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January 2017: Visiting Faculty from China to Study Talent Management and Leadership

Professor Shiyong Xu has joined CIHRS as a visiting scholar from January to December 2017. During his stay, he is conducting research funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC), which will explore the career development and management of middle-level managers in China.

Dr. Xu is a Professor at the School of Labor Relation and Human Resources (SLHR), Renmin University of China (RUC). After gaining his bachelor’s degree majoring in mathematics, he joined the School of Psychology, Beijing Normal University where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in 1999 and 2002 respectively. During that period, Shiyong was awarded outstanding Ph.D. candidate student, and part of his Ph.D. dissertation was published in Chinese Science Bulletin, one of the top journals in China.

Dr. Xu began his career as an Assistant Professor in 2002. He is now the Secretary-General of Beijing Behavior Sciences Society and the Vice Director of the Center for HRD at SLHR. Dr. Xu has previously visited the Psychology Department at the University of South Florida from April to September in 2006.

Dr. Xu’s areas of interest and research include: talent management; career development; recruitment and selection; ethical leadership; counterproductive work behavior; and international HRM. Shiyong has presented numerous papers at international conferences and has published articles and chapters in the academic press, such as Journal of Business and Psychology, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Chinese Journal of Management (in Chinese Text), Management World (in Chinese Text); and Frontier Business Research of China (in Chinese Text).


Aug 2016: Dr Maria Beamond joins the CIHRS team as a Post-Doctoral Scholar

Dr Maria Beamond joined CIHRS as a Post-Doctoral Scholar for the academic year 2016/17. Maria completed her PhD (specialization in talent management, multinationals and emerging markets) at the Business School, University of Queensland, Australia. Based on insights from her extensive interdisciplinary background, Maria's research bridges the academic/practitioner international HRM discipline. Currently, Maria is finalizing several papers for academic publication from her PhD dissertation: "Translation of Corporate Talent Management Strategies Across Subsidiaries in Emerging Economies". Maria's work has been published in the Journal of World Business:

Beamond, M., Farndale, E., & Hartel, C. (2016). MNE translation of corporate talent management strategies to subsidiaries in emerging economies. Journal of World Business, 51(4), 499–510.


Aug 2016: AOM HR Division Award Winners

AOM 2016

CIHRS is the sponsor for the Academy of Management HR Division annual award for the best International HRM Scholarly Research Paper published in the previous year. We are pleased to announce that the 2016 winner is ... Jiang, Y., Colakoglu, S., Lepak, D. P., Blasi, J. R., & Kruse, D. L. (2015). Involvement work systems and operational effectiveness: Exploring the moderating effect of national power distance. Journal of International Business Studies, 46(3)..., 332-354. Two of the award winners (Jiang and Lepak) are pictured here with CIHRS' Elaine Farndale who presented the award.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the award:

Leung, K., & Morris, M. W. (2015). Values, schemas, and norms in the culture-behavior nexus: A situated dynamics framework. Journal of International Business Studies, 46(9), 1028-1050.

Shen, Y., Demel, B., Unite, J., Briscoe, J. P., Hall, D. T., Chudzikowski, K., . . . Zikic, J. (2015). Career success across 11 countries: Implications for international human resource management. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(13).



May 2016: Embedded study abroad program to Sweden

LER497F Human Resource Management: The Swedish Experience. This 3-credit course for School of Labor and Employment Relations undergraduate and graduate students (being offered collaboratively with the Department of Health Policy and Administration) provides a global perspective on HRM. Sweden is particularly interesting country as its social welfare society stands in contrast to many of the approaches taken to HRM in the US. The course involved classroom preparation time followed by ten days in country. During the study abroad trip, students visited Jönköping University, Gothenburg University, IKEA, Husqvarna, Volvo and the Swedish Department of Agriculture.  Read the student blogs from the study trip here:


You can read more about the course here as well as the article that appeared in Penn State News.


 April 2016: Student award to dedicated CIHRS member

Saahir Shafi was a 2016 proud recipient of the Chartwell Award in the School of Labor and Employment Relations. This award is given to outstanding graduate students who are enrolled in the M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations, who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success. Saahir demonstrated her outstanding academic ability as a Graduate Assistant working with CIHRS from 2014-2016.

CIHRS would like to thank Saahir for her amazing contribution to the Center!

(Pictured with the School Head, Professor Paul Clark.)


Mar 2016: CIHRS Esprit Award

Lisa Pierson, who provides the administrative support (and so much more!) to CIHRS, received recognition of all her hard work and dedication to the School of Labor and Employment Relations. In the 2016 awards presented by the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State, Lisa received the Esprit Award, in recognition of her outstanding attitude and enthusiasm, promoting cooperation and a positive work climate, and her undeniable ability to make the best of any situation or circumstance!

We thank Lisa for all of her hard work!

Feb 2016: CIHRS faculty receives prestigious honor

Professor Jean Phillips has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).  "This prestigious honor is in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the field and awarded to only a few select recipients."  Jean was inducted at the SIOP Meeting in April 2016. 

Well done Jean!


