Center for International Human Resource Studies



Center for International Human Resource Studies

Dr. Elaine Farndale
Center Director, Center for International Human Resource Studies

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2024 IHRM Conference Program

We would like to welcome you to the sixth Global Conference on International Human Resource Management, organized by the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS), part of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State University, and hosted by Gothenburg University! Every effort has been made to put together an exciting conference for you over the coming days.


Following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations across the globe have continued to confront a relentless wave of crises, whether economic (e.g., supply chain disruptions and high inflation), technological (e.g., the rise of artificial intelligence and working in the Metaverse), political (e.g., Russia’s war on Ukraine, United States-China trade war), or natural (e.g., flooding in Libya and Pakistan, earthquakes in Morocco, Syria, and Turkey). Uncertainty prevails regarding the global mobility of all international workers, from expatriates to migrants, and organizations facing significant talent shortages struggle to resume any semblance of normalcy. Following several years of deglobalization, pandemic lockdown, environmental disasters, and war, how can global/local business leaders reengage with a fragmented global workforce across an ever-expanding global workplace? How can we think more proactively and broadly about flexibly meeting the needs for and of a diverse, global workforce? Such challenges come with research opportunities that can potentially advance theory and inform practice.

We hope you find the conference stimulating and challenging and, of course, enjoy your visit to Gothenburg, Sweden!


The Organizing Committee

Elaine Farndale, Penn State University Rakoon Piyanontalee, Penn State University Mevan Jayasinghe, St John’s University Cara Adrien, Penn State University

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Keynote Speaker: Wayne Cascio

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus University of Colorado Denver, United States of America

Wayne Cascio

Wayne F. Cascio, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado Denver, where he served as a management faculty member from 1981 to 2020. A former area and consulting editor of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS), he has published more than 200 articles and book chapters and 33 books. He is a two-time winner of the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Executive for his research on downsizing. In 2010, Wayne received the Michael R. Losey Human Resources Research Award from the Society for Human Resource Management; in 2013, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; and in 2016, he received the World Federation of People Management Associations’ George Petitpas Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2020, he received the inaugural Ulrich Impact Award from the HR Division of the Academy of Management for his research that links theory to practical applications. He was also inducted into the Australian HR Institute’s Hall of Fame. In 2022, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Colorado Board of Regents for his service to the state and the nation. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Australian HR Institute.

Conference Organizing Committee

Elaine Farndale

Elaine Farndale is Professor of HRM and Director of the School of Labor and Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University (USA), where she is also Founder and Director of the Center for International Human Resource Studies. Elaine has published widely on strategic (international) HRM topics and has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief for Human Resource Management Journal and Co-Editor for Routledge’s Global HRM book series. She completed her Ph.D. at Cranfield University (UK).

Rakoon Piyanontalee

Rakoon Piyanontalee an Assistant Research Professor with CIHRS in the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the Pennsylvania State University (USA). His research examines the impact of HRM practices on teams, units, and organizational outcomes. Before joining Penn State, Rakoon received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He also worked in HR recruitment and organizational development in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mevan Jayasinghe

Mevan Jayasinghe is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University

Carolyn (Cara) Adrien is the Research and Data Coordinator for CIHRS.

Center for International HR Studies

As an initiative of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University (USA), the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) encourages IHRM scholarly research and serves the International HR practitioner community. Through targeted activities, we have developed a strong network of academics and practitioners passionate about international HRM, enabling the sharing of ideas to advance knowledge and practice in the field. CIHRS is led by a core team of academics in the School of Labor and Employment Relations – Dr. Elaine Farndale (Center Director) and Dr. Rakoon Piyanontalee – supported by colleagues Kameron Carter, Hee Man Park, and Dorothea Roumpi, together with Carolyn Adrien, The Center’s Research and Data Coordinator. Additionally, CIHRS has a network of CIHRS Fellows who are leading experts in the IHRM field from across the globe.

One of the most important CIHRS activities is the organization of the biennial Global Conference on IHRM, aimed at bringing together leading researchers in the field to inspire the exchange of ideas to contribute to the development of the field. Among other activities, CIHRS is the coordination hub for the global CRANET survey of HRM practices and policies, and is the US partner for the Academy of Management HR Division Ambassadors Program. Together with colleagues worldwide we conduct rigorous research, as well as providing exciting opportunities for students and practitioners to engage with the Center’s work.

Thursday, 13 June 2024 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

8:30am- Registration 8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Conference welcome
9:15am-11:00am Opening Panel Discussion: “Expanding the Global Workforce and Workplace”
Two Practitioners & two academics (moderator – Maja?) 11:00-12:00pm Editors’ Panel (focused theme)
12:00-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Paper sessions: Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 3:00-3:30pm Fika Break
3:30-5:00pm Paper sessions: Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4
6:30-8:30pm Dinner with presentation of Best Paper Award

Thursday, 13 June 2024 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

8:30am- Registration 8:30-9:00am Breakfast
9:00-10:15am Keynote Plenary and Discussion Professor Wayne Cascio: “…”
10:15-10:45am Fika Break
10:45am-12:15pm Paper sessions: Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 12:15-1:15pm Lunch
1:15-2:45pm Paper sessions: Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 2:45-3:15pm Fika Break
3:15-4:45pm Paper sessions: Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4
4:45-5:30pm Closing Panel Discussion: “Future of IHRM: Crises management!” Wayne & others?
5:30-6:30pm Final Networking Reception

Practitioner Panel

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Publishing Panel

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Closing Panel

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