As with past volumes, this latest issue of RPHRM brings together a balanced blend of articles and reports that should appeal to scholarly researchers and H.R. professionals alike. In the journal’s Main Section, investigators report a number of useful findings regarding the impact of work stressors on persons with different control orientations. This study is particularly interesting because of its large Taiwanese sample and because of its methodological approach, which included a consideration of qualitative data.

Another study reported in this section also examines personality factors and their impact in the work place. In this study, the investigators explored how different types of individuals react to jobs requiring a good deal of involvement and independent thought [“enriched” jobs]. Their results suggest that personality factors such as conscientiousness and negativity, play a role in determining whether such enriched jobs actually lead to higher job satisfaction. More generally, the research indicates HR professionals need to pay attention to the fit between personality characteristics and job characteristics when designing enriched jobs.

A third study examines Type A behavior in a sample of female nurses, and shows how job challenge and career commitment moderates the effects of this personality orientation on feelings of anxiety and on intention to quit. This study should be of great interest to HR professionals associated with the health industry.

Finally, work-family conflict receives some attention in this issue. Investigators examined the antecedents and outcomes of such conflicts, and found implications here for career development and job security. This study presents an insightful overview of work-family issues that will become increasingly important to HR managers as the number of dual career couples grow.

In the Practitioner Focus Section, the emphasis is on various HR activities particularly relevant to the region. One paper, using a joint venture as its point of departure, describes some essential management development issues specific to China. A second paper takes a look at human resource development issues in Laos, as that country continues the privatization process of state-owned enterprises. A third paper focuses on Taiwan, and examines the impact of job rotation on employee attitudes, specifically job satisfaction and training evaluation.

As usual, the issue concludes with some reviews of HR-oriented material. In this issue, one of the journal’s editors critiques the third edition of Dr. Raymond Stone’s textbook, Human Resource Management. Although clearly geared for university level teaching, the book is a useful reference for any HR manager needing an insightful review of a specific HR topic. In a second piece, the journal critiques a recently published book by Drs. Jean Lee, Kathleen Campbell and Audrey Chia, entitled The 3 Paradoxes: Working Women in Singapore. Anyone interested in work-family issues will find this book thought-provoking.

I’d like to conclude this Editorial Foreward on a personal note. I will be stepping down as Editor for RPHRM, having accepted an invitation to join the faculty of the U. S. Military Academy. Thus, as my final editorial, this represents my last chance to acknowledge and thank my colleagues and friends who contributed so much to the journal during the past seven years. In particular, I want to thank my team of Associate Editors, Drs. Chay Yue Wah, Chia Ho Beng and David Wan, for their enthusiasm, dedication and effort. Editing the journal has always been a task added to their primary research and teaching responsibilities, but one would never have guessed that, judging from the unstinting help and support they provided.

I would also like to thank my Editorial Board and ad-hoc reviewers. These individuals read the manuscript submissions, provided invaluable feedback to the authors, and shared with me their professional wisdom and insight. I truly appreciated their help and advice.

Professor Wee Chou Hou, former Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration and Associate Professor Edith Yuen, Head of the Dept. of Organizational Behavior, also warrant thanks and acknowledgement. They both supported the journal right from its formative stage. Their help and suggestions during this period and beyond were essential.

Finally, I need to thank my colleagues in SHRI. Their support and participation in this project were also crucial. I particularly want to thank Mr. David Ang, SHRI’s Executive Director. His enthusiasm for linking research to practice, and of bridging the gulf between HR academics and HR practitioners, matched my own and made our monthly meetings quite enjoyable.

Although I will miss my work with the journal, I am confident it is in good hands and will continue to grow in the future. Next year, I look forward to seeing not only the regular July issue but also the Special Issue planned for December. In the meantime, if you have ideas or suggestions that you would like the journal to consider, please don’t hestitate to contact the Editorial team.

Donald J. Campbell
July, 1999