As always Academy of Management was hectic and inspirational – 5 days of intense learning, presenting and networking.
This year I started my AOM experience earlier due to a pre-preconference event. Namely, I recently joined a group of researchers named 5C – they study careers in cross-cultural setting – and our meeting was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday before the Academy at McGill University. This was my first contact with this very interesting group of people. I enjoyed listening to experts talking about careers, learned a lot, and tried to contribute as much as I could to the discussion. The meeting ended with a challenging agenda for the future.
The AOM annual event itself was full of great content, meeting old friends and making new contacts. The meeting of HR Ambassadors was packed with high expectations before the launch of our commonly created international HR casebook. The PDWs and scholarly sessions were interesting but …according to Murphy’s law sometimes scheduled at the same time or far apart (this time the organizers really cared for fitness of participants, jogging between various conference locations was my favourite sport, too ). Our symposium about Bridging micro-macro divides in Strategic HRM was well attended and generated some interesting comments and questions.
This year I volunteered to be a mentor to two first-time participants – it was a great and very rewarding experience – have to do it next year. Strange enough, out of almost 10,000 participants, I bumped into my mentee on the first day of the conference ordering coffee. What a coincidence!
All in all, AOM in Montreal was great and I am looking forward to Texas next year.
Mentoring new members
In April and May I took some time off from teaching and went for a fantastic research stay in Australia. The time spent in Vicotria and NSW was interesting, fruitful and …I have to admit …very engaged and busy. I finaly had some time to think through my exisitng research work and set guideliness for the future. In addtion, I worked on the content of my research interests and learned new methodological approaches. But most of all I met really great people, with whom I started promising projects. My host at the Universtiy of Melbourne, Department of Management and Marketing, was Sachiko Yamao, who put a lot of effort in making my stay just perfect. We had some great discussions and started writing a paper…I bet it is going to be a success Sachiko kindly introduced me her colleagues at the Department and beyond – they were all very friendly and supporting (also in explaining Australian sports, interenational society and business context to me).
By observing them at work I can see now why the University of Melbourne was the first and only Australian university to rank in the Top 100 of the Business and Economics subject area accoring to Times Higher Eduaction rankings. My other host in Melbourne was the School of Behaviroral Sceinces, specifically, Pip Patisson and the Melnet people. Discussions with them were in a way eye-opening for me. It was really fascinating to see them constantly developing new quantitative methods custom-made for solving specific research problems as they came along – something the we in business and management, who are used of of the shelf solutions and software packages can only dream of. Eric Quintane and Galina Daraganova were especially supportinve in helping me with PNET and its peculiarities
I really appprecite the opportunity the was given to me and hope that I will be able to visit Melbourne again.
Today I am talking at the DCU LInK and meeting my Irish colleagues. The topic of my talk will be:
How can we use social network perspectives in HRM research: An example and a look ahead.
I really liked late spring and summer this year. It was a very productive time for me and colleagues that share interest in similar research themes. I think we really got the ball rolling as far as research on social networks and HRM is concerned.
In May I was on “the UK tour”. It started by co-organizing a special track “Knowledge renewal in knowledge networks” at the EURAM 2009 conference in Liverpool (with Miha Škerlavaj, Juani Swart and John Powell) and continued with research seminars at the University of Bath and the Cardiff University. Special thanks here go to Juani Swart and John Powell, who were excellent hosts and provided the opportunity to share my work and ideas with people of these two highly respected institutions. Apart from talks about social networks, HRM, and professional service firms we also discussed differences in faculty management systems, challenges of teaching executives and the good old “publish or perish” issue.
The beginning of August was all about the Annual Academy of Management meeting in Chicago. I really enjoyed it because I could combine my social network and HRM interests in one conference, which is not very often. I met a lot of very nice and interesting people and learned a lot. Apart from that Zella King and I organized a PDW on “Social network perspectives in HRM research”; the attendance level indicated that the interest for this perspectives is rising among HRM researches. My job at the PDW was to do the introduction (you will find an overview of my talk under Resources). The feedback on the PDW was great – we now plan a mini-conference for March and a special issue about HRM and social networks in the near future.