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Center for International Human Resource Studies

Current CIHRS Highlights

Read the latest issue of the CIHRS Newsletter. Here are some highlights:

Enhancing relationships with industry, integrating practitioners and academics

One of the CIHRS’ objectives is to enhance its relationship with the field of practice. In line with this, CIHRS members have attended various industry events to develop collaborative research projects with industry partners, and to promote the work of the Center.

Addressing Multinational’s Challenges of Talent Management in Emerging Economies

CIHRS hosted its own first practitioner/ academia event on May 18, 2017 in conjunction with St. John's University. This complementary seminar was dedicated to addressing multinational’s challenges of talent management in emerging economies. Speakers included Kevin Owens (Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Siemens PLM Software), Gregory M. Garger (Executive Director, Labor & Employee Relations, Textron), and Rafael Colorado (Global Product Director Cloud Client Computing, Dell), along with Professor Mary Yoko Brannen (University of Victoria, Canada) and Professor David Collings (Dublin City University, Ireland). For more information, click here.


3rd CIHRS Global Conference of IHRM: 18-20 May 2017

The 3rd Global Conference on International Human Resource Management organized by CIHRS was held on 18-20 May 2017 in New York City, USA. Prominent IHRM academics and practitioners presented their work to an audience of over 85 people from 25 countries. Further details available here.


Research paper series

The Research Paper Series showcases review papers and preliminary research results on topics related to international human resource management. Click here to see the papers, many of which have been authored by graduating students from the Penn State 'MS in Human Resources and Employment Relations' program with a passion for IHRM. We believe that you will find these useful reviews of specific topics in IHRM that have not been published elsewhere.


Online program: Graduate Certificate in International Human Resources and Employee Relations

CIHRS has been closely involved in establishing the new Penn State World Campus online graduate certificate in International Human Resources and Employment Relations (IHRER). The program launched in January 2016. If you are interested in earning a globally focused HR/ER qualification, check out the details here.


CRANET Benchmark Survey of HRM Policies and Practices

The CIHRS team has completed its survey of HR professionals in organizations across the U.S. to gather data exploring the latest activities in HRM policies and practices. The final results are now available in a comprehensive US report that explores the latest findings in depth, as well as looking at trends over the last decade. Read more about these findings here.



Center for International Human Resource Studies

The Center for International Human Resource Studies is an initiative of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), which encourages IHRM scholarly research and serves the International HR practitioner community. Through targeted events and activities, our goal is to develop a strong community of academics and practitioners passionate about international HRM, enabling the sharing of ideas to advance knowledge and practice in the field. The activities of the CIHRS are led by a core team of academics in the School of Labor and Employment Relations – Dr Elaine Farndale (Center Director), Dr Sumita Raghuram, and Dr Jean Phillips – supported by researchers and a network of CIHRS Fellows who are leading experts in the IHRM field from across the globe. CIHRS Fellows currently include: Ingmar Björkman (Aalto University, Finland), Chris Brewster (Henley Business School, UK), Paula Caligiuri (Northeastern University, USA), Lisbeth Claus (Willamette University, USA), Tony Edwards (Kings College London, UK), and Randall Schuler (Rutgers University, USA).

For information regarding future activities organized by the CIHRS at Penn State, please make sure to re-visit this website regularly.