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HRIC Conference

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We are pleased to present the Second HR Division International Conference (HRIC), to be held in Sydney, on February 20-22, 2016, co-sponsored by the HR Division of the Academy of Management (AOM), the Business School and AGSM at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Centre for Human Resource Management at the University of South Australia, and Monash University. The conference theme is Highlighting Context and Concepts in Human Resource Management (HRM).

The current Academy of Management membership profile reflects a significant turning point: more new members now come from outside North America than from within it. In the not-too-distant future, the majority of AOM membership will be based outside North America. The HRIC conferences are designed to better integrate this global community and disseminate HR knowledge to management researchers and practitioners wherever they live and work.

Building on the success of the first HRIC in Beijing, China (June 2014), this second HRIC focuses on current directions in contexts and concepts in HRM and features three eminent keynote speakers: Prof. David Guest (Kings’ College, London, UK), Prof. Fang Lee Cooke (Monash University) and Prof. Cheri Ostroff (Centre for Human Resource Management, University of South Australia). In recent decades, as organisations have worked to break down geographical barriers and develop global communities, research has contributed important insight about how HR strategy, practices and outcomes operate across contexts. However, large gaps remain.

This Australian-hosted HRIC creates a forum to exchange views, review lessons learned and identify emerging challenges from an Asian‐Pacific perspective. The HRIC also provides opportunities to share work-in-progress and network with colleagues from academia, industry and government. We invite scholars from around the world to share their ideas on all aspects of HRM – not just those directly related to the conference theme. We welcome proposals for paper presentation, symposia and workshops sessions, addressing but not limited to, such topics as:

  • Investigation of the effectiveness of HR systems and practices in different institutional and cultural contexts
  • Understanding how employees react and adapt to HR practices and their work context
  • Development and validation of new HRM concepts, research methods, and measures in different countries
  • Understanding the organizational context: examining the relationships between HRM and other functional areas, such as marketing or supply chain management

Conference Program

Workshops and a PhD Consortium will be scheduled on Saturday February 20, 2016. PDWs can use a variety of formats, with the aim to enhance skill development and collaborative learning around the latest developments in research and practice.

A welcome ceremony, including morning tea will be held in the morning of Sunday, 21 February 2016 with Prof. David Lepak (Chair of the HR Division), and Prof. Chris Styles (Dean of the Business School, UNSW). A barbeque, sponsored by the Business School, UNSW will be held that evening of this day. The closing ceremony, including drinks and finger food will take place in the afternoon of Monday, 22 February 2016.

HRIC Best Paper Award, Best Student Paper Award and Best Dissertation/Thesis Award

Selected paper abstracts from among those submitted will be nominated for the HRIC Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards. The full papers of the finalists will an additional review by an expert panel. The selected winner(s) will receive a cash prize and their winning paper(s) will be announced during the HRIC closing ceremony. For information on how to submit for the Best Dissertation/Thesis Award please see below.

Conference Location and Accommodation

The Second HRIC 2016 will be held on the Kensington Campus of the UNSW (Sydney). For more details regarding accommodations, please visit the conference website (www.hric2016.org).

Family Friendly Conference!

Sydney offers fabulous and varied attractions including the (climb of the) Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, beautiful beaches (the Coogee to Bondi beach walk), and the nearby Blue Mountains, making it a great place to bring your family. Please remember that February is summer in Australia. To make the conference more enjoyable for everyone, HRIC will offer excursions for family members during the conference. These excursions will be offered at net cost and require advance registration.

Conference Registration & Fees

Registration will open in November, 2015. An early registration fee will be available until January 15, 2016. A late registration fee will apply after January 15, 2016 and on‐site. Students must present a valid student ID upon admission to the conference. Additional fees apply for those registering to the social events and family trips. Please visit the HRIC website (www.hric2016.org) to register.

