Chair of Human Resource Management

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This chair is specialized in research about work, human resource, and the organization; it is rooted in the social sciences, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented. Its output is theoretically and methodically multiparadigmatic embedded in the philosophy of critical management research. These critical and politically-oriented approaches, draw attention to organizations with a plurality of interest and hegemonic structures, in which individual and collective actors seek to assert their interests, as well as discourses and discursive practices. Within this framework “Personnel”, Human Resource strategies and personnel structures are byproducts taking recourse from social structures. Interests and resources of the stakeholders, conflicts and power effects of management practices are just as central categories of analysis, such as the efficiency and effectiveness of practices and concepts of human resource management.

We focus on features of work and working conditions (e.g. emotion work, service work), with personnel policies and practices (e.g. professional and managerial binding, employment of persons with a migrant background, age management) and with processes and structures of the organization in their context of social phenomena and institutions (e.g., worker participation, staff diversity / Diversity and Equal Opportunities).

Kornau, A., Kumra, S. (2021): Richard Florida’s creative class: the Global Tolerance Index and its value for diversity and inclusion research. Eddy Ng, Christina Stamper, Alain Klarsfeld, Yu (Jade) Han (Eds.): Handbook on Diversity and Inclusion Indices. A Research Compendium. Edward Elgar, 66-82.                                                                                                                                                DOI: 10.4337/9781788975728

Kornau, A., Knappert, L., Erdur, D.A. (2021): Advertising, avoiding, disrupting, and tabooing: The discursive construction of diversity subjects in the Turkish context 37(2): 101-151.              DOI: 10.1016/j.scaman.2021.101151

Haq, R., Klarsfeld, A., Kornau, A., Ngunjiri, F.W. (2020): Diversity in India: Adressing Caste, Disability and Gender. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 39(6): 585-596.
DOI: 10.1108/EDI-04-2020-0095

Kornau, A., Frerichs, I. M., Sieben, B. (2020): An empirical analysis of research paradigms within international human resource management: The need for more diversity. German Journal of Human Resource Management, 24(2): 148–177.
DOI: 10.1177/2397002220908035

Klarsfeld, A., Knappert, L., Kornau, A., Ngunjiri, F., Sieben, B. (2019): Diversity in under-researched countries: new empirical fields challenging old theories? Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 38(7): 694-704.
DOI: 10.1108/EDI-03-2019-0110

Ortlieb, R. & Sieben, B. (2019): Balls, barbecues and boxing: Contesting gender regimes at organizational social events, Organization Studies, 40(1): 115-133.
DOI10.1177/0170840617736941

Krell, G., Ortlieb, R. & Sieben, B. (2018). Gender und Diversity in Organisationen: Grundlegendes zur Chancengleichheit durch Personalpolitik,  Wiesbaden: Gabler.
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-20554-6

Knappert, L., Kornau, A., Figengül, M. (2018): Refugees’ exclusion at work and the intersection with gender. Insights from the Turkish-Syrian Boarder, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 105: 62-82.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0001879117301392?via%3Dihub

Sieben, B. & Rastetter, D. (2017). Management research on gender anddiversity in German-speaking countries: A stock-taking, ZDfm, 2-2017, S. 8-23.
https://doi.org/10.3224/zdfm.v2i2.02

December 2020, 8th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial Conference
Vanessa Bernauer and her colleague K. Thirumaran from the James Cook University in Singapore organize the subtheme “Equity issues in hospitality & tourism. Exploring (in)equlities” for the hackathon of the hybrid 8th International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial Conference in Jakarta (Indonesia), Singapore & virtual. https://itsaconference2020.com/paper-hackathon/

September 2020, Autumn Workshop of the Scientific Commission for Human Resources
The annual autumn workshop of the Scientific Commission for Human Resources in the Association of University Lecturers in Business Administration, this year at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, is an important meeting of representatives of our subject from the German-speaking countries.
Vanessa Bernauer and Angela Kornau give a short presentation of the project “Inclusion through e-voice? An explorative case study of an internet collective”.

August 2020, 80th Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting, Vancouver/virtual

At the world’s most important conference for management research, the annual conference of the Academy of Management, August 07 – 11 in Boston, Vanessa Bernauer will organize two Professional Development Workshops (PDW) this year.

In cooperation with Abhishek Bhati and K. Thirumaran from JCU Singapore she will bring together the panelists J. Helms Mills, A.J. Mills, D. Nickson, R. Ortlieb, A. Schneider, C. Warhurst and the participants on the topic “Equity issues in hospitality & tourism (H&T). Exploring (in)equalities”.

Another PDW she will organize with Jasmin Joecks, Tanja Reimer and Georg Tamm. They will discuss with the panelists R.A. Berkley, T. Köllen, S. Pichler, R. Trau, J. Webster and the interested people: “Sexual orientation & leadership. Constraints & vehicles for aspiring LGB leaders”. https://aom2020.aom.org/meetings/virtual/eFoKoQYStdLP8MRmz

Originally the meeting was planned in Vancouver and now takes a place virtually.

July 2020, 36th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Hamburg/virtual

At the 36th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium on “Organizing for a sustainable future: Responsibility, renewal & resistance” from 2-4 July, Vanessa Bernauer and Angela Kornau will present a joint paper entitled „An explorative case study of diversity and inclusion in alternative organizations”.

Originally the meeting was planned in Hamburg and now takes a place virtually.

August 2019, Symposium and scientific networking meeting diversity researchers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, St. Gallen

At this year’s scientific networking meeting of diversity researchers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the topic “From ‘Diversity Management’ to ‘Diversity and Inclusion’?” from 26.-27. August at the University of St. Gallen, Miriam Baumgärtner presented a project Idea developed with Angela Kornau entitled “Creating inclusive workplaces for refugees – A conceptual model of inclusive refugee leadership”.

