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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Conference Details

Expanding the global workforce and workplace

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.

Accordingly, we would like to invite you to join us at the Centre for Global Human Resource Management, Gothenburg University, Sweden, for the Sixth Global Conference on International Human Resource Management organized by the Center for International Human Resource Studies at Penn State. The conference will feature presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities. We seek academic paper submissions that will broaden our understanding and pave the path for future IHRM research and practice. To this end, we invite submissions that cover conceptual, theoretical, and empirical investigations that adopt a broad range of methodologies and highlight the context-specific nature of HRM decisions, approaches, practices, and systems. Papers that address but are not necessarily restricted to the following topics are especially invited:

  • The role of crises in shaping IHRM practice
  • Uncertainties in the traditional pillars of IHRM
  • HRM models from overlooked global contexts
  • Institutional and cultural perspectives on IHRM
  • HRM in multinationals and global supply chains
  • Expatriate management and global careers
  • IHRM and informal social ties and networks
  • Global talent and knowledge management
  • Migration and the global workforce
  • Global leadership
  • Diversity and social justice in global workforces
  • Ethics and corporate social responsibility in the globalization of work
  • High-performance work systems in different national settings
  • The impacts of climate change on global workforce productivity and migration
  • Virtual, remote, and hybrid workers in the global workplace and impacts on IHRM
  • The impacts of automation and artificial intelligence on the future of the global workforce and workplace


Submissions are invited for extended abstracts with the understanding that a full paper will be produced for the actual conference. Extended abstracts (in English) should be 750–1,000 words (as per Academy of Management Journal submission style) and should contain:

  • an outline description of the theoretical framework and concepts
  • the research design and approach to data analysis (where applicable)
  • the key findings, along with their theoretical and practical significance

All submissions must be original and should not have been previously accepted for publication in a journal or presented at another conference. All abstracts will be blind- reviewed. Please submit your abstracts (excluding any author-identifying information), following the instructions given on the conference website:

Important Dates

EXTENDED Deadline for all submissions: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Acceptance/rejection notification: Early April, 2024

Final paper submission: Monday, May 13, 2024

Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Registration and Fees

Includes all conference materials, refreshments, lunches, and a conference dinner and reception.

Early bird registration (before Tuesday, April 30, 2024): $350

Student registration (before Tuesday April 30, 2024): $275 with proof of student status

Regular registration (Wednesday, May 1, 2024, and onward): $400

Can I help by reviewing papers?

Volunteers to help review papers are very welcome! Please email:

Organizing Committee

Dr. Elaine Farndale, Dr. Rakoon Piyanontalee, and Carolyn Adrien (Center for International Human Resource Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Dr. Mevan Jayasinghe Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University


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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 April 30, 2024, we can issue a partial refund. Send your request by email to For cancellations made before April 8, 2024, a $50 administrative fee will be charged for each withdrawal. For cancellations made between April 8–30, 2024, 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.