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Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research & Service

As a scholar in the field of human resource development, my primary interest is to unleash human potentials within their work, community, and societal context. Individuals and organizations are experiencing changes brought by globalization, technology advancement, economic development, and shift in workforce demographics. Both individuals and organizations should understand the impact of these changes and develop strategies to cope and move forward.
From the perspective of the individual learners, she is interested in investigating how the Internet and mobile technology can potentially change or have changed people’s learning and communication behaviors in teams, virtual teams, community of practices, and virtual community of practices to develop strategies to influence and enhance learning outcomes and promote performance improvement.
From the perspective of the organizations, she 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, and work redesign to enhance employee development, retain talent, and improve organizational 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 Chinese economic development has on employees’ work-related values and attitudes and generational differences. She also belongs to a team of international scholars that study and compare human resource development issues among BRIC countries.


Cho, Y., Li, J., & Chaudhuri, S. (2020). Preface: Women Entrepreneurs in Asia: Eight Country Studies. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 22(2), 115-123. https://doi.org/10.1177/1523422320907042  link >

Cho, Y., Li, J., & Chaudhuri, S. (Eds.) (2020). Women Entrepreneurs in Asia: Eight Country Studies. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 22(2).

James, M. X., Colemean, X. Y., & Li, J. (Accepted/In press). Comparison of cross-generational work values of the millennial generation and their parents in the People's Republic of China. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-03-2020-0051  link >

Li, J., Ghosh, R., & Nachmias, S. (2020). A special issue on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on work, worker, and workplace!? Implications for HRD research and practices in time of crisis. Human Resource Development International, 23(4), 329-332. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1780715  link >

Li, J., Cho, Y., & Chaudhuri, S. (2020). Conclusion: Learnings From Eight Country Studies on Women Entrepreneurs in Asia. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 22(2), 227-235. https://doi.org/10.1177/1523422320907051  link >

Li, J., Huang, M. T., Hedayati-Mehdiabadi, A., Wang, Y., & Yang, X. (2020). Development and validation of work ethic instrument to measure Chinese people's work-related values and attitudes. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 31(1), 49-73. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21374  link >

Li, J., Ghosh, R., & Nachmias, S. (2020). In a time of COVID-19 pandemic, stay healthy, connected, productive, and learning: words from the editorial team of HRDI. Human Resource Development International, 23(3), 199-207. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1752493  link >

Li, J. (2020). Join the fight against poverty: utilizing HRD practices to support pathways to sustainable employment and decent work. Human Resource Development International, 23(1), 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1701222  link >

Li, J., Sun, J. Y., Wang, L., & Ke, J. (2020). Second-Generation Women Entrepreneurs in Chinese Family-Owned Businesses: Motivations, Challenges, and Opportunities. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 22(2), 124-136. https://doi.org/10.1177/1523422320907043  link >

Li, J., & Zehr, S. M. (2020). The wellbeing of communities, large and small: a ponderance of HRD. Human Resource Development International, 23(2), 103-107. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2020.1726604  link >

Li, J., Wong, S. C., Yang, X., & Bell, A. (2020). Using feedback to promote student participation in online learning programs: evidence from a quasi-experimental study. Educational Technology Research and Development, 68(1), 485-510. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-019-09709-9  link >

Ju, B., & Li, J. (2019). Exploring the impact of training, job tenure, and education-job and skills-job matches on employee turnover intention. European Journal of Training and Development, 43(3-4), 214-231. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-05-2018-0045  link >

Li, J. (2019). Celebrating the beginning of the next 20 years. Human Resource Development International, 22(1), 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2019.1550905  link >

Li, J., Han, S. H., & Fu, S. (2019). Exploring the relationship between students’ learning styles and learning outcome in engineering laboratory education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 43(8), 1064-1078. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2018.1449818  link >

Li, J. (2019). Frame your research in the field of HRD and with cultural sensitivity: important considerations for publications in HRDI. Human Resource Development International, 22(2), 113-115. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2019.1572242  link >

Yeo, R., & Li, J. (2019). From Narrow to Open: Improving Learning Readiness through Learning Orientation. International Journal of Human Resource Development Practice Policy & Research, 4(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.22324/ijhrdppr.4.103  link >

Li, J. (2018). Editorial 21(2)–HRDI. Human Resource Development International, 21(2), 71-73. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2018.1438164  link >

Li, J., Hedayati-mehdiabadi, A., Choi, J., Wu, F., & Bell, A. (2018). Talent management process in Asia: A multiple case study. European Journal of Training and Development, 42(7/8), 499-516. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-04-2018-0035  link >

Wang, F., Liu, L., Yu, Y., Li, G., Li, J., Shafie-Khah, M., & Catalão, J. P. S. (2018). Impact analysis of customized feedback interventions on residential electricity load consumption behavior for demand response. Energies, 11(4), [770]. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11040770  link >

Zavyalova, E., Alsufyev, A., Krakovetskaya, I., Lijun, W., & Li, J. (2018). Personnel development in Chinese innovation-active companies. Foresight and STI Governance, 12(3), 43-52. https://doi.org/10.17323/2500-2597.2018.3.43.52  link >

