Discussing Challenges of HRM in the 21st Century – AIB Annual Meeting in New Orleans

This year we had again a strong presence of our members at several of the big conferences. This summer the start was made with the Academy of International Business (AIB) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Lousiana.

The research presented and discussed covered many different fields. Especially, the pressing challenges related to the change of the international work environment due terrorism or the different faces of diversity and personal development in expatriate management were discussed at the conference.

Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg), Gabriele Suder (University of Melbourne, Australia), and Robert Grosse (Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA) introduced a review and outlook on “The Legacy of 9/11 in International Business Research”. Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg) and Tassilo Schuster (University Erlangen-Nürnberg) presented their empirical analysis on the “Expatriate Social Networks and Social Support in Low vs. High Risk Countries”. While Anna Katharina Bader (Georg-August-University Göttingen) and Carol Reade (San Jose State University, USA) presented their work on the relationship between terrorism and expatriates’ withdrawal cognitions, examining the differential role in the work and non-work domains.

Another pressing issue shaping our work world is diversity. Anna Katharina Bader (Georg-August-University Göttingen) discussed two research pieces on this topic: The first copes with the gender diversity management in foreign subsidiaries and compared the cultural contexts of Germany and Japan. The second paper looked at the different attitudes towards women in subsidiaries of Scandinavian MNCs in Japan.

The next important theme tackled is related to the field of personal development in the context of expatriation and inpatriation. Judith Ambrosius (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Benjamin Bader (Leuphana University of Lüneburg) examined the relation of international assignments, personality traits, mentoring and well-being. Tassilo Schuster and his colleagues from the University of Erlangen- Nürnberg presented their work regarding the abilities, motivation, and opportunities of inpartiates as agents for knowledge transfer.

Finally, Mathias Baum (University of Kaiserslautern) presented his work on more strategically oriented issues: He examined the home-peer entry density and the internationalization strategies and the export market exit of SMEs together with his colleague Sui Sui (Ryerson University). Further, Mathias Baum presented a meta-analysis with fellow researchers from the University of Kaiserslautern. They focused on the relationship between international diversification and firm performance.

Overall, the conference was a place for fruitful discussion and successfully contributed to developing our members’ research.

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