The invisible dimensions of human resource management: informal networks, institutions, and practices in international contexts

Join us for our next IHRM Virtual Webinar that will take place on October 15th when our presenter, Professor Alena Ledeneva, will speak about 'The invisible dimensions of human resource management' and will explore the role of informality in the workplace.

Please register here: Alena Ledeneva: The invisible dimensions of human resource management

Event details:

Event Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020

Global Start Times:
08:30 – 09:30 PDT (Vancouver, Los Angeles)
11:30 -12:30 EDT (Toronto, New York)
15:30 -16:30 UCT
16:30 – 17:30 BST (London)
17:30 -18:30 CEST (Berlin, Paris)
23:30 – 0:30 CST (Beijing, Shanghai)


This talk will take you on a journey of discovery, delving into the open secrets, unwritten rules and hidden practices in human resource management. The paradox, or not, of the invisibility of the practices of informal governance – practices of cooptation, control and camouflage – is their ubiquity. Expertly practiced by insiders but often hidden from outsiders, informal practices are, as the Global Informality Project shows, deeply rooted all over the world, yet underestimated in policy. Based on the evidence from the five continents and over 75 countries, made possible by a remarkable collaboration of over 250 scholars (, the insights into the workings on informality within organisations and beyond are essential for tackling social and cultural complexity.

About our speaker:

Alena Ledeneva is a Professor of Politics and Society at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, United Kingdom. She is an internationally renowned expert on informality and governance. Her books Russia's Economy of Favours (1998), How Russia Really Works (2006), and Can Russia Modernize? (2013) have become must-read sources in Russian studies and social sciences. Her latest co-edited volumes include Innovations in Corruption Studies (2017) and The Global Encyclopedia of Informality (2018). She received her PhD in Social and Political Theory from Cambridge University (1996). She is a founding director of the Global Informality Project ( and a founder of the UCL Press FRINGE series.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Maral Muratbekova, Professor of Human Resource Management at ESCP Business School, Paris, France

The IHRM webinar series has been organized by the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada), Penn State's Center for International Human Resource Studies (USA) and ESCP Business School - Europe.

And here is the registration link again: Alena Ledeneva: The invisible dimensions of human resource management


Best wishes,




Mila Lazarova, PhD

Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management

Associate Professor, International Business

Beedie School of Business

Simon Fraser University

500 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC, V6C 1W6



Phone: + 778.782.7709


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