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4th CIHRS Global Conference on IHRM: 9-11 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, please contact



Center for International Human Resource Studies

CIHRS logo, stick figure people holding hands on globe in magnifying glassThe 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) plus 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).

Group photo 2018

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