Call for Cases: Proposal Submission Deadline: January 30, 2014

Cases on Human Performance Improvement Technologies
A book edited by Dr. Jill Stefaniak, Old Dominion University, USA

To be published by IGI Global.

Human performance technology (HPT) is a systematic approach for improving performance that takes into account organizational, environmental, and causal analyses to make data-driven decisions regarding intervention design, implementation, and evaluation (ISPI, 2013). Principles of HPT are used in a variety of different industries to solve problems, assist with quality improvement initiatives, and identify future business opportunities. Performance improvement technologists take the entire organizational environment into account when developing strategies and interventions to address organizational needs.

This casebook will provide educators, students, and practitioners with an opportunity to see how principles of human performance technology were implemented in various contexts and industries. Like most fields, students are taught best practices, but are not always privy to understanding the challenges that can occur when attempting to implement solutions in the real world. Lack of resources, organizational buy-in, and timing can all hinder performance, requiring practitioners to work creatively to implement solutions within a given timeframe.

Objective of the Book
The overall mission of this book is to provide educators in the field of human performance technology, organizational development, educational technology, and business management with a compilation of case studies based on real-life experiences that can be integrated within their classes. The goals for this case book are to:

  1. Provide relevant cases that demonstrate how principles of HPT have been employed within organizations.
  2. Provide examples of how HPT has been utilized in a variety of different industries, and provide a combination of examples that address business problems, quality improvement initiatives and business opportunities.

Case studies included in this book will address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Conducting performance analyses
  • Solving business problems
  • Embarking on projects to address quality improvement initiatives
  • Identifying business opportunities within an organization
  • Identifying and selecting performance improvement interventions
  • Determining when to design instructional or noninstructional interventions
  • Implementing instructional and/or noninstructional interventions
  • Addressing change management within an organization
  • Methods of evaluation
  • Employee development
  • Change in workflow procedures
  • Changes in organizational structure
  • Business partnerships and acquisitions
  • Change management
  • Knowledge management and learning
  • Project management

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before January 30, 2014, a 2-3 page case proposal clearly explaining the subject, mission and concerns of his or her proposed case. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by February 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent case guidelines. Authors will be expected to adhere to these guidelines exactly. Full cases are to be submitted by May 30, 2014. All submitted cases will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and ‘Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates
January 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline
February 15, 2014: Notification of Acceptance
May 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission
July 30, 2014: Review Results to Authors
August 30, 2014: Final Chapter Submission
September 30, 2014: Final Acceptance Notifications
November 30, 2014: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to Dr. Jill Stefaniak in a MS Word Document format.
Click here to submit a proposal. 

About the Author
Dr. Jill Stefaniak is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of STEM Education & Professional Studies. Her research focuses on design-based research, complex learning, instructional strategies, and the effects of instructional sequencing on learner performance outcomes. Dr. Stefaniak graduated from Wayne State University with a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and holds a designation as a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Windsor and a Masters in Training & Development with a double concentration in Instructional Design & Technology and Organizational Development & Leadership from Oakland University. She has spent several years working on performance improvement initiatives within the areas of medical simulation, medical education, and the nonprofit sector.