University of Bamberg

The University of Bamberg is an internationally recognised centre for excellent research and teaching in the Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration with a particular emphasis on labour markets and education, including a long-standing track record in funded research on migration. The University’s research excellence in this area is underpinned by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Bamberg. Research cooperation between the University’s Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration and the Federal Institute for Employment Research in nearby Nuremberg is close. The Bamberg Graduate School of Social Science is funded under the German Excellence Initiative to provide outstanding graduate training and supervision in English to its international student body.


Scholars in charge:

Prof. Dr. Maike Andresen
Prof. Dr. Thomas Saalfeld

Copenhagen Business School

CBS has a strong international reputation and is often highly placed in external rankings (in 2015 rankings from Eduniversal placed CBS # 3 in the world and the University of Texas at Dallas placed CBS # 7 in Europe and # 77 in the world). CBS has a very large annual output in terms of articles in peer reviewed journals (514 in 2015) and an extensive cooperation with industry. CBS has ‘triple crown’ accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB).

CBS has been quoted as one of the most interesting business schools in the world today, attracting a large number of international staff (more than 1/3 of the academics). With the distinctiveness of its diversity, CBS aims to become a world-leading business university with research – and teaching – excellence in classical management disciplines (including finance and economics, accounting and operations management, marketing, strategic management and organisation) and in disciplines that place business in a wider social, political and cultural context. CBS has a particular responsibility to bring knowledge and new ideas to companies and business organisations, to the next generation of business leaders, and to society as a whole.

Students are trained within business knowledge and business skills, combined with reflective thinking and critical approaches, it is important for CBS that its students are of value to society and are equipped to face urgent problems of society today. At CBS we challenge traditional business research and thereby improve it.


Scholar in charge:

Prof. Dr. Mette Zølner

Cranfield University

Cranfield University creates leaders in technology and management, partnering with business and governments to deliver transformational research, postgraduate education and professional development.

Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation.

We specialise in the aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, management, manufacturing, transport systems, and water sectors.

The high-quality and distinctive nature of Cranfield’s work has been recognised through numerous prizes and awards, including the award of the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education on five separate occasions.

Our School of Management is a world leader in management education and has been helping individuals and businesses to succeed by transforming knowledge into action for over 50 years.

The School of Management is ranked as number one in the world for its economics teaching (the FT Global MBA Ranking 2017); our Management MSc is ranked number one in the UK and seventh in the world (The Economist Which MBA? Masters in Management (MiM) 2017 rankings); and our customised executive education programmes are ranked in the top 10 in Europe.

The School of Management will host the ESRs.


Scholar in charge:

Prof. Dr. Michael Dickmann

Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

IAB was founded as the research institute of the Federal Employment Agency (BA) in 1967 and is the largest labour market research institute in Germany today. 150 economists, sociologists and researchers study micro and macro, international, regional and firm level as well as institutional aspects of the labour market. IAB also provides large-scale register and survey data sets for the research community. It provides evidence-based policy advice at the international, EU- and national level. IAB runs also a Graduate Program with about 20 doctoral students in cooperation with universities. The statute of IAB guarantees the complete independence of IAB with respect to all aspects of research and policy advice. The German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) classified the research and policy advice conducted at IAB as very good and excellent.


Scholars in charge:

Prof. Dr. Silke Anger
Prof. Dr. Herbert Brücker

Toulouse Business School (TBS)

TBS is a French ‘Grande Ecole’ Business School (>4,200 students) with an academic focus on business, social and economic sciences. TBS is part of Toulouse University and a partner in the University Doctoral School in economics, management and law.

Founded in 1903 by the local Chamber of Trade and Industry it has traditionally extensive cooperation with industry and the local, regional, national as well as international corporate environment. TBS has ‘triple crown’ accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB) since 2003. With its large network of international partner universities, TBS facilitates internationally oriented degree programmes and research projects. The promotion and development of young talent is of particular importance to TBS (motto: “Think & Create”). Our graduates are prepared for reflective responsible business with academic and professional preparation for openness, audacity, enthusiasm and ethical standards.


Scholars in charge:

Prof. Dr. Cordula Barzantny
Prof. Dr. Akram Al Ariss

University of Vaasa (UVAA)

UVAA is a multidisciplinary university offering degrees at all academic levels from Bachelor’s degrees to Doctorates. Located on the western coast of Finland, UVAA offers a modern study environment for 5,000 students in three faculties: Business, Technology and Philosophy. UVAA produces graduates who are experts and leaders with an international orientation. UVAA is the second largest provider of university-level business education in Finland. Management studies is a recognised strength and focus area of the research conducted within the University (others being finance, energy technology and multilingualism).

