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Arjen Boin

Sharon Naquin

Research Associate Professor
School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development
Executive Director
Division of Workforce Development

What was your previous position and where?

Before beginning my graduate studies at LSU, I served as an executive officer in the banking industry in New Orleans. While I thoroughly enjoyed that industry, I missed the academic challenges of a formal learning environment.

What brought you to LSU?

Choosing LSU to pursue my master's and doctoraral degrees was a natural choice. My husband had been tranferred to Baton Rouge and, as a Baton Rouge native, my family ties here played a significant role in this decision.

What is your research interest?

My research interests are varied. These interests include the areas of strategic planning, competency-based leadership and managerial development for the public sector, developing psychometrically valid promotional examinations and valid selection processes for organizations, and organizational cultural factors and dynamics. Currently the principal investigator on several grants and contracts with state agencies, I am always cognizant of the internal culture within the state agencies and the state and national budgetary constraints in which all public entitiy work units and agencies operate.

What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?

I hope to continue to offer quality services to state agencies and private sector organizations that will enhance their efforts to create a fully-integrated human resource development, or HRD, system from recruitment, selection, needs assessments, job profiling, strategic planning, work process efficiency, setting meaningful and measurable organizational, work group and individual employee performance expectations, and creating succession planning programs. I also hope to continue to be afforded the opportunity to allow the students in our academic program exposure to HRD field work. Through their participation in these grants and contracts, they are able to experience the practical application of human resource and leadership development efforts. Not only are the students able to learn the theory and concepts of the disciplince, they are also able to learn the necessity of overcoming barriers to implementing what seemed formulaic in the classroom and are able to develop and implement successful strategies to overcome these obstacles. Our work with the private sector serves as a contrast to the constraints that the public sector faces and provides yet another perspective for students, practitiones and academecians in our discipline.

What do you enjoy most about LSU?

The opportunities that I have had to establish relationships with public sector employees - classified, unclassified, and appointed - has greatly broadened my knowledge base regarding the Louisiana political system. The ability to introduce students both to that culture and the corporate structure in the private sector has been rewarding in that it shows the variance in the public/private sector arenas. I especially enjoy the opportunity to interact with students who are committed and engaged in the learning process, and working with a staff that consists of team members who see every challenge as an opportunity and work tenaciously to meet our goals and deadlines. Not only do I have a great job, I work with a great staff.

What are your major accomplishments?

I've developed a sense of adaptabilty and resilence regarding the various visions and initiatives that each new appointed official brings to their respective positions. Realizing that each appointed official may have a predetermined direction that may be diametrically opposed to a previous appointee has taught me the art of learning to react positively to change and redirect work efforts in a short timespan.


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