Chris Brewster is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK. He was successively a steeplejack, a union official, an official in the Ministry of Labour, a personnel manager in the construction and aviation industries, a journalist and consultant. During that time, he obtained 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 and has worked in universities around the world. He has written or edited more than thirty books, including, recently, the Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management; International Mobility; 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 well 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 will address the Conference theme by discussing wicked problems (and proposed wicked solutions) in management research. Specifically, Chris will draw on current debates and practices in management to argue that the trajectory of management research is taking us in the wrong direction; we need a fundamental rethink of what we are doing and who we are doing it for.
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