ESRs will be part of the research group in Human Resource Management (HRM). Comprising five professors, seven post-doctoral researchers and almost 30 doctoral students, the HRM research group is Finland’s largest scientific research group dedicated to examining people management issues in organisations. The group produces high-quality academic research on a variety of HRM-related topics that companies can utilise to improve their competitiveness – through the creation of a skilled and more committed workforce, and via more effective HRM processes that support strategic objectives. The main focus areas of the group’s research are international HRM, strategic HRM, and leadership.


Scholars in charge:

Prof. Dr. Liisa Mäkelä
Prof. Dr. Vesa Suutari


Airbus Group is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defence-related services, creating cutting-edge technology. The Airbus Group operates in more than 170 locations worldwide and employs 138,622 employees in 2015. Most of the Company’s order book and growing industrial footprint now lies beyond its European borders. Such examples can be seen in aircraft final assembly lines in Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Alabama (US). We also produce helicopters in Brazil, maintain research centres in Singapore, India, the US, China and Russia, and we run Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hubs on five continents.

Airbus Group’s strong European roots as the largest aerospace and defence company in Europe, the Airbus Group is proud of its European roots and achievements. We make a vital and growing contribution to the economies of our home countries, France, Germany, Spain and the UK, and around 35,500 of our suppliers (or 65% of our total spend) are in our home markets. We also help to preserve European competitiveness on the world stage: since our foundation in 2000, we have created 15,000 new high-tech jobs in Europe alone.


Scholar in charge:

Lénaïck Zimmermann

Partner organisations

atrain GmbH

atrain is a global consulting company specialised in strategic talent assessment and development solutions. It helps organisations build their human capital by implementing processes and systems that create alignment between the organisational strategy and goals, the desired culture and values, as well as the competencies of leaders and professionals across the company. atrain´s core areas of expertise include: people and organisational development, talent and leadership development services, assessment services, questionnaires and analysis.


Irene Bellodi

European Migration Network (EMN)

The European Migration Network (EMN), established and coordinated by the European Commission, is an EU network of migration and asylum experts who work together to provide objective, comparable policy-relevant information, comprised of National Contact Points (EMN NCPs) and national networks of relevant stakeholder organisations. The EMN produce reports, studies and policy briefs with analysis of policy and legislative development and implementation, facilitate an information exchange system for stakeholders, as well as maintains a glossary of migration and asylum-related terms. The EMN partner in the GLOMO Project is the Estonian National Contact Point (EE EMN NCP), located in the School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University.


Person in charge:

Dr Ave Lauren

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

BMAS is part of the German government, which is responsible for creating a strong framework for more jobs, promoting social inclusion and maintaining stable social security systems. It seeks to identify interministerial solutions and liaises with the relevant Länder and municipalities when implementing its measures, and cooperates closely with Committee on Labour and Social Affairs, the primary parliamentary decision-making body. The immediate area of responsibility of the BMAS includes the Federal Labour Court, the Federal Social Court, the Federal lnsurance Office – which legally supervises organisations such as the German old-age pensions insurance – and the Federal lnstitute for Occupational Safety and Health. Furthermore, the Federal Employment Agency is under the legal supervision of the BMAS.


Person in charge:

Katharina Erbeldinger

German Federal Employment Agency, Brussels Office

The Federal Employment Agency is the Public Employment Services in Germany and with some 100,000 employees the key organisation in charge of all aspects of labour market policies. The international placement of workers and the integration of immigrants into the labour market is one its main objectives. The European Representation of the BA in Brussels is involved with all European aspects relevant for German labour market policies, facilitating European worker mobility is an important part of its activities.


Person in charge:

Janice Schmidt-Altmeyer

International Community Platform

The International Community Platform (ICP) is a Dutch employer’s organisation that conducts research in the field of expatriate employment, and contributes to policy-making aimed at the improvement of recruitment and retention of high potential international employees in the Netherlands in association with an extensive network of international businesses and governmental organisations. ICP also collects data and produces reports on various topics concerned with careers and well-being of internationals in the Netherlands.


Nicole van Haelst

Philips Electronics Nederland B.V.

Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. is one of the leading health technology companies and leader in diagnostic imaging, image- guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics. Philips operates as a multinational company and employs approximately 77,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

Person in charge:

Jai Patel
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The RES-Forum Ltd.