Elliott, C., Li, J., & Ghosh, R. (2017). Human resource development international: A celebration of the journal’s first 20 years. Human Resource Development International, 20(5), 347-349. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2017.1368438  link >

Huang, W. D., Jacobs, R. L., Kuchinke, K. P., Li, J., & Oh, E. G. (2017). Human Resource Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Performance Improvement, 56(6), 38-48. https://doi.org/10.1002/pfi.2017.56.issue-6  link >

Li, J. (2017). Ethical business cultures in China. In Ethical Business Cultures in Emerging Markets (pp. 81-109). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316225165.007  link >

Li, J., Wang, Y., & Wu, F. (2017). Leadership and Leadership Development in China. In A. Ardichvili, & K. Dirani (Eds.), Leadership Development in Emerging Market Economies (pp. 73-91). (Palgrave Studies of Internationalization in Emerging Markets). Palgrave Macmillan UK. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-58003-0_5  link >

Li, J., & Herd, A. M. (2017). Shifting practices in digital workplace learning: An integrated approach to learning, knowledge management, and knowledge sharing. Human Resource Development International, 20(3), 185-193. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2017.1308460  link >

Mehdiabadi, A. H., & Li, J. (2017). Toward a framework for developing computing professional ethics: A review of literature. Paper presented at 2017 International Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Management, ASEM 2017, Huntsville, United States.

Sun, J. Y., & Li, J. (2017). Women in Leadership in China: Past, Present, and Future. In Y. Cho, R. Ghosh, J. Y. Sun, & G. N. McLean (Eds.), Current Perspectives on Asian Women in Leadership (pp. 19-35). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54996-5_2  link >

chung, C. H., Angnakoon, P., Li, J., & Allen, J. (2016). Virtual HRD and national culture: an information processing perspective. European Journal of Training and Development, 40(1), 21-35. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-04-2015-0025  link >

Han, S. H., Seo, G., Li, J., & Yoon, S. W. (2016). The mediating effect of organizational commitment and employee empowerment: How transformational leadership impacts employee knowledge sharing intention. Human Resource Development International, 19(2), 98-115. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2015.1099357  link >

Hedayati Mehdiabadi, A., & Li, J. (2016). Understanding Talent Development and Implications for Human Resource Development: An Integrative Literature Review. Human Resource Development Review, 15(3), 263-294. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534484316655667  link >

Li, J. (2016). Technology advancement and the future of HRD research. Human Resource Development International, 19(3), 189-191. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2016.1181846  link >

Alagaraja, M., & Li, J. (2015). Utilizing institutional perspectives to investigate the emergence, rise, and (relative) decline of corporate universities. Human Resource Development International, 18(1), 4-23. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2014.979003  link >

Cho, Y., McLean, G. N., Amornpipat, I., Chang, W. W., Hewapathirana, G. I., Horimoto, M., Lee, M. M., Li, J., Manikoth, N. N., Othman, J., & Hamzah, S. R. (2015). Asian women in top management: Eight country cases. Human Resource Development International, 18(4), 407-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2015.1020717  link >

Hu, E., Li, Y., Li, J., & Huang, W. H. (2015). Open educational resources (OER) usage and barriers: a study from Zhejiang University, China. Educational Technology Research and Development, 63(6), 957-974. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-015-9398-1  link >

Korte, R., & Li, J. (2015). Exploring the organizational socialization of engineers in Taiwan. Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, 6(1), 33-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHRM-01-2014-0002  link >

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), 113-115. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2015.1026551  link >

Wu, F., Xia, J., & Li, J. (2015). 培训迁移研究的国际视野——个体特征、组织环境与系统设计. Modern Educational Technology, 25(8), 12-18. https://doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1009-8097.2015.08.002  link >

Huang, J., Ouyang, Z., & Li, J. (2014). Human resource development in China. In The Routledge Companion to Human Resource Development (pp. 447-456). Taylor and Francis.

Li, J., & Zahran, M. (2014). Influences of emotional intelligence on transformational leadership and leader-member exchange in Kuwait. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 14(1-3), 74-96. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJHRDM.2014.068084  link >

Li, J. (2013). Web-based technology and the changing landscape of HRD. Human Resource Development International, 16(3), 247-250. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2013.799401  link >

Li, Y., Li, J., & Sun, Y. (2013). Young faculty job perceptions in the midst of Chinese higher education reform: The case of Zhejiang university. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 33(3), 273-294. https://doi.org/10.1080/02188791.2013.787388  link >

Yeo, R. K., & Li, J. (2013). Beyond SERVQUAL: The competitive forces of higher education in Singapore. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, 25(1-2), 95-123. https://doi.org/10.1080/14783363.2011.637802  link >

Yeo, R. K., & li, J. (2013). In pursuit of learning: sensemaking the quality of work life. European Journal of Training and Development, 37(2), 136-160. https://doi.org/10.1108/03090591311301662  link >

