Key Professional Appointments

Board of DirectorAcademy of Human Resource Development, 2014 - present

Associate ProfessorEPOL, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2013 - present

Regional EditorJournal of Chinese Human Resource Development, 2013 - present

Associate EditorInternational Human Resource Development, 2012 - present

ChairCutting Edge Research Award Committee, AHRD, 2012 - 2014

Assistant ProfessorEPOL, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2011 - 2013

Assistant ProfessorLearning Technologies, University of North Texas, 2006 - 2011

Clinical Assistant ProfessorEducation Administration and Human Resource Develo, Texas A&M University, 2003 - 2006

ManagerRaytheon Company, 2002 - 2003

Senior ManagerThe Antioch Company, 2001 - 2002

Group ManagerNokia, 1999 - 2001

ManagerMotorola, 1994 - 1999


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, North China University of Technology

M.S., Manufacturing Engineering Technology, East Tennessee State University

Ph.D., Human Resource Development, The Pennsylvania State University

Awards, Honors, Associations

Highly Commended Paper of 2013Emerald Literati Network2013 Award for Excellence, 2014 - 2014

Research Excellence AwardInternational Federation of Training and Development Organization, 2014 - 2014

Outstanding Paper Award 2012Emerald Literati Network, 2012 - 2012

Cutting Edge Research AwardAcademy of Human Resource Development, 2011 - 2011

Chair of SIG on China HRDAcademy of Human Resource Development, 2009 - present

Learning Technology Innovation of the YearDallas County Community College District, 2009 - 2009

Cutting Edge Research AwardAcademy of Human Resource Development, 2007 - 2007

Research & Service

As a scholar in the field of Human Resource Development, Dr. Li’s primary interest is to unleash human potential within individuals’ work, communities and societal contexts. Individuals and organizations are experiencing changes brought on by globalization, technology advancement, economic development, and shifts in workforce demographics.
Both individuals and organizations need to not only understand the impact of these changes, but also they need to develop strategies to adapt and thrive.

From the perspective of the individual learners, she is interested in investigating how the internet and mobile technologies could change or have changed an individual’s learning and communication. Dr. Li is also interested in an individual’s behavior while in teams, virtual teams, community of practices, virtual community of practices, and etc. She also would like to help develop strategies to influence and enhance learning outcomes and promote performance improvement.

From the perspective of the organizations, Dr. Li is interested in examining corporate learning practices, such as the use of corporate university or talent development and management as an overarching strategy to develop systematic processes that include mentoring and coaching, career development, learning and development, work redesign, to enhance employee development, retain talent and improve organization performance.

As a scholar with extensive international experience, she also conducts research in China and other countries for comparative studies to promote cross-culture understanding. She is interested in the impact of Chinese economic development on employees’ work related values and attitudes, and generational differences. Dr. Li also belongs to a team of international scholars that study and compare human resource development issues among BRIC countries.


Li, J. (2015) Connecting the dots: Understanding culture differences is the key in customizing HRD research and practice around the world Human Resource development International 18 (2)

Cho, Y., McLean, G., Amornpipat, I., Chang, W., & Li, J. (2015) Asian Women in Top Management: Eight Country Cases Human Resource development International 18

Korte, R., & Li, J. (2015) Exploring the organization socialization of Engineers in Taiwan Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management

Alsufyev, A., Tsybova, V., Zavyalova, E., Ardichvili, A., & Li, J. (2015) HRD practices and Innovative performance in BRIC countries: Comparative analysis...

Li, J., & Zahran, M. (2014) Influences of emotional intelligence on transformational leadership and leader-member exchange in Kuwait. International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management 14 (1/2/3), 74-96

Huang, J., Ouyang, Z., & Li, J. (2014) HRD and its Development in China. The Routledge Companion to HRD Routledge: London, UK

Li, J., & Dong, X. (2013) Increasing the influence of corporate University Corporate University

Li, J. (2013) Web-based technology and the changing landscape of HRD Human Resource Development International. 16 (3)

Ardichvili, A., Jondle, D., Wiley, J., Cornacchione, E., & Li , J. (2013) Building ethical business cultures: BRIC by BRIC The European Business Review (March - April), 22-25

Huang, W., Li, J., & Lin, M. (2013) Game-based virtual-world environments to better engage lifelong learners for open courseware and open learning. Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tool for Lifelong Learning IGI Global: Hershey, PA

Yeo, R., & Li, J. (2013) In pursuit of learning: sensemaking the quality of work life European Journal of Training and Development 37 (2), 136-160 link >

Liu, A., & Li, J. (2012) Exploring the corporate university phenomenon: The development and implementation of a comprehensive survey Human Resource Development Quarterly 23 (1), 103-126

Li, J., & Madsen, J. (2011) Business ethics and workplace guanxi in Chinese SOEs: A qualitative study. Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management 2 (2)

Li, J., D’Souza, D., & Du, Y. (2011) Exploring the contribution of virtual worlds to organizational learning Human Resource Development Review 10 (3), 264-285 link >

Li, J., & Madsen, J. (2010) Examining Chinese managers’ work related values and attitudes Chinese Management Studies 4 (1), 57-76

Li, J., Brake, G., Champion, A., Fuller, T., Gabel, S., & Hatcher-Busch, L. (2009) Knowledge accessibility and workplace learning. Journal of Workplace Learning 21 (4), 347-364

Li, J., & Nimon, K. (2008) The Importance of recognizing generational differences in HRD policy and practices: A study of workers in Qinhuangdao, China Human Resource Development International 11 (2), 167-182

Alagaraja, M., & Li, J.. Utilizing institutional perspectives to investigate the emergence, rise and (relative) decline of corporate universities Human Resource Development International. 18 (1)

Li, J.. Open Educational Resources (OER)’s usage and barriers: A study from Zhejiang University, China..


Principal InvestigatorOptimizing Student Learning Outcomes: A Comparative Study of Onsite, Virtual and Remote Laboratories in Electrical Engineering, National Science Foundation (University of North Texas), 9/1/2011 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2014 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorA Cross Generational Comparative Study: A Changing Work Ethic in China?, Campus Research Board, 3/7/2012 12:00:00 AM - 8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM


Memeber of Board of DirectorsAcademy of Human Resource Development, 2014 - present

Chair, Cutting Edge Research CommitteeAcademy of Human Resource Development, 2012 - 2014

Associate EditorHuman Resource Development International, 2012 - present


Principles of HRE Study of the basic concepts and practices of education for and about work: its philosophical foundations and historical development, mission and goals, structure and function, curricular areas of emphasis, learner audiences served and settings in which programs are conducted, and issues and trends affecting program change. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

Organization Development Addresses the history, concepts, theories, and techniques of Organization Development as applied in Human Resource Education; emphasis on creating, managing, and sustaining system-wide change in public and private organizations; organized around diagnosis, implementation, and evaluation of individual, team, and organization-wide interventions.

International HRD Course is designed to provide insights into international HRD at macro and micro levels. Course will cover: cross-cultural issues in international HRD; design and delivery of international HRD programs; HRD practices and programs in different regions of the world; national HRD programs; expatriate training and training in multinational corporations.

Jessica Li

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



354 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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