College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Kenneth Bartlett

  • Professor; Hellervik Chair in Leadership and Adult Career Development

Kenneth Bartlett

Areas of interest

Human resource development
International training and development
Organization change
Leadership development
Vocational education/career and technical education policy


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



My program of research examines the process, outcomes, and context of human resource development, training, lifelong learning, and organizational change. This includes issues of strategic planning, human resource development, and organizational development for organizations in the for-profit, not-for-profit, and public sector, as well as higher education. I also conduct research and provide workshops focused on international aspects of vocational education and training/career and technical education and leadership development in post-secondary and higher education. My most recent interests are exploring links between heritage tourism and training and development.

Course taught

OLPD 8087—HRD Doctoral Capstone Research Experience

Honors and awards

Meritorious Service Award from the University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education in recognition of impact from research, teaching, and service to the broad field of workforce, career and technical, and human resource education (2017)
Naradhip Bongsprabandha Plaque of Honor awarded by the National Institute for Development and Administration, Thailand on occasion of the 50th Foundation Anniversary for recognition of service to academic development in Thailand (2016)
Visiting Scholar, Oxford University, Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organizational Performance (SKOPE), England (2014)
Invited Visiting Scholar, Ministry of Higher Education, Academic Leadership Center, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2013-2017)
Research Associate with the New Zealand Work Research Institute - Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand (2013)
University Council for Workforce and Human Resource Education inaugural Nexus Research Award (2012)
Editor Recognition Award, for service to Advances in Developing Human Resources, Academy of Human Resource Development (2010)


Bartlett, K. R., Madsen, S., Valesano, M., & Feng, Y. (2022 – In press). Asilomar: A historical study of the role of the YWCA in women’s leadership development as an absent narrative in the history of HRD. Human Resource Development Review, 24.

Liu, Y., Keller, R. T., & Bartlett, K. R. (2021). Initiative climate, psychological safety and knowledge sharing as predictors of team creativity: A multilevel study of research and development project teams. Creativity and Innovation Management30(3), 498-510.

Bartlett, K. R., Jang, S., Feng, Y., & Aderibigbe, E. (2021). A cinematic analysis of the leadership behaviors of Robin Hood. Human Resource Development International, 24(2), 151-172

Johnson, K. R., Park, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2018). Perceptions of customer service orientation, training, and employee engagement in Jamaica’s hospitality sector. European Journal of Training and Development, 42(3/4), 191-209. <>

Rurkkhum, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2018). Organizational citizenship behaviour for collectivist cultures: Measurement development and human resource development implications. Human Resource Development International. 21 (2), 107-124. doi:10.1080/13678868.2017.1400820

Jeong, S., McLean, G. N., McLean, L. D., Yoo, S., & Bartlett, K. R. (2017). The moderating role of non-controlling supervision and organizational learning culture on employee creativity: The influences of domain expertise and creative personality. European Journal of Training and Development 41(7), pp.647-666. doi:10.1108/EJTD-03-2017-0025

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.).  Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing (pp.268-286).

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.