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Editor's Notes

Note from incoming editor

I feel honoured to be taking over the editorship of NZJHRM from Associate Professor Suchi Mouly. I have a strong personal attachment with NZJHRM as it was the place my first refereed journal article was published [way back in 2001!], and I have subsequently published more work here throughout the years. Seven years on and a host of experience later, I am looking forward to providing energy, focus, and some new ideas to NZJHRM. Being an editor has major implications and responsibilities - not only for providing some development towards the academic field of HRM in New Zealand, but also in developing, nurturing and inspiring new and emerging academics and practitioners to share their research with our readers. With these responsibilities also comes a feeling of true excitement. I believe this is a role that is worth getting excited about, and I intend to use this excitement and my enthusiasm to propel the journal forward for the next three years. I am looking forward to relishing the opportunity to develop NZJHR, So what is my vision for NZJHRM and what do I plan to do?

Development: I see this as a major function of NZJHRM and a major focus of my editor role – to develop emerging academics and writing practitioners in the HRM field, to ensure that worthy stories are made available to our readers. The PBRF landscape seeks to encourage publication in the first step but like most things, one must learn to walk before one runs. It is my intention to focus on developing our HRM talent to ensure that work that is useful, critical, and engaging to our reader base is published. Aligned with this, I will be encouraging and working through with emerging scholars to ensure their work is, or becomes, of publishable quality. Consequently, as editor I am seeking to engage new academics to consider NZJHRM as a journal where work can be improved and enhanced with a strong editorial system that seeks to encourage, develop and nurture your work, rather than provide a system that has a strong critique and rejection focus. While we must be ever mindful of quality, where work has the potential to engage and teach our readers, NZJHRM will seek to develop this work to ensure there are benefits for author and reader alike.

That said – I would also like to encourage established authors to consider NZJHRM as a suitable outlet for their research! Can I encourage our more established academics to consider NZJHRM as a vehicle for developing their graduate students and a place where collaborative works with emerging and potential academics can gain a foothold in their academic careers! To this end it is my intention to hold a few writing workshops each year with the sole aim of providing a forum for ensure papers are developed to the stage of publication. Ideally at a few varied locations throughout the year (e.g. Auckland, Wellington etc.), I will meet with authors to talk about and develop their potential papers towards the final publication in NZJHRM. I see the process as being an ‘invited call’ where authors will submit their work to NZJHRM, it will be subsequently reviewed, and then we will meet and I will talk one-on-one with authors, outlining the strengths and areas for improvement from the submission, then ultimately drive the work towards publication. This will be an invitation open to all – established and emerging, and academic and practitioner (read more below).

Inclusiveness: The NZJHRM Board is mindful, and I am in agreement, of the nature of HRM and the application of lessons in a globalised world. What occurs in New Zealand may be applicable to other countries – in particular our nearest and larger neighbour. Similarly, our neighbours, including those in the Pacific Rim, may provide us here in New Zealand with lessons that ultimately teach us more about HRM. To this endeavour, NZJHRM will seek to encourage papers from academics and practitioners outside of New Zealand. If the findings and implications of papers can be transferable to our New Zealand setting i.e. provide value and understanding of the role of HRM in our local context, then we are interested in publishing your work! While clearly we are a New Zealand journal, we are seeking to extend our coverage to be inclusive of other sources. For example, lessons learnt from dealing with indigenous workers from the Pacific Islands would clearly be of value to New Zealand readers given the ethnicity mix of the New Zealand workforce and the dearth of knowledge we have about such diversity in the New Zealand workplace. Indeed, such research would have value to many countries including those in the Pacific Rim.

Practitioner Focus: We should never lose sight of the fact that our dominant reader base is practicing HRM professionals. Sometimes academic work can be so abstract and theory-based that the implication for managers and HRM professionals becomes clouded. As such, a new focus of the journal under my watch will be to encourage the inclusion of a concluding paragraph which details the implications for HRM from the paper. While this might not be applicable for all papers, it is important that the fundamental lessons of research papers are applied in a manner that our readers can understand, engage and learn from.

Academic v. Practitioner: Aligned with the points made above, is my encouragement towards practitioners to submit works to the journal. Clearly, there is an academic focus of all journals and NZJHRM is no different. However, practitioners have a different focus, and perhaps, a more applied focus to their work. Clearly there is a need from our readers for case studies and research that while still academically based, has a more applied focus with strong implications and lessons for the HRM professional. Can I encourage practitioners to see NZJHRM as a forum where larger works than those typically seen in our associated vehicle Human Resources Magazine can be published. While the academic focus of NZJHRM does provide some inherent requirements, I suggest our new editorial focus of development may make the process of submission and publication less painful than you might initially think!

Well, enough talk. Time for action!
For those who follow NZJHRM please be aware that I will be targeting the ANZAM Conference in Auckland in December this year as a source for potential publication material. Do not be surprised to see me saddle up next to you after your presentation and ask if you have considered NZJHRM as a place to get your story out! Aligned with all the above, is the realisation that I need your help – without submissions NZJHRM will fade quietly into the background, and that’s not something I want on my watch! So, please start emailing me and asking questions and submitting papers. The more we get the better! Remember, our new focus is to develop your work so our readings can learn something new and insightful. Try us out – I’m hoping you’ll be surprised! 

All the best,

Associate Professor Jarrod Haar
Editor, NZJHRM, 2008

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