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Center for International Human Resource Studies

Dr. Elaine Farndale
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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Nancy J. Adler

Nancy Adler

Dr. Nancy J. Adler is the S. Bronfman Chair in Management at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. She conducts research and consults on global leadership and cross-cultural management. She has authored more than 125 articles, produced the films, A Portable Life, Reinventing Our Legacy, and Leading Beautifully, and published 10 books and edited volumes, including From Boston to Beijing: Managing with a Worldview, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior, Leadership Insight, Women in Management Worldwide, and Competitive Frontiers: Women Managers in a Global Economy.

Dr. Adler consults with private corporations and government organizations on projects worldwide. She has taught Chinese executives in the People’s Republic of China, held the Citicorp Visiting Doctoral Professorship at the University of Hong Kong, and taught executive seminars at INSEAD in France, Oxford University in England, and Bocconi University in Italy. She received McGill University’s first Distinguished Teaching Award in Management and was one of only a few professors to receive it a second time. Honoring her as one of Canada’s top university professors, she was named as a 3M Teaching Fellow.

Dr. Adler has served on the Board of Governors of the American Society for Training and Development, the Canadian Social Science Advisory Committee to UNESCO, the Strategic Grants Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the executive committees of the Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business, Education and Research, the International Personnel Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management’s International Institute, as well as having held leadership positions in the Academy of International Business, the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research, and the Academy of Management. Dr. Adler served as the co-chair of the Global Forum on Business as an Agent of World Benefit, co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact and the Academy of Management.

Dr. Sheila M. Puffer

Sheila Puffer

Dr. Sheila M. Puffer is the University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, where she is a professor of international business and strategy at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. She is also a fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and has served as program director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America. In 2015 she was a visiting research professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University where she studied entrepreneurs and other technical professionals from the Former Soviet Union.

Her latest co-authored book, Hammer & Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the U.S. Innovation Economy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. In May 2019 she was a visiting fellow at the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University. She is currently leading a research team studying the global sand crisis and the adoption of sand substitutes in the construction industry.

Dr. Puffer has been recognized as the #1 scholar internationally in business and management in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe according to a 2005 Journal of International Business Studies article analyzing 13 leading academic journals from 1986-2003. She and her co-author rank as the #1 most published authors in the Journal of World Business from 1993-2003. She has been ranked in the top 5 percent of authors worldwide who published in the leading international business journals from 1996-2005, according to a Michigan State University study. She was also ranked among the top 100 authors who published in Administrative Science Quarterly from 1981-2001. Dr. Puffer has more than 160 publications, including over 80 refereed articles and 11 books. She served as editor of The Academy of Management Executive as well as a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors from 1999-2002. She worked for six years as an administrator in the Government of Canada and has consulted for a number of private and nonprofit organizations.