Dr. John-Paul Hatala, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the LSU School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development in HRD and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His academic research focuses on social networking behaviors, social capital, human resource development, career development and the transition to the labor market.
Dr. Hatala has provided consulting services to a number of organizations throughout North America and is the founder of the social capital development firm Flowork International. Flowork works with individuals, organizations and communities to develop their social capital and more importantly increases their ability to access social resources.
Major corporate projects to date have included the development and delivery of company-wide sales and customer service training programs; best practice workshops; employee conferences; succession planning; competency modeling; communications training programs; online training program initiatives; social network analysis; train-the-trainer programs, performance review system implementation; and social networking behavior modification programs.
Dr. Hatala is an active researcher with publications in journals such as: Performance Improvement Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Advances in Human Resource Development. In 2007-2009, he coordinated the social capital development component of a USAID funded project dealing with avian influenza awareness in Togo and Zambia Africa. While at RIT, Dr. Hatala also participated as principal investigator on a $3.2 million dollar grant for the National Science Foundation (NSF) that explored the relationship between social capital development and the advancement of women faculty in STEM disciplines.
Dr. Hatala is an active member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, the American Society of Training and Development, and National Association of Workforce Development Practitioners. He is also a reviewer for the Human Resource Development Review Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Management Journal and Performance Improvement Quarterly. In 2006, Dr. Hatala received the Elwood F. Holton, III Research Excellence Award, Academy of Human Resource Development.
To date, Dr. Hatala has developed a number of innovative systems and assessment tools, including: Social Networking Management System (includes network analysis and network monitoring system), Strategic Job Search Management System (includes a monitoring system for labor market re-entry), and a series of assessments including the BEST for adults and BEST for youth (Barriers to entrepreneurship success tools), as well as the SELF (Social Exploration Learning Form). His latest book is entitled “The Strategic Networker: A Learner’s Guide to Effective Networking”.