IHRM Webinar Series: Informal Network Research in International HRM

This event is part of an IHRM Webinar Series, organized by the Centre for Global Workforce Strategy at Simon Fraser University (Canada), the Center for International Human Resource Studies at the Pennsylvania State University (USA), Pennsylvania Western University (USA), ESCP Business School and RIT Croatia (Europe).

About this event

Informal networks are a societal phenomenon that can be a significant obstacle to the effectiveness of international managers and expatriates. However, informal networks can simultaneously enable and facilitate business activities and support the efficiency and effectiveness of managerial actions. While informal networking has been universally regarded as an important feature of expatriate effectiveness, respective network constructs as well as the act of networking abroad, remain weakly understood when taking expatriates’ ability to connect to local networks into account.

This webinar will showcase conceptual and empirical research on informal networks in International HRM. Its purpose is to create awareness that informal networking is not only relevant to the field of expatriate management but also to the broader trend towards global mobility and social cohesion in diverse and pluralistic societies.


  • Sven Horak teaches and researches in the field of international management, human resources management, and leadership ethics at The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York.
  • This session will be moderated by Elaine Farndale, Professor of Human Resource Management, at Penn State University.

Date: 16 March 2023.
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CET (Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Zagreb)
More information & registration here. This event will be hosted virtually on Zoom. Event access links will be provided 24 hours prior to the event start.
No fee.
Inquiries: beedie-events@sfu.ca

Previous installments of the IHRM Webinar Series are available online at our YouTube Channel.