IHRM Webinar Series: Using Works of Art to Illustrate Ways of Knowing in IHRM

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

This seminar focuses on an innovative teaching method to explain ways of knowing and research paradigms (i.e., positivism, interpretivism, and critical theory) in Master and PhD courses. The method consists of using works of art to illustrate these paradigms, an initiative launched originally by the French philosopher Michel Foucault. Despite Foucault’s influence on Management, this is a unique pedagogical initiative in IHRM. The method helps clarify and make more accessible some notions and issues which tend to be challenging to grasp for students (and researchers) without a philosophical background. The use of paintings (and other non-academic sources) can help students distinguish various ways of knowing in IHRM and reinforces information provided in more academic-oriented texts. This can, in turn, trigger the utilization of different research paradigms in an area like ours that is often accused of being overly biased and/or dominated by positivist positions.


  • Jaime Bonache is Full Professor of Management at University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) and Visiting Professor at Esade Business School (Barcelona, Spain). Jaime started his University career in the Philosophy Field, teaching Logic and Philosophy Science at Carleton University (Canada). He later moved to the HR Management area, a field in which he has been Full Professor of International HRM at Cranfield School of Management (UK), holder of the DAAD Guest Chair International Management at Göttingen Universität (Germany) and Visiting Professor at numerous Universities and Business Schools in Latin-America. This year he has been awarded the Johann-von-Spix- Guest Chair at Bamberg Universität (Germany). Jaime is an expert in International Compensation, Countercultural HR Practices, and Epistemology. His work has appeared in leading scholarly outlets, including Human Resource Management Journal, Organization Studies, Journal of World Business, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, and International Journal of HRM, among others. His latest co-edited book, Global Mobility and the Management of Expatriates, has been published by Cambridge University Press.
  • This session will be moderated by Elaine Farndale, Professor of Human Resource Management, at Penn State University, USA.

Date: 28 September 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.