Types of registration Academic Students
Early bird registration AUD 300 AUD 200
Regular registration AUD 450 AUD 250

Doctoral Student Consortium

As part of the Second HR Division International Conference (HRIC) to be held in Sydney Australia, February 20-22, 2016, a Doctoral Student Consortium will be held on Saturday February 20th. 2016, 9am to 5pm.

Highlights of the HRIC Doctoral Consortium will include:

  • A keynote presentation by Professor David Lepak, Rutgers University (Chair of the Academy of Management HR Division)
  • Advice from leading scholars in the field of HRM;
  • A variety of panels and discussions about surviving the dissertation process, getting published, working with co-authors, managing the job search, and obtaining research grants.

The HRIC Doctoral Consortium is open to all doctoral students who are delegates at the Conference. There is no charge for the Consortium but registration is required by January 15th 2015. To register for the HRIC Doctoral Consortium, please complete the registration form and email it with your two-page resume to helen.decieri@monash.edu by January 15th.

Click here to download 'Doctoral Student Consortium Registration Form'

If you have any questions about the HRIC Doctoral Consortium, please email helen.decieri@monash.edu

Looking forward to seeing you in Sydney!

Best dissertation award

The conference committee of the HRIC Sydney, February 2016, is pleased to announce the award of Best Dissertation for the scholar whose doctoral thesis (PhD or Professional Doctorate) best meets the criteria defined below. A panel of internationally renowned scholars (names listed below) will judge the submissions. There will be no right of appeal.

Dissertations should be written and defended in English and your work should be clearly articulated and structured. The dissertation should address a topic within the broad area of HRM, and/or have implications for scholarly communities within this sphere. You should have or plan to have defended your thesis between 31st January 2014 and 10th January 2016, and either you or a member of your supervisory team should have the intention of attending the HRIC conference in February 2016.

As part of your submission you are required to include a statement from a member of your supervisory team of the institution where your thesis is registered supporting your submission for the Best Dissertation Award of this conference. Your entry must be submitted by 11th January 2016.

The academic criteria by which your dissertation will be assessed are as follows:

  • Contribution to knowledge (especially novelty) – 45%
  • Methodological rigor –30%
  • Practical implications –25%

To enter the competition you are required to submit your thesis together with an abstract which succinctly signposts (no more than two A4 pages overall) how the criteria detailed above have been met in the thesis. Please email your submission to Helen Shipton.

A supporting statement from your institution (as outlined above) should also be attached in your submission. Winners and runners up will be notified in advance of the conference. An amount of up to $1000 Australian dollars is available for the prize winner. In the event of runners-up, the prize money will be divided accordingly.

Please note that we are unable to provide feedback on your submission.

The conference committee is grateful for the support of the HR Division of the Academy of Management, who will publish the name of the winning scholar, and any runners-up, on the HRIC Sydney conference website. We acknowledge and thank Nottingham Business School for sponsoring the best doctoral thesis. The name and profile of the award winner and runner-up will feature in the Nottingham Business School newsletter immediately following the conference (April 2016).

We look forward to receiving your submission.

Dissertation prize committee

  • Tim Bednall
  • Pawan Budhwar
  • Elaine Farndale
  • Robert Kase
  • Susan Kirk
  • Helen Shipton
  • Carole Tansley
  • Robert Verburg
  • Huadong Yang

Helen Shipton

Head of Doctoral Programmes
Professor of International HRM
Nottingham Business School
Nottingham Trent University
NG1 4BU
0044 (0) 115 941 8418
helen.Shipton@ntu.ac.uk

Guest Editor Special Issue Human Resource Management Journal: ‘Human Resource Management and Innovation: A Multi-level Perspective.’ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1748-8583

Co-Editor, with Budhwar, Sparrow & Brown: ‘Human Resource Management, Innovation and Performance’, Palgrave (forthcoming)

The HRIC2 Conference theme in 2016 is: "HIGHLIGHTING CONTEXT AND CONCEPTS IN HRM"

The conference will feature three prominent keynote speakers:

  • David Guest (Kings’ College, London, UK)
  • Fang Cooke (Monash University) and
  • Cheri Ostroff (Centre for Human Resource Management, University of South Australia)

The second HRIC will offer unique opportunities to exchange views on lessons learned and emerging challenges from an Asian‐Pacific perspective, and explore current directions in context and concepts in HRM. The conference will also provide opportunities to share work‐in‐progress and interact with scholars from academia, industry and government with the hope of forging fruitful and ongoing collaborations.

