Summer conference sets focus on the global aspects of personnel economics

The organization design of incentives, personnel policies, management and culture are challenged by globalisation. Top researchers meet in August at AU to discuss the latest knowledge.

2014.03.20 | Pernille Kallehave

In late August researchers in the field of Personnel Economics will meet at Sandbjerg Manor to discuss the organisation of firms and human resource management in a global context.

Aarhus University Research Foundation supports the conference with 90.000 kr.

”Firms sit on a goldmine of data about their employees . When researchers get access to such data they can help improve the business” says Anders Frederiksen, Professor at ICOA/AU Herning and one of the lead organisors of the conference.

“For years we have studied the use of pay systems, recruitment and retention policies, incentives and human captial building – so, now it is time to take stock. We will not just focus on the well studied European and US markets, but also invite friends and collegues from other parts of the world, where the topic “personnel economics” is growing at a rapid pace. After all, business is global an may firms operate in the global market.” 

Conference on Global Aspects of Personnel Economics

The conference is hosted by Aarhus University and held at Sandbjerg Manor located in Southern Denmark on 27-28 August 2014.

The conference will put focus on topics like

  • Personnel policies in multinational companies

    • Cross-country differences in incentive systems usage
    • Differences in the management of foreign and native employees
    • The roles of culture for determining how workplaces and jobs are designed
    • Are some personnel management practices universally good, while others are not?
    • Outsourcing, offshoring and Human Resource Management.

Stanford professor to give keynote

The founding father of personnel Economics, Professor Edward P. Lazear from Stanford University will be keynote speaker at the conference.  Edward P. Lazear is a labor economist and his research centers on employee incentives, promotions, compensation, and productivity in firms. He has also devoted studies to culture and language, with an emphasis on explaining the rise in multiculturalism in the United States. Recent work includes an already widely known theory of educational production. His current research is on entrepreneurship, leadership, and its relation to personnel economics. 

The conference is organised by AU Herning in cooperation with the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture (ICOA) and Department of Economics and Business.

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts and paper is 10 April 2014.
  • Notice of acceptance is 1 May 2014.

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