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May 2021: AOM HR Division Award Winners

The Human Resources Division logoCIHRS is the sponsor for the Academy of Management HR Division annual award for the best International HRM Scholarly Research Paper published in the previous year. We are pleased to announce that the 2021 winners are Thomas Rockstuhl (Nanyang Technological University), Robert Eisenberger (University of Houston), Lynn M. Shore (Colorado State University), James N. Kurtessis (Department of Homeland Security), Michael T. Ford (University of Alabama), Louis C. Buffardi (George Mason University), and Salar Mesdaghinia (Western Michigan University) for their paper: "Perceived Organizational Support (POS) Across 54 Nations: A Cross-cultural Meta-analysis of POS Effects," published in Journal of International Business Studies, 51, 933-962.

Congratulations to these authors on their research excellence in international human resource management!

CIHRS Virtual Paper Development Workshop - 21 May 2021

Virtual PDWThis PDW (organized by Elaine Farndale, Miguel Olivas-Lujan, and Maja Vidovic) is designed primarily for junior academic faculty or doctoral students looking to improve their publishing skills in the international HRM field. The workshop will include paper development roundtables (using Zoom breakout rooms) that are intended to be developmental conversations among a small group of scholars led by an expert mentor. The workshop will also include plenary panel discussions including leading scholars in the IHRM field (Professors James Sun, Emma Parry, and Jaime Bonache). For information on how to submit a paper or attend the workshop, please click here.


CIHRS Co-organizes Webinar Series on IHRM

CIHRS, together with the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada) and ESCP Business School in Europe, launched a series of webinars focusing on international HRM topics in June 2020, with a packed program lined up through 2021. Details of future webinars and recordings of past webinars can be found here.


COVID-19 survey among HR professionals

As the world of work continues to evolve under the COVID-19 pandemic conditions, the study of human resources has reacted to the times. CIHRS has been surveying HR professionals about the changes to their companies and jobs since the start of the pandemic. Combined with a webinar organized by the Center for Workplace Performance and the Virtual Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) chapter at Penn State, you can read more about the findings here.


5th CIHRS Global Conference on IHRM planned for May 2022

The 5th Global Conference on International Human Resource Management was due to take place in May 2021. However, given the pandemic situation, we have decided that the best way to keep the IHRM community active is to organize a smaller online workshop in May 2021 and postpone the full in-person conference to May 2022. We will share full details with you about the events over the coming months.


4th CIHRS Global Conference on IHRM: May 2019

The biennial 4th Global Conference on International Human Resource Management was held on May 9-11, 2019 at Penn State University Park. Executives and scholars came together on May 9th for a practitioner/academic discussion on ‘Reverse globalization? Critical times for talent management’, involving a panel of IHRM practitioner and academic experts. There was also a publishing workshop to help authors craft their scholarly submissions. May 10-11th saw multiple scholarly paper presentations as well as keynote addresses by Professors Riki Takeuchi (University of Texas at Dallas) and Jaime Bonache (Carlos III University of Madrid) (pictured here). These events created a lively debate and excellent networking opportunities. 

 Jaime Bonache      

Research Paper Series

Research paper thumbnailThe Research Paper Series showcases review papers and preliminary research results on topics related to international human resource management. Click here to see the papersmany 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

Penn State world campus markCIHRS 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

Cranet Survey highlights thumbnailThe 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. If you are interested in participating in the research in 2020/2021, please contact



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 be the central hub for the community of scholars dedicated to studying 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 – Elaine Farndale (Center Director) and Miguel Olivas-Lujan (Associate Center Director), along with the Faculty Advisory Committee: Jean Phillips, Hee Man Park, Kameron Carter, Dora Roumpi – supported by researchers and a network of CIHRS Fellows who are leading experts in the IHRM field from across the globe. CIHRS Fellows 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).

2020 group photo

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