  • February 20-22, 2016
  • Plenary will be held at the John Niland Scientia Building and all other sessions will be held at the AGSM Building at the UNSW Kensington campus.
  • Daily from 8.00am – 6.00pm

Register for the event


Doctoral Student Consortium

As part of the Second HR Division International Conference (HRIC) to be held in Sydney Australia, February 20-22, 2016, a Doctoral Student Consortium will be held on Saturday February 20th. 2016, 9am to 5pm.

Highlights of the HRIC Doctoral Consortium will include:

  • A keynote presentation by Professor David Lepak, Rutgers University (Chair of the Academy of Management HR Division)
  • Advice from leading scholars in the field of HRM;
  • A variety of panels and discussions about surviving the dissertation process, getting published, working with co-authors, managing the job search, and obtaining research grants.

The HRIC Doctoral Consortium is open to all doctoral students who are delegates at the Conference. There is no charge for the Consortium but registration is required by January 15th 2015. To register for the HRIC Doctoral Consortium, please complete the registration form and email it with your two-page resume to helen.decieri@monash.edu by January 15th.

Click here to download 'Doctoral Student Consortium Registration Form'

If you have any questions about the HRIC Doctoral Consortium, please email helen.decieri@monash.edu

Looking forward to seeing you in Sydney!

David Guest (Kings’ College, London, UK)

David Guest is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management in the Department of Management at King’s College, London. His main research interests concern the relationship between human resource management, organizational performance and employee well-being; the individualisation of employment relations and the role of the psychological contract; flexibility and employment contracts; and the impact of the changing nature of careers. He sits on several editorial boards and has published in a wide range of journals including the Journal of Organizational Behavior, The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and the Academy of Management Journal.

Fang Cooke (Monash University)

Fang Lee Cooke is Professor of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Asia Studies at Monash Business School, Monash University. Her research interests are in the area of employment relations, gender studies, diversity management, strategic HRM, knowledge management and innovation, outsourcing and shared services, Chinese outward FDI and employment of Chinese migrants. Fang has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is an Associate Editor for Human Resource Management; International Journal of Human Resource management; and Gender, Work, and Organization; Senior Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Management; and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources. Fang’s current research projects include: Chinese construction and mining firms in Africa and their employment practices and labour relations; employee resilience, HRM practices and engagement in the finance sector in the Asian region; the evolution of industrial relations and implications for foreign firms in South Asia; organizational practices and management models in the care sector; and HRM in healthcare organizations.

Cheri Ostroff (Centre for Human Resource Management, University of South Australia)

Cheri Ostroff is a Professor and a senior researcher at the Centre for Human Resource Management (CHRM) at the University of South Australia Business School. Her work focuses on how the practices and features of an organisation influence the attitudes and performance of individuals, and, conversely, how individuals’ characteristics collectively influence organisational functions. Professor Ostroff has received a Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in Applied Research from the American Psychological Association (APA), an Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), an Outstanding Teacher Award from Teachers College at Columbia University, a Scholarly Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management (AoM), and the Decade Award from the AoM. She is an elected fellow of both APA and SIOP. She is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness, Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.

About HRIC

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Trip Planning

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Sponsorship

If you would like to become a sponsor for the conference, download our sponsorship package for more information.
Sponsorship Package

Doctoral Consortium

If you have registered as a student for the conference, please complete the registration form below and return it with your 2 page CV to helen.decieri@monash.edu
Doctoral Consortium Registration Form