The RES Forum has the following vision and mission for its members:

To establish an objective and easy-to-use resource that assists and helps member companies in their international HR and mobility matters

To provide our members with comprehensive benchmark programmes that cover policy and practice across a wide range of industry sectors

To provide our members with the ability to raise a question and find an answer across our network of participating companies and Technical Partners

To offer opportunity for professional development to our member companies through participation on Forum initiatives. To assist each other through collaboration and knowledge sharing to build an unrivalled community of engaged global HR professionals.


Person in charge:

David Enser

University of Essex

ISER is a centre for the production and analysis of longitudinal studies. It encompasses the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change and the internationally-renowned Microsimulation Unit, which hosts the EUROMOD project. It is also responsible for the design and management of the UK Household Longitudinal Study known as Understanding Society and its predecessor, the British Household Panel Survey. ISER is an interdisciplinary research centre with a thriving PhD program.

ISER’s research includes survey methodology as well as the analysis of various social and economic aspects of people’s lives including health and inequalities. ISER’s research does not focus only on people living in the UK, but also includes Europe and other parts of the world.


Person in charge:

Dr Cara Booker

Wärtsilä Finland OY

Wärtsilä is a Finnish corporation that manufactures and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets. The core products of Wärtsilä include large combustion engines used in cruise ships and ferries. As of 2014 the company employed close to 18,000 workers in more than 70 countries and it is headquartered in Helsinki.

Wärtsilä has three main businesses; Power Plants focussing on the energy market, Ship Power focusing on the marine market and Services which is supporting both markets. Wärtsilä operates globally but its Ship Power division is heavily focused on Asia.


Person in charge:

Kai Kamila

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Jaime Bonache

Jaime Bonache is Full Professor of Organization Studies at Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain). He has also been Full Professor of International Human Resource Management at Cranfield School of Management (United Kingdom) and Esade Business School (Spain). For more than 20 years, Professor Bonache has been combining his teaching and research activities with consultancy in human resource management.

Professor Bonache’s academic publications include more than thirty articles in international journals, including Journal of World Business, Journal of Organizational Behavior, IJHRM, Organization Studies, Human Resource Management, and HRM Review. He has also been a guest editor of seven special issues of international academic journals on trends in global mobility. In addition to his articles, he has written and edited four books, one of them (Dirección de Personas, with Angel Cabrera) has been a best-seller in a number of Spanish-speaking countries. With a focus on international human resource management, he co-authored a book with Paula Caligiuri and David Lepak entitled Managing a Global Workforce (Wiley Publishers, 2012).


Prof. Dr. Chris Brewster

Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK; Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; and the University Vaasa, Finland. He had substantial experience as a practitioner and gained his doctorate from the LSE before becoming an academic. He researches in the field of international and comparative HRM. Chris is a frequent international conference speaker.

He has written or edited around thirty books, including, recently, the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management; Managing Performance Abroad: a new model for understanding expatriate adjustment; and Varieties of HRM: A Comparative Study of the Relationship between Context and Firm. He has also published more than a hundred book chapters and over 200 articles in refereed journals. In 2002 Chris was awarded the Georges Petitpas Memorial Award by the practitioner body, the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international human resource management; and in 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa, Finland.

Chris Brewster

Prof. Dr. Marion Festing

Marion Festing is Professor of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership at ESCP Europe’s Berlin campus and holds the Renault Chair of Intercultural Management. She has founded ESCP Europe’s Talent Management Institute and the Excellence Centre for Intercultural Management, which both link academic and practitioner communities by creating new knowledge and building platforms for networking and exchange.

Her research interest is in IHRM with a special emphasis on talent management, rewards and careers in various institutional and cultural contexts. Her work has been published in international journals, including Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of World Business and Management International Review. She has coauthored a textbook on International Human Resource Management (7th edn, Andover 2017) together with P.J. Dowling and A.D. Engle. Further, she serves as the editor-in-chief of the German Journal of Human Resource Management and is the German ambassador of the HR-Division of the Academy of Management.

Marion Festing

Prof. Dr. Jan Selmer

Jan Selmer (PhD, Stockholm University, Sweden) is Professor, Department of Management at Aarhus BSS, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interest lies in cross-cultural management with a special focus on global mobility. For two decades, he has been an academic expatriate, most of the time in Hong Kong. He is the Founding Editor in-Chief of the Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research (Emerald). His academic production includes ten books and numerous journal articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals. His latest book from 2017, Research Handbook of Expatriates (Edward Elgar), co-edited with Yvonne McNulty, is the first of its kind. Much earlier, Expatriate Management: New Ideas for International Business, published in 1995 by Quorum Books, has become a classic text about the topic.

Jan Selmer