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2nd Global Conference of International Human Resource Management

14 - 15 May 2015


With keynote speakers:

Professor Xiaoping Chen, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, USA

Professor Michael Morley, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland

Best paper award sponsored by:

International Journal of Human Resource Management


Hosted by: Center for International Human Resource Studies (CIHRS)

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA


Call for Papers

Submission deadline: 16 January 2015


The International HRM field is a broad and expanding research discipline, incorporating many facets such as cross-cultural management, comparative HRM, and strategic IHRM. Much of this field focuses either on the country-level of analysis, explaining why certain HRM activities fit a given institutional and/or cultural context, or at the firm-level of analysis, exploring how a multinational enterprise (MNE) balances its global and local priorities. Increasingly, we are starting to see research emerging at the regional level of analysis, e.g. Asia-Pacific, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Insights also complement those at the individual level of analysis, stemming from the international organizational behavior field of study.

Building on this broad research base, sessions on the future of IHRM during the 1st Global Conference on IHRM held at Penn State in May 2013 yielded further important insights. Specifically, we discussed how IHRM needs to move towards a higher level of theorizing, rather than being limited to country descriptions, in order to bring in greater generalizability and explanatory power. Such research is certainly taking place, and we would like to encourage this trend with the 2nd Global Conference on IHRM at Penn State.  We encourage papers that explore the ‘big picture’ findings, allowing us to understand our observations beyond describing them, answering the ‘why’ questions, and providing implications for practice.

To this end, we invite submissions that cover conceptual, theoretical, and empirical investigations that adopt various methodologies and highlight the context-specific nature of HRM systems. Papers that address but are not necessarily restricted to the following topics are especially invited:


·      Institutional and cultural perspectives on IHRM

·      HRM in multinational enterprises

·      High performance work systems in different national settings

·      HRM models unique to emerging markets

·      Expatriate management and global careers

·      Global leadership development

·      Global talent and knowledge management

·      Diversity, aging population, and generational challenges in different national settings          

·      Ethics and corporate social responsibility in the globalization of work


Keynote Speakers

Xiaoping Chen is currently Philip M. Condit Endowed Chair Professor and Chair of Department of Management and Organization at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington. She is also Editor-in-Chief for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Executive Editor for Chinese Management Insights.

Michael J. Morley is Professor of Management at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland and is a member of the Editorial Board of several international journals including the International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, and Human Resource Management Review.


Submissions are invited for competitive papers. Extended abstracts may be submitted for review 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 in another conference. All abstracts will be blind reviewed. Papers presented at the conference will be collated in the conference proceedings. Please submit your abstracts (excluding any author identifying information), following the instructions given on the conference website: http://lser.la.psu.edu/ihrm/IHRMconference.


A collection of the best papers from the conference will be selected for review for publication in a special edition of the International Journal of Human Resource Management.


Important Dates

Deadline for all submissions: 16 January 2015 (Note: if you require a visa to enter the USA, you should submit your abstract earlier. We will conduct an initial review of papers for those requiring a conference invitation letter for visa purposes – if you wish to be included in this initial review, please submit your abstract by 28 November 2014.)

Acceptance/rejection notification: 28 February 2015.

Final paper submission (details to appear on the website): 13 April 2015.


Registration Fee: $250, which will include all conference materials, refreshments, lunches and a conference dinner on 14 May 2015.


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Organizing Committee

Dr Elaine Farndale, Dr Sumita Raghuram, Dr Helen Liu, Dr Maja VidoviŠ

Center for International Human Resource Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

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Center website: http://lser.la.psu.edu/ihrm/

Conference website: http://lser.la.psu.edu/ihrm/IHRMconference




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