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Developing IHRM insight using effective cross-national research

About the Presentation

There is a long tradition in IHRM research of comparing countries, with national context now recognised as important in developing our understanding of undertaking HRM across different cultural and institutional settings. Accompanying the growth in international comparative HRM research is an increasing awareness of the many challenges that arise when simultaneously collecting comparable data across multiple countries. The methodological decisions relating to comparative research are well documented, but often more salient are the practical and collaborative challenges relating to projects aiming to provide valuable insights across countries. In this webinar Professor Emma Parry will draw on her considerable experience in designing and undertaking comparative research projects and in managing international research networks such as Cranet and 5C. Emma, together with a panel of eminent scholars (see bios below) from IHRM, IM and international careers will aim to address these challenges. She will emphasise the importance of taking a pragmatic approach to designing comparative research and discuss the lessons learned in areas such as data collection & sampling, selecting suitable partners, and managing an international network.
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT (Boston, New York, Miami)
16:00 p.m. - 17:00 p.m. GMT (United Kingdom)
17:00 p.m. - 18:00 p.m. CEST (Berlin, Paris, Zagreb)

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As an international partnership, the IHRM series welcomes speakers from all over the world and multiple time zones. This session will be recorded to share with registrants who are not able to attend the live session.
Event Access: This event will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Event access links will be provided 24 hours prior to the event start.
Registration: Tickets are complimentary but registration is required to attend or receive the link to the recording. Click here to register online with Eventbrite.

About the Speaker

Emma Parry is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Head of the Changing World of Work Group at Cranfield School of Management, UK. Her research interests focus on the impact of the changing external context on managing people, particularly in relation to national context, changing workforce demographics and technological advancement. She is an Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Human Resource Management and has published several books and numerous academic papers in world leading journals such as Journal of International Business Studies, Human Resource Management Journal, British Journal of Management and International Journal of HRM. Emma has played leading roles in two international research networks: Cranet, a network of over 40 academic institutions worldwide that examines HRM policies and practices across countries; and the Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers (5C) that examines attitudes towards careers across countries. She is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Employment Studies (IES).


Dr. Jon Briscoe is Professor and Chair in the Department of Management at Northern Illinois University. His research centers around careers, primarily protean careers, and comparative careers across cultures, in addition to leadership development and value expression. He is a Co-Founder of the 5C group (—the Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers which began in 2004. The group has research teams in over 30 countries, has published a book called Careers Around the World, and published several articles on comparative careers across cultures. Dr. Briscoe teaches classes in International Management, Leadership, Coaching, and Organizational Change.

Dr. Rick Cotton is an Associate Professor of Talent Management and Sustainable Innovation at University of Victoria, British Columbia. Rick’s primary research interests include career success, developmental networks talent management and cross-cultural management. He earned a BS in Management Information Systems and Marketing from Syracuse University and MS and PhD in Organization Studies from Boston College. He is the 2021-22 Academy of Management Careers Division Chair Elect, a principal co-investigator on the GLOBE 2020 project ( and a 5C ( researcher. He’s published in journals including AMJ, JIBS, JOB, HBR, Sloan Management Review, HRM, HRMJ, IJHRM, ENTP and CDI. Rick has worked internationally, been a change management consultant and HR SVP and his clients have included Aetna, BC Ferries, General Electric, Hay Group, Harbour Air, Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria, Pepsi, Tourism Victoria, United Technologies and several other services-based firms, governmental entities and multinationals.

Dr. Mila Lazarova is the Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management and a Professor of International Management at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include global mobility and global careers, organizational career development and mobility practices in organizations; expatriate management, repatriation, knowledge transfer, career impact and work/life balance issues related to assignments; the changing role of the HR department; comparative human resource management; and HR issues related to workplace integration of highly skilled immigrants. Mila has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Organizational Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management and Human Resource Management Journal. Mila is a Consulting Editor at Journal of World Business and sits on several other editorial boards.

This session will be moderated by Miguel Olivas-Luján, Professor, Management & Marketing department, Clarion (soon to be Pennsylvania Western) University, USA.

About the Series

This event is part of a IHRM Webinar Series, organized by the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada), the Penn State Center for International Human Resource Studies (USA), and ESCP Business School (Europe).

Previous installments of the IHRM Webinar Series are available online at our YouTube Channel.

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