-discipline
    • High degree of organization flexibility
    • Evidence of being a high achiever
    • Good communication skills
    • Task/results oriented
    • Able to work in isolation
    • Loyal
    • Dependable
    • Accountable
    • Skilled Technically
    • Trustworthy
    • Persistent about getting answers
    • Able to focus priorities
  • 11. Intranets and Web 2.0
    • Virtual HRD will depend on sophisticated and integrated systems: The Intranet
    • Organizations hold assumptions about how to manage knowledge and the degree of centralization needed
    • Web 2.0 depends upon collaboration and recombination of data (Vossen & Hagemann, 2007)
    • User-created content
  • 12. HRD Research
    • What are our priorities for Virtual HR research?
  • 13. References
    • Bennett, E. E. (February, 2007). How organizational culture shapes intranet content development and enables virtual HR . In the Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development, Indianapolis, IN.
    • Bennett, E. E., & Bell, A. (In Press). Knowledge Society. In C. Kasworm, J. Ross-Gordon, & A. Rose’s (Eds.) Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
    • Bierema, L. L., & Hill, J. (2005). Virtual mentoring and HRD. In S. K. Gibson & S. A. Hezlett (Eds.), Mentoring and human resource development: Current perspectives and new directions . Advances in Human Resource Development, 7 (4), 556-568.
    • Colky, D. L., Colky, M. T., & Young III, W. H. (2002). Managing and developing people in the virtual organization. Malabar , FL: Krieger.
    • Jones, W. (1998). Virtual HR: Human resources management in the information age . Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications.
    • Vossen, G., & Hagemann, S. (2007). Unleashing Web 2.0: From concepts to creativity. Amsterdan: Morgan Kaufmann.
    • Walker, A. J. (Ed.) ( 2001). Web-based human resources: The technologies and trends that are transforming HR . New York: McGraw-Hill

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