With their 2016 contribution on social competence researchers Thomas Lans, Frans Verhees and Jos Verstegen of Wageningen University & Research have won this years Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award.
The paper is a mixed method, interdisciplinary piece in which expertise from educational/HRD sciences, economics, marketing and management was combined to study the role of social competence in learning and performance in Dutch farms. As the authors conclude: “ this research supports the idea of social competence being an important driver of success for specific small-firm strategies and for the ongoing development of existing and new capabilities”. The paper was a spin-off of the Dutch Transforum program.
Begun in 1995, the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award is awarded each year by the Academy of Human Resource Development for the most outstanding article from across all issues in the most recent volume of Human Resource Development Quarterly (HRDQ). An equitable two-tier approach is used for identifying the award-winning article. Out of six initial nominees, eventually the article from Lans, Verhees, & Verstegen titled “Social Competence in Small Firms-Fostering Workplace Learning and Performance” was selected as the winner. More information about the winning paper can be found here.