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Join us for our 18th IHRM Webinar: Chris Brewster on "Questioning Elitism in International Human Resource Management Studies"

  • 1.  Join us for our 18th IHRM Webinar: Chris Brewster on "Questioning Elitism in International Human Resource Management Studies"

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    Join us for our 18th IHRM Webinar: Chris Brewster on "Questioning Elitism in International Human Resource Management Studies"


    Please register for our next IHRM Webinar that will take place on September 15 when our presenter Chris Brewster (Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK) will talk about "Questioning Elitism in International Human Resource Management Studies"

    Event Date: Thursday, September 15, 2022

    Global Start Times:
    08:30 - 09:30 PST (Vancouver, Los Angeles)
    11:30 - 12:30 EST (Toronto, New York)
    16:30 - 17:30 BST (London)
    17:30 - 18:30 CEST (Berlin, Paris)
    18:30 - 19:30 TRT (Istanbul)
    23:30-00:30 CST (Beijing)
    12:30 – 1:30 a.m.* JST (Tokyo, Kyoto)
    1:30 – 2:30 a.m.* AEST (Melbourne, Sydney)

    15:30 - 16:30 UCT
    Find your time zone here https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

    Registration: The event is free and open to anyone who is interested but you must register to receive the link for attending. The link will be emailed to you 24 hours before the event. Please register here  or at https://beedie.sfu.ca/events/questioning-elitism-in-international-human-resource-management-studies.

    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 it live.

    About the presentation:
    I will argue that IHRM (like business and management studies in general and human resource management studies specifically) has operated from an elitist base: that has not only led to a distortion in our research but has led to some unwanted, negative and even nefarious outcomes. This has been caused by our focus on the interests of owners of businesses (when the vast majority of people are not owners); on large international organizations (when 95% of people work in small local ones); on managers and executives (when 80% of people are neither); on talent management (when 95% of people are not classed as talent); on western organizations (when most of the world does not fit into that category); on employed people (when increasing proportions of workers are outside employment); on indigenous populations (when increasing numbers are migrants); etc. What this means is that we have largely ignored the problems and issues of most people in the world. I will suggest that focusing on the non-elite will avoid contributing further to the negative impact our work has created so far and positively address some of the Grand Challenges that the world is facing.

    About the speaker:
    Prof. Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. He was successively a steeplejack, a union official, an official in the UK's Ministry of Labour, a personnel manager in the construction and aviation industries, a journalist and consultant. During that time, he obtained his doctorate from the LSE before becoming an academic.

    As an academic, he studies international and comparative human resource management. He is a frequent conference speaker and teaches at Universities around the world. He has written or edited nearly forty books, including, recently, the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management and Working Internationally: Expatriation, Migration and other International Work. He has also published more than 150 book chapters and more than 250 articles in refereed journals. According to Google Scholar he has been cited more than 25,000 times and has an h-index of 84. In 2002 Chris was awarded the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award by the practitioner body, the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international human resource management; and in 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa, Finland.

    This session will be moderated by Dr. Maja Vidovic, Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Economics and Business at RIT Croatia

    About this series:
    This event is part of an IHRM Webinar Series, organized by the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada), the Center for International Human Resource Studies at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), Clarion (soon to be Pennsylvania Western) University (USA), and ESCP Business School and RIT Croatia (Europe).

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



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    Mila Lazarova, PhD
    Canada Research Chair
    Beedie School of Business
    Simon Fraser University
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
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