Research Projects and Publications


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Research Projects

Designing Effective Global Talent Management for High-Tech Specialists

This research study explores the design of effective global talent management strategies for high-tech skilled talent. The project aims to develop benchmark best practice in the field contributing to the improvement of the performance of high-tech workers, employers and national policy.


Project Overview:

High-tech specialists are vital to the digital economy of the twenty-first century. However, there are significant STEM skill shortages in Western countries, which threaten to seriously undermine corporate and national competitiveness. Two typical responses to this challenge are offshoring the work to where the skills are available, or relocating high-tech specialists from other countries into the US workforce (largely through H1-B visa programs). Globally, India is the key supplier of high-tech, especially IT, talent under both options. Using the USA, Australia, and the UK as case studies, this study conducts an in-depth examination of how to best utilize scarce human capital to address skill shortages in the global high-tech workforce.

The research will facilitate a greater understanding of the costs, risks and effectiveness of various global high-tech talent management strategies. We will explore how companies make decisions on high-tech talent sourcing (weighing up the pros and cons of the various options), how the mix of using local talent, an immigrant workforce, and offshoring services affect the high-tech employees involved, and how national government policies facilitate or constrain developing a global pool of high-tech talent. The research will involve a combination of interviews and round-table discussions with key stakeholders (including US employers in the high-tech industry and government policy makers), and online surveys of employers, skilled high-tech migrants, and local high-tech employees.

If you are working in the high-tech industry, and would like to learn more about the study, please contact us at .


Managing local talent in emerging economies: Insight for practice and research

This research study explores multinational enterprises' (MNE) strategies for developing local talent in emerging economies and the effectiveness of these strategies to achieve innovation and competitive advantage. With a huge consumer-base, high demand, and new business opportunities, emerging economies offer countless opportunities for MNEs. Nevertheless, they face multifaceted challenges when operating in these economies, especially how to transfer HRM practices for R&D professionals.



 Effective Work Design across Cultures

This study is being conducted by the Ambassadors of the HR Division of the Academy of Management, for which Dr. Farndale is the US Ambassador. Work can be a joy or a chore - a source of meaning, purpose, and satisfaction, or a source of frustration, dissatisfaction, and alienation. Addressing the challenge of what constitutes ‘good work design’, we base this study on the validated Work Design Questionnaire (WDQ): a measure of 21 work characteristics. Furthermore, we explore cultural values to identify how these affect the relationship between elements of work design and employee outcomes of job satisfaction, organizational citizenship behavior, turnover intentions, and burnout

For further details, please contact the research team: . You can also visit the project webpage by clicking here.


2014-15 CRANET Survey of HRM Policies and Practices

The Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS) team, in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has been reaching out to HR managers in organizations across the U.S. to gather data for the latest round of the CRANET survey. CRANET is a global network of academic institutions carrying out a regular survey of the state of HRM in organizations across more than 40 countries, tracking how HR has evolved over time since 1989. Participation in the study benefits HR practitioners by benchmarking HRM practices and trends, as well as providing rigorous academic data for future publications and teaching materials.

The 2014/15 survey results are now available in a report that provides an overall picture of HRM in a wide range of organizations across the U.S. Click here to download the executive summary of the report (PDF version). Please contact us at  if you would like to receive a full copy of the report! You can also read more about the results in this press release.

If you are an HR manager working in an organization in the U.S. that has 200 or more employees, and would like to learn more about the CRANET survey of HRM policies and practices, please contact us at .



Employee Perceptions of HRM in Workplaces Worldwide

CHIRS is partnering with colleagues from across the globe to explore the influence of individuals’ cultural values on the effectiveness of HRM systems on stimulating desired individual attitudes and behaviors in the workplace, such as affective commitment, work engagement, and innovative behavior. All of these outcomes having previously been linked to important productivity and performance outcomes at the firm level. Gathering data as part of a multi-country study, the research is also uncovering how cultural values affect the HRM process in organizations.

Data are currently being collected and initial findings have been presented at Academy of Management meetings. For further details, please contact the research team: .


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