Conference Details


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International Human Resource Management

The International HRM field is broad and expanding, incorporating many disciplines including cross-cultural management, comparative HRM, and strategic international HRM. Practice and research are focused on understanding why certain HRM activities fit a given institutional and/or cultural context, or exploring how a multinational enterprise manages the global/local paradox. Insights from the international organizational behavior field also complement these questions, increasing our knowledge around how individual employees from different countries experience HRM in their organization.

Building on this broad research base, the first three Global Conferences on IHRM held at the Pennsylvania State University since 2013 helped to broaden our knowledge. Yet there is still more to learn…!

We would like to encourage this broadening of our understanding of International HRM with the 4th Global Conference on IHRM, being hosted by The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. We encourage submissions that allow us to understand our observations in the IHRM field beyond describing them, answering the ‘why’ questions, and providing clear implications for practice.

To this end, we invite submissions that cover conceptual, theoretical, and empirical investigations that adopt various methodologies and highlight the context-specific nature of HRM systems. Papers that address but are not necessarily restricted to the following topics are especially invited:

  • HRM models from emerging markets
  • Institutional and cultural perspectives on IHRM
  • HRM in multinational enterprises
  • High performance work systems in different national settings
  • Expatriate management and global careers
  • IHRM and informal social ties and networks
  • Global talent and knowledge management
  • Global leadership development
  • Diversity, aging population, and generational challenges in different national settings         
  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility in the globalization of work

Pre-Conference Publishing Workshop

Thursday, May 9 (12-2:30pm)

This workshop, led by published IHRM scholars, is intended for both experienced authors as well as scholars new to publishing. Learn from Professors Paula Caligiuri, Riki Takeuchi, Jaap Paauwe, Miguel Olivas-Lujan, and Elaine Farndale.

Strong papers submitted to the conference will be encouraged to submit to a special issue of Human Resource Management Journal on 'Positioning Context Front and Center in International Human Resource Management Research'.

Important Dates

Deadline for early consideration of abstract submissions: closed.

Extended deadline for abstract submissions: closed.

Communication of paper acceptance: passed.

Submission of final papers for accepted abstracts: passed.

Deadline for registration if presenting a paper: passed.

Deadline for registration if attending only: 2 May 2019.

Organizing Committee

Dr Elaine Farndale & Dr Bora Kwon (Center for International Human Resource Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA)


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Registration fee

Includes all conference materials, refreshments, lunches and a conference cocktail reception on 19 May 2017.

Early bird registration (before 9 March 2019): $290

Student registration (before 9 March 2019): $225 with proof of student status

Regular registration (9 March 2019 onward): $325


CIHRS will confirm your registration. You will be alerted promptly of any cancellations or changes. If some unforeseen event forces Penn State to cancel or postpone the program, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee; however, the University cannot be held responsible for any related costs, including cancellation fees assessed by airlines or travel agencies.


If your request to withdraw is received by 25 April 2019, we can issue a partial refund. Send your request by email to . For cancellations made before 4 April 2019, a $50 administrative fee will be charged for each withdrawal. For cancellations made between 4 and 25 April 2019, 50% of the conference fee paid will be refunded. After this date, no further refund will be possible. All refunds will be paid in USD.


Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing special accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact  at least two weeks prior to the conference.


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