The 3rd Global Conference on International Human Resource Management was held on May 18-20, 2017 in New York City. This conference built on the success of the 1stand 2nd Global Conferences held on campus in May 2013 and 2015 respectively. The 2017 conference attracted over 85 scholars in the field of international human resource management (IHRM) from 25 countries. Sixty-five papers were presented covering a broad range of IHRM topics, including: cross-cultural values; global careers; HRM in multinational corporations; knowledge management; global diversity challenges; HRM in emerging economies; millennials across cultures; global talent management; global leadership; expatriate management; cross-national perspectives on IHRM; and high performance work systems in different country contexts.
Delegates were delighted to hear keynote speeches from two leading scholars in the field. Professor Mary Yoko Brannen (Jarislowsky East Asia Chair at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and Professor of International Business at the University of Victoria, Canada) drew on her research on biculturals to gave a highly engaging presentation on “Learning from the Other: IHRM and the New Demographic.” David Collings (Professor of Human Resource Management and co-director of the Leadership & Talent Institute at Dublin City University, Ireland) was equally inspiring, helping us move our thinking forward in the field of global talent management, with his presentation entitled “Global Talent Management: Progress and Prospects.” In addition, delegates were able to engage with HR practitioners in a seminar focused on “Addressing Multinational Challenges of Talent Management in Emerging Economies,” as well as enjoying a lively publishing workshop for IHRM academics.
The School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State co-sponsored the conference with St. Johns University. Sponsorships from a leading HRM academic journal, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, a prominent publisher Taylor & Francis, as well as Rutgers University, helped make the conference possible.
LER faculty Elaine Farndale and Maria Beamond organized the conference, with assistance from School staff. Professor Sven Horak from St. John’s University served as a co-organizer.