Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
351 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Jessica is a seasoned human resource development professional with more than 25 years of working experience in both business corporations and academic institutions. She is fluent in English and Chinese and capable of working effectively in multicultural and diverse environments. Her professional skills include creating coaching and mentoring programs, overseeing talent management and retention strategies, establishing corporate universities, and developing leaders. She is an accomplished practitioner and researcher with strong people and leadership skills. Jessica is currently an associate professor of Human Resource Development and the Director of the Human Resource Development Program. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal Human Resource Development International, regional editor for the Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, and the theme lead for education and workforce development, Discovery Partners Institute, University of Illinois System. She was a past member of the Advisory Board of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Chair of the Education and Workforce Development Working Group, Discovery Partners Institute, University of Illinois System, a member of the board of directors at the Academy of Human Resource Development from 2014 to 2018, and the dean’s fellow for faculty development and diversity initiatives from 2014- 2016. Jessica also worked as a senior research fellow of The Conference Board and is affiliated with the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. Before joining the faculty at Illinois, she taught at the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, and the North China University of Technology. Prior to becoming a professor, Jessica worked as a business executive for Motorola, Raytheon, and Nokia. Her Ph.D. is from Pennsylvania State University.
Key Professional Appointments
Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Interim Director, Bureau of Educational Research, College of Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Education, 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.
Lin, Y., Li, J., Gertner, Y., Ng, W., Fisher, C. L., & Baillargeon, R. (2021). How do the object-file and physical-reasoning systems interact? Evidence from priming effects with object arrays or novel labels. Cognitive Psychology, 125, 101368. . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogpsych.2020.101368 link >
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. (2020). 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, 41(5-6), 611-626. 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., 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., 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), . 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., 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. 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. 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 >
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, 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 >
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.
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 >
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 >
Organization Development (EPOL 570) 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.
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.
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.