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Farndale named US rep for CRANET, Cranet holds meeting on campus

In 2011, Elaine Farndale was invited to become the US partner for CRANET (the Cranfield Network) - a global network of academic institutions carrying out a regular survey of the state of human resource management (HRM) in organizations across more than 40 countries (www.cranet.org), coordinated by Cranfield School of Management in the UK. The CRANET network of scholars has produced close to one hundred scholarly and practitioner publications to date, gathering data in eight survey rounds spanning more than 20 years. The primary objective of this research is to build a dataset which allows us to observe patterns of HRM practice at country level, and how these patterns might be developing  over time. Membership of the network gives us the opportunity to be part of a major international HRM research collaboration, providing valuable data for research and teaching purposes.

It is traditional for new Cranet members to host the twice-a-year network meetings so that the other members can get to know the new partners, hence we hosted the Cranet meeting here on May 11, 2013 in our 5th floor Keller location. Importantly, this was the first CRANET meeting to take place outside of Europe – so we go down in the history books for this milestone event! The meeting primarily discussed the important revision to the CRANET survey, the next round of which will take place in 2014. You will likely hear more about this as we look for participants in the survey across the US next year. Finally, after a hard day of discussions, we invited our 14 guests from 13 different countries to visit Boal Mansion – a little-known local treasure that houses some of the antiquities of the Columbus family, documenting Columbus’ journey to America, sharing a little of our secret treasures with our guests. We hope that this and future CRANET activities will be a catalyst for a strong research focus on international HRM within the School.