Ardichvili, A., Jondle, D., Kowske, B., Cornachione, E., Li, J., & Thakadipuram, T. (2012). Ethical Cultures in Large Business Organizations in Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Journal of Business Ethics, 105(4), 415-428. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-011-0976-9  link >

Huang, W. H. D., Li, J., & Lin, M. F. G. (2012). Game-based virtual-world environments to engage lifelong learners in open courseware for open learning. In V. X. Wang (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning (Vol. 1, pp. 76-97). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-2181-7.ch006  link >

Li, J., & Fu, S. (2012). A Systematic Approach to Engineering Ethics Education. Science and Engineering Ethics, 18(2), 339-349. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-010-9249-8  link >

Lui Abel, A., & Li, J. (2012). Exploring the corporate university phenomenon: Development and implementation of a comprehensive survey. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(1), 103-126. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21122  link >

Li, J., & Huang, J. (2011). A review of the Ninth International Conference of the Academy of Human Resource Development (Asia Chapter) in Shanghai, China: Workplace learning and sustainable development for individual, organization and society. Human Resource Development International, 14(4), 493-502. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678868.2011.601599  link >

Li, J., & Madsen, J. (2011). Business ethics and workplace guanxi in Chinese SOEs: a qualitative study. Journal of Chinese Human Resources Management, 2(2), 83-99. https://doi.org/10.1108/20408001111179140  link >

Li, J., D'Souza, D., & Du, Y. (2011). Exploring the contribution of virtual worlds to learning in organizations. Human Resource Development Review, 10(3), 264-285. https://doi.org/10.1177/1534484311406421  link >

Li, J., & Abel, A. L. (2011). Prioritizing + maximizing: The impact of corporate universities. T and D, 65(5), 54-57.

Li, J., & Yeo, R. K. (2011). Quality of work life and career development: Perceptions of part-time MBA students. Employee Relations, 33(3), 201-220. https://doi.org/10.1108/01425451111121740  link >

Yeo, R. K., & Li, J. (2011). Working out the quality of work life: A career development perspective with insights for human resource management. Human Resource Management International Digest, 19(3), 39-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/09670731111125952  link >

Li, J., & Madsen, J. (2010). Examining Chinese managers' work-related values and attitudes. Chinese Management Studies, 4(1), 57-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506141011033007  link >

Wang, G. G., Li, J., Qiao, X., & Sun, J. Y. (2010). Understanding the Corporate University phenomenon: A human capital theory perspective. International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 10(2), 182-204. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJHRDM.2010.031443  link >

Li, J., & Madsen, J. (2009). Chinese workers’ work ethic in reformed state-owned enterprises: Implications for HRD. Human Resource Development International, 12(2), 171-188. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678860902764100  link >

Li, J., Brake, G., Champion, A., Fuller, T., Gabel, S., & Hatcher-Busch, L. (2009). Workplace learning: The roles of knowledge accessibility and management. Journal of Workplace Learning, 21(4), 347-364. https://doi.org/10.1108/13665620910954238  link >

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/13678860801932980  link >


Learning Technologies (CI 484)

Thesis Seminar (EPOL 591) Designed to take students through the entire process of proposal development, this course is intended for masters or doctoral students who are ready to prepare a thesis or dissertation proposal. Students will learn to use a systematic and comprehensive approach to develop the research proposal and how each step in the research process is related. This thesis seminar course is designed as a writing workshop to guide students through the planning and writing stages of an early research project, dissertation, or other scholarly research. Through structured activities and targeted readings, students will develop a draft of their research proposal (e.g. the first three chapters of the dissertation). This course requires students to devote considerable time in reading, writing, revising, and reflecting on segments of the proposal draft. Moreover, students will act as critical friends for their peers by providing feedback to fellow students’ proposal drafts. During this process, students will develop an appreciation of scholarly practice and prepare for the research mile stones in their graduate programs.

Principles of HRE (HRD 400) 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.

Instruct & Train System Design (HRD 411) Provides instruction and practice in the selection, organization, and preparation of content for instructional programs in business and technical settings. Provides students with a theoretical orientation to instructional design as well as the opportunity to experience the instructional design process as it applies to business and technical settings through the development of instructional materials. This section is only available to students in the Instructional Design MasterTrack Certificate program. You must complete the MOOC-based section of HRD 411 and HRD 472 on the Coursera Platform to receive the MasterTrack Certificate. Note: If you are a current College of Education student enrolled in an online or off campus degree program, you will be assessed at your current degree program tuition rate and be responsible for paying an additional Coursera fee of $158.00 per course.

Advanced Theories in HRD (HRD 509) Provides a reading of advanced texts related to Human Resource Development from a variety of applied social science disciplines. Targeted towards doctoral students in the later stage of their course work who are interested in HRE theory and social science foundations.

Advanced Theories in HRD (HRD 509) Provides a reading of advanced texts related to Human Resource Development from a variety of applied social science disciplines. Targeted towards doctoral students in the later stage of their course work who are interested in HRE theory and social science foundations. This section meets in 333 Education Building.

Management of HRD (HRD 533) Study of management fundamentals related to planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling the HRD function in organizations.

International HRD (HRD 536) 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.

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