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330 Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:



Shari Peterson

Associate Professor

Org Leadership, Policy/Dev
410J Wulling Hall
86 Pleasant St S E
Tel: 612/624-4980

Areas of Interest

Organizational and institutional cultures as related to:
Strategic human resource development
Employee turnover
Organizational learning
Student persistence
Faculty satisfaction


My current research is on the topic of strategic HRD. I developed a model (published in 2006) and have recently collaborated with an international colleague with whom I co-authored a paper that was presented at the 2010 AHRD conference in Shanghai. The paper was based on the survey I developed to determine the organizational factors that may lead to HRD being at the Strategic Planning Table, which my colleague and I recently pilot-tested in corporate settings. In Fall, 2011, I also will be resuming research on organizational cultures that are conducive to lowering employee turnover as well as cultures that foster organizational learning.

I have a BA degree in business administration from Drake University, after which I spent over a decade in the corporate world in marketing and management. Both my Master’s and Ph.D. are in education from the University of Minnesota.

My overarching mission is to foster and contribute to the intellectual development of adult learners. To that end, I would be delighted to work with M.A. and Ph.D. students who share an interest in any of the topics noted above and who would be willing to engage in research with me on those topics.

Selected Publications

  1. Peterson, S. (2010). Employer sponsored learning in the workplace. In C. Kasworm, A. Rose, & J. Ross-Gordon (Eds.), The 2010 handbook of adult and continuing education, (pp. 243-252). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  2. Peterson, S. (2009). Career-decision-making self-efficacy and the likelihood of retention in government agencies. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 20(4), 451-475.

  3. Peterson, S. (2008). Creating and sustaining a strategic partnership: A model for human resource development. Journal of Leadership Studies, 2(2), 82-94.

  4. Peterson, S. (2007). Managerial turnover in U.S. retail organizations. Journal of Management Development, 26(8), 770-789.

  5. Peterson, S. (2006). Strategic human resource development: Sustaining organizational cultures and retaining employees. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management (Vol. 6), 79-86.