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Kenneth Bartlett

Professor; Associate Dean of Faculty Development and International Initiatives

104 BuH
178 Pillsbury Dr SE


Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, human resource development
M.Sc., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leisure studies
B.P. & R. Mgt., Lincoln University, New Zealand, parks and recreation management


Areas of Interest

Outcomes of Human Resource Development; Employee Engagement; International Human Resource Development; Organization Development and Change; Leadership and Innovation in Higher Education; Workforce Planning and Education; Human Resource Development in Tourism


I was born and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating from Lincoln University in New Zealand with a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation management. Prior to my graduate study I worked in a variety of positions related to recreation management and human resource development (HRD) in both New Zealand and the United States. After completing my graduate education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign I commenced my academic career at the University of Minnesota in 1999. In 2006 I was appointed as chair of the Department of Work and Human Resource Education. I am currently professor in the Human Resource Development program area within the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and International Initiatives in the College of Education and Human Development having previously served  a three-year term as Associate Dean for Graduate, Professional, and International Programs. During my academic leadership career, I have actively sought professional development opportunities to enhance my skills as a thoughtful, visionary, and strategic leader. I participated as a fellow in the Academic Leadership Program run by The Big Ten Academic Alliance (formally the Committee on Institutional Cooperation) and the Minnesota Partnership for Executive Leader Development - a year-long cooperative leadership development initiative with the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and University system to prepare future senior level academic administrators. During 2015 I completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education

My research program is focused on the process and organizational outcomes of HRD. Within this focus, I am pursuing four areas of research. My first research area examines attitude and performance changes that individuals and organizations experience as a result of HRD with the major thrust of this scholarship on the relationship between HRD, organizational commitment, and employee engagement. The second major focus of my current research relates to international HRD. The third research stream is related to the workforce planning and vocational education and training (VET). My final research area examines HRD in the leisure and tourism industry.

I have been involved in research and teaching activities throughout the United States and around the world. I have conducted research, taught classes and workshops, as well as consulted on projects in countries including New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Australia, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China, Jamaica, Georgia, Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Portugal, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

My teaching at the University of Minnesota has included a wide variety of courses in adult education and human resource development as well as research methods.

Professional Affiliations

Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD)

  • Board of Directors AHRD Foundation (2016-present)
  • Board of Directors (elected term 2003-2005)
  • Vice President of Research (elected 2004-2005)
  • Advances in Developing Human Resources: Editor-in-Chief (2007-2009)  Associate Editor-in-Chief (2004-2007)
  • Human Resource Development Quarterly: Editorial Board Member (2013-present)   

Academy of Management (AOM)

American Vocational Education Research Association

Selected Publications

  1. Salk, R. J., Bartlett, K. R., & Schneider, I. E. (2016). Organizational learning: An approach to enhance diversity and inclusion. In I. Schneider & B. D. Kivel (Eds.), Diversity and inclusion in the recreation profession: Organizational perspectives (3rd ed, pp.268-286). Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing.

  2. Bartlett, K. R., Johnson, K. R., & Schneider, I. E. (2016). Comparing strategic human resource development approaches for tourism and hospitality workforce planning. Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality and Tourism, 15(4), 1-22.

  3. Bartlett, K. R., & Harris, R. (2015). Human resource development in Australia and New Zealand. In R. Poell, T. Rocco, & G. Roth (Eds.), Routledge companion to human resource development (pp. 479-491). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

  4. Chaudhuri, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2014). The relationship between training outsourcing and employee commitment to the organization. Human Resource Development International, 17(2), 145-163. doi: 10.1080/13678868.2014.886444

  5. Kang, D., & Bartlett, K. R. (2013). The role of external prestige in predicting customer-oriented organizational citizenship behaviors. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 24(3), 285-312. DOI: 10.1002/hrdq.21165

  6. Johnson, K. R., & Bartlett, K. R.  (2013).  The role of tourism in national human resource development: A Jamaican Perspective. Human Resource Development International, 16(2), 205-219.

  7. Rurkkhun, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2012). The relationship between employee engagement and organizational citizenship behavior in Thailand. Human Resource Development International, 15(2), 157-174.

  8. Johnson, M. H., Bartlett, K. R., Cunningham, P., Lynham, S. A., & Von der Marwitz, J. (2010). A necessary dialogue: A South African case study exploring the role of national HRD in HIV/AIDS non government organizations. Human Resource Development International, 13(2), 165-183.

  9. Bartlett, K. R., & Foster, R. D. (2009). Using music to enhance the human resource education of the iPod® generation. Journal of Human Resources Education 3(4), 5-19.

  10. Papuni, H. T., & Bartlett, K. R. (2006). Maori and Pakeha perspectives of adult learning in Aotearoa/New Zealand workplaces. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 8(3), 400-407.

  11. Bartlett, K. R. (2005). Survey research. In R. A. Swanson & E. F. Holton (Eds.), Research in organizations: Foundations and methods of inquiry (pp.97-113). San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.

  12. Bober, C. F., & Bartlett, K. R. (2004). Corporate university utilization of human resource development evaluation. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 15(4), 363-383.

  13. Bartlett, K. R., & Kang, D. S. (2004). Training in organizational commitment in response to industry and organizational change in New Zealand and the United States. Human Resource Development International, 7(4), 423-440.

  14. Egan, T. M., Yang, B., & Bartlett, K. R. (2004). The effects of organizational learning culture and job satisfaction on motivation to transfer learning and turnover intention. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 15(3), 279-301

  15. Bartlett, K. R., & Rodgers, J. (2004). Human resource development as national policy in the Pacific Islands. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 6(3), 307-314.

  16. Bartlett, K. R., Lawler, J. J., Bae, J., Chen, S. J., &. Wan, T. W. D. (2002). Differences in human resource development among indigenous firms and multinational affiliates in East and Southeast Asia. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 13(4), 383-405.

  17. Bartlett, K. R. (2001). The relationship between training and organizational commitment: A study in the health care field. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 12(4), 333-352.

  18. Updated November 7, 2016