4th Global Conference on International Human Resources Management Held at Penn State

A conference encouraging broadening the knowledge of international human resource management, the 4thGlobal Conference on International Human Resources Management, was held May 9-11 in the Chambers Building at University Park. This continues the now biennial tradition of running this conference since 2013. Organized by the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS), an initiative from the School of Labor and Employment Relations, conference attendees included more than sixty scholars from eighteen countries whose research focuses on the field of international human resource management (IHRM).
4th Global Conference on International Human Resources Management Held at Penn State

Paula Caligiuri, distinguished professor of International Business at Northeastern University, presents at the 4th Global Conference of International HRM publishing workshop

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. –  A conference encouraging broadening the knowledge of international human resource management, the 4thGlobal Conference on International Human Resources Management, was held May 9-11 in the Chambers Building at University Park. This continues the now biennial tradition of running this conference since 2013.

Organized by the Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS), an initiative from the School of Labor and Employment Relations, conference attendees included more than sixty scholars from eighteen countries whose research focuses on the field of international human resource management (IHRM). 

More than forty papers were presented covering various human resource management (HRM) topics including HRM in Asia, regional HRM, leadership and coaching across cultures, gender diversity across nations, HRM in Multinational Enterprises (MNE), talent management in MNEs, global talent management, global corporate social responsibility and employee voice, expatriation success, and global diversity management and age.

Keynote: “Expatriation Experiences: Where do we go from here (Past, Present, and Future)?” 

Speaker Riki Takeuchi, the Jindal School of Management Advisory Council Distinguished Professor in Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, focuses his research on various social exchange relationships including employee-supervisor, employee-employer, and employee-coworker that exist among organizational stakeholders. As part of his research stream, he is interested in cross-cultural adjustment, strategic human resources management, and organizational citizenship behaviors. Takeuchi presented an insightful keynote, encouraging IHRM scholars to consider complexmethodological challenges in quantitative studies and how these challenges shape the particular type of research questions that can be addressed.

Keynote: “Expatriation Experiences: Where do we go from here (Past, Present, and Future)?”

Speaker Jaime Bonache, professor of Management at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and visiting professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, research interests include global mobility, international compensation, and epistemology. Bonache’s academic publications include more than thirty articles in international journals, four books on HRM, and is widely consulted on HRM by numerous European multinational organizations. His keynote was truly inspiring, focusing on the future of qualitative research methodologies in the IHRM field

Conference delegates were also invited to engage with a panel of expert practitioners in the IHRM field by attending a seminar dedicated to addressing multinational’s challenges of talent management in the face of increasing pressures on our global model of talent as well as enjoy a publishing workshop for IHRM academics.

In addition to support from the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State, the conference was sponsored by the Human Resource Management Journal, a leading HRM academic journal; Penn State College of Liberal Arts; and the Center for Global Studies at Penn State. The organizing committee included Elaine Farndale, associate professor of human resource management and director of the Center for International Human Resource Studies at Penn State, and Bora Kwon, a postdoctoral teaching and research scholar in the Center for International Human Resource Studies at Penn State.

Photos from the conference are available on the Center for International Human Resource Studies’ Facebook page.