IHRM Webinar Series: Let’s Talk about Language!

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

People, not organizations, speak languages. This webinar introduces language-sensitive research in IB and explains why and how it emerged. It provides an overview of current state of knowledge and discusses potential avenues for future (interdisciplinary) research.
During this webinar, we will problematize the way translation has been treated in quantitative and qualitative IB research. Instead, translation is offered as an approach that has implications both for theory development as well as methodological advances in IB and the IHRM field.


  • Rebecca Piekkari is Marcus Wallenberg Chair of International Business at Aalto University School of Business in Finland. Her recent research focuses on translation as a theoretical perspective on IB phenomena; the shifting meaning of location for cross-border activities, as well as questions of socio-cultural sustainability, diversity and inclusion in multinational corporations. She is known for her expertise in language-sensitive research and qualitative research methods in IB. Together with her co-authors she won the 2021 JIBS Decade award for the article on theorizing from case studies. Rebecca has also co-edited several handbooks and book chapters on these topics. She is one of the Area Editors of the Journal of International Business Studies (JIBS) and sits on several editorial boards of IB and management journals. Rebecca is the leader and founding member of Qual+ – the Center for Qualitative Management Research – at Aalto University School of Business. She is Fellow of the Academy of International Business and the European International Business Academy.
  • This session will be moderated by Maral Muratbekova, Professor of the Department of Management, ESCP Business School, Paris, France.

Date: 27 April 2023.
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 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.