Oct 2015: American businesses relied on technology to buoy firms during crisis

The latest findings from the U.S. data collection for the Cranet Survey of HRM Practices and Policies have been released. Data from human resources departments across the country suggest that U.S. businesses recovered from the recent financial crisis by leaning on technology to ride out the upheaval.You can read the full press release here. Find out more about the Cranet project and CIHRS' role here.


Aug 2015: Dr Rikki Nouri joins CIHRS as a Post-Doctoral Scholar

Dr Rikki Nouri joined CIHRS as a Post-Doctoral Scholar for the academic year 2015/16. Rikki received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2014. Her dissertation research deals with creativity in a cross-cultural and global context.

Dr Nouri takes an interdisciplinary perspectives in her work to achieve a better understanding of the facets of creativity and how to promote creativity. She also seeks to promote interracial and cross-cultural understanding and to reduce stigmatized and stagnant attitudes between different ethnic groups. Integrating across these goals, Rikki studies the role of creative thinking in negotiations towards conflict resolution.

Rikki's main areas of interests are creativity and innovation, culture, cross-cultural and global management, and empathy. Her publications include:

Nouri, R., Erez, M., Lee, C., Liang, J., Bannister, B. & Chiu, W. (in press) Social context: key to understanding culture’s effects on creativity, Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Nouri, R., Erez, M., Rockstuhl, T., Ang. S., Leshem L., & Rafaeli, A. (2013) Taking the Bite Out of Culture: The Impact of Task Structure and Task Type on Overcoming Impediments to Cross-Cultural Team Performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34 (6), 739-763. 

Erez, M., Lisak, A., Harush, R., Glikson, E., Nouri, R., & Shokef, E. (2013) Going Global: Developing Management Students’ Global Characteristics through a Multicultural Team Project. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 12 (3), 330-355. 

Erez, M., & Nouri, R., (2010). Creativity: The Influence of Cultural, Social, and Work Contexts. Management Organizational Review, 6 (3), 351-370. 

Aug 2015: AOM HR Division Award Winners

CIHRS is the sponsor for the Academy of Management HR Division annual award for the best International HRM Scholarly Research Paper published in the previous year. We are pleased to announce that the 2015 winner is ... "A Meta-Analysis of Country Differences in the High-Performance Work Systems-Business Performance Relationship: The Roles of National Culture and Managerial Discretion." Journal of Applied Psychology, (2014), 99(6): 1011-1041. Authors: Tanja Rabl (Technische U. Kaiserslautern), Mevan Jayasinghe (Michigan State U.), Barry Gerhart (U. of Wisconsin), and Torsten Kühlmann (Bayreuth U.).

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the award:

Hong Ren, Margaret A. Shaffer, David A. Harrison, Carmen Fu, & Katherine M. Fodchuk: “Reactive Adjustment or Proactive Embedding? Multistudy, Multiwave Evidence for Dual Pathways to Expatriate Retention” Personnel Psychology (2014)

Brady M. Firth, Gilad Chen, Bradley L. Kirkman, & Kwanghyun Kim: “Newcomers Abroad: Expatriate Adaptation during Early Phases of International Assignments” Academy of Management Journal (2014)


Apr 2015: Career Development Award for Center member

Dr Helen Liu, Assistant Professor in the School of Labor and Employment Relations and member of CIHRS, is the proud recipient of the 2015 Center for Global Studies (CGS) Career Development Award for her project "More than a temporary challenge: The characteristics and outcomes of contingent work in China".  Penn State’s Center for Global Studies awards prizes of up to $2,000 annually to support the professional development of Liberal Arts ABD doctoral students and early career faculty on a tenure track through international research and travel.

Congratulations Dr Liu!


Sept 2014: Visiting Faculty from Turkey to Study Employer Attractiveness

Dr Dinçer Atli joined CIHRS as a post-doctoral visiting scholar for the 2014/15 academic year. During his stay, he is conducting a study funded by a scholarship from TUBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey). The research will explore the effects of symbolic and instrumental attributes on employer attractiveness by comparing Turkish and US media companies.

Dr Atli is an Assistant Professor at Uskudar University, Turkey. After finishing High School, he enrolled at the communications faculty at Istanbul University. While pursuing his studies, he worked as a project assistant in one of Turkey’s leading communication companies. After graduation, he enrolled at Istanbul University where he gained his M.A. in Economics in 2005, majoring in Corporate Culture and its impacts in Turkey. After completing his military service he worked as an HR specialist for Turkcell Group, and completed his PhD at Marmara University. During this time, Dinçer was awarded a scholarship from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) for being the highest ranked student during his master’s education. His  PhD thesis (Human Resource Management's New Vision: Talent Management and Research on Media Companies), the first in Turkey to focus on the subject of Talent Management, was submitted in 2010. Dr. Atli’s  enhanced PhD dissertation was published in 2012 as a book which was the first of its kind regarding Talent Management in Turkey (2nd edition 2013). He gained experience abroad in Germany, being invited as a guest lecturer through the ERASMUS teaching mobility program at the University of Trier and Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences in 2012 and 2013. 

Dr. Atli’s research papers on Talent Management and Employer Attractiveness have been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals in Turkey. He has also been frequently invited by several national TV and radio stations as well as newspapers to speak on the subject of talent management. Dinçer's research interests include human resources, talent management, corporate culture, employer branding, employer attractiveness, media organizations, social media and virtual worlds.

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