August 2019, 79th AOM Annual Meeting, Boston

At the world’s most important conference for management research, the annual conference of the Academy of Management, August 09 – 13 in Boston, Vanessa Bernauer presented a paper on “Just beauties of the skies? AN intersectional perspective on first class flight attendants” as a part of the Presenter Symposium “Exploring the relationship between intersectionality  and inclusion: A research agenda” by Alain Klarsfeld and Diana Rajendran.

July 2019, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Edinburgh

At the 35th European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium about “Enlightening the Future: The Challenge for Organizations” from July 4 – 6 in Edinburgh, Angela Kornau presented a cooperative paper with Lena Klappert and Duygu Acar Erdur entitled: “The Advertised, the Deceived, the Silenced, and the Avoided: Organizational discourses on equality, diversity and inclusion in the Turkish context.”

July 2019, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion International Conference, Rotterdam

As part of the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion International Conference on “Resistance” from July 22 – 24 in Rotterdam, Angela Kornau, together with Joana Vassilopoulou and Lena Knappert, organized a stream on: “Politics of migrants’ equality and diversity and resistance towards their workplace inclusion”.  She also presented a joint contribution with Lena Knappert and Acar Erdur entitled: “The Advertised, the Deceived, the Silenced, and the Avoided: Organizational discourses on equality, diversity and inclusion in the Turkish context.”

March 2019, Women in Organizations (MENA) ThinkTank, Sharjah

The American university of Sharjah (AUS) organized a ThinkTank on “Women in Organizations: Towards Theory and Research Development in the MENA region”, from March 18  – 19 in 2019, and invited Angela Kornau. The ThinkTank is made up of a group of international scientists who are looking for research cooperation on the situation of Women in the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region.

August 2018, AOM Annual Meeting, Chicago

At the world’s most important conference for management research, the annual conference of the Academy of Management, from August 10 – 14 in Chicago, the professorship performed a ‘Professional Developed Workshop’ on “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Under-Researched Countries: A Research Agenda”. Chairs of the PDW are Prof. Dr. Barbara Sieben, HSU, and Prof. Alain Klarsfeld, Toulouse Business School. Co-organizer are Rana Haq, Lena Knappert, Angela Kornau, Eddy Ng and Faith Ngunjiri. This PDW serves as a starting point to develop the 4th ‘International Handbook of Diversity Management at Work’ book project (Edward Elgar) on ‘Diversity and Equality in Under-Researched Countries’ that is planned to be published in 2019-2020. In particular, this PDW seeks to broaden the regional scope of chapters to be submitted to the 4th International Handbook and provides a discussion space for diversity research in under-exposed countries.

July 2018, EGOS Colloquium, Tallinn

At the 34th annual conference of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) from 2 – 7 July 2018 in Tallinn, Barbara Sieben and Daniela Rastetter, University of Hamburg, presented a paper on “Mapping management research on gender and diversity as a political arena: Interests, resources and power plays in german speaking countries”. Vanessa Bernauer discussed her paper entitled “An intersectional perspective on service workers in the luxury sector” and participated at the pre-colloquium PhD Workshop as well as the pre-colloquium “Workshop on the Art of Academic Reviewing”.

February 2018, University-Industry Workshop Knowledge Management & Gender, Potsdam

At the University-Industry Workshop Knowledge Management & gender (February, 7) Vanessa Bernauer presented a joint paper with Barbara Sieben and Axel Haunschild: “Gender stereotyping in luxury work: Their influence on class and gender”.

December 2017, 31st Annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference

At the Emotions and Cognitions in the Rough (ECR) Workshop of the 31st annual Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference (December 5 – 8) Vanessa Bernauer presented a joint paper with Barbara Sieben and Axel Haunschild: Emotions in luxury work: Their connection to class and gender.

December 2017, 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Emotions in Worklife (APSEW)

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At the 12th Asia Pacific Symposiumon Emotions in Worklife (APSEW) (December 4) Vanessa Bernauer presented a joint paper with Barbara Sieben and Axel Haunschild: Emotions in luxury work: Their connection to class and gender.

October 2017, Workshop of the Forum „Critical Organization Research”

At the fifth Workshop of the Forum “Critical Organization Research” on the topic: Aesthetics and Organization” on October 5 and 6, Vanessa Bernauer and Barbara Sieben, together with Alexander Haunschild, presented a paper entitled: “Emotions in luxury work: Their connection to class and gender”

September 2017, Herbstworkshop der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Personalwesen

At this year’s autumn workshop of the Scientific Commission of Human Resources from September 20 to 22, Vanessa Bernauer presented a joint paper with Barbara Sieben and Axel Haunschild entitled: “Emotions in luxury work: Their connection to class and gender”

September 2017, Fachtagung und wissenschaftliches Vernetzungstreffen der Diversity-Forschenden aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Göttingen

At this year’s networking meeting on the topic: “An intersectional perspective on service workers in the luxury sector” from September 12 -14, Vanessa Bernauer presented a paper at the Diversity Research Workshop for doctoral students entitled: “An intersectional perspective on service workers in the luxury sector”

July 2017, EGOS Colloquium, Copenhagen

At the annual conference of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), July 5 – 8, 2017 in Copenhagen, Vanessa Bernauer will present a paper on “Emotions in luxury work: Their connection to class and gender”, written jointly with Barbara Sieben and Axel Haunschild, University of Hannover. Angela Kornau discusses the paper “Refugees’ inclusion in Turkish workplaces: Qualitative insights from the Syrian border”, written jointly with Lena Knappert and Meltem Figengül, Tilburg University.

June 2017, Research Workshop Technical University Hamburg

Vanessa Bernauer will participate in