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Engle Collaborates with International Human Resource Faculty


International business is familiar ground for Dr. Allen D. Engle, Sr.

The Harold Glenn Campbell Endowed Chair of International Business and EKU Foundation Professor traveled to Prague last September to continue a major collaboration with international coauthors. Their presentation, “Human Resource Issues as Seen by HR Managers in MNEs in the CEE Region: Patterns of Professional Preparation, Competency Development and Global-Local Roles and Responsibilities,” outlined part of the results of the third major round of an ongoing research project.

The project, founded by Engle and Jozsef Poor in 2004, led to the creation of the Central and Eastern European International Research Team (CEEIRT), a consortium of academics from 11 nations in the region that have been doing empirical research on the practices and issues facing human resource managers working in multinational enterprises in the region. While at the conference Engle made contacts with a number of academics and administrators in the region, one of which led to a visiting teaching opportunity for 2017.

In additional international collaborations, EKU students in Engle's International Management course will participate in a virtual cross-border learning experience. Now in its fourth year, Kentucky and German students, from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg - Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University of Villingen-Schwenningen, share a "moodle“ web based platform and have virtual team meetings and "live“ cross continental presentations. An assessment of the German student evaluations for the course as well as the presentation of "lessons learned“ by the two faculty members and entitled "Internationalization and the Intercultural Aspects of Virtual Cross-Border Learning“ was accepted for presentation at the 29th Annual International Academy of Business Disciplines Conference to be held in New Orleans in April.

The bestselling textbook “International Human Resource Management, 7th edition” coauthored by Engle along with Professor Peter Dowling of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Marion Festing, Professor and Chair holder in International Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership at the Berlin Campus of ESCP-Europe, is planned for publication in late March of 2017.

EKU’s spring break found Engle in Los Angeles exchanging ideas with John Boudreau, Professor of Management and Research Director for the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO) at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Their wide ranging conversation included stories of common colleagues and mentors, a shared interest in the topic of virtual expatriation, the changing nature of work in a global context and the linkages between human resource metrics and strategic refocusing efforts.

In May, Engle will be presenting an empirical paper on the division of roles and responsibilities in Human Resource practices between local subsidiary managers and headquarters HRM professionals in Central and Eastern European multinationals at the Third Global International Human Resource Management Conference, sponsored by the School of Employment and Labor Relations at Pennsylvania State University in New York City.

During the summer, Engle will be in Vienna, Austria as a Visiting Instructor of International Human Resource Management, teaching a course in international HRM, at the FHWien der WKW, the University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication. The invitation resulted from the October 2016 meetings and discussion in Prague.

Published on March 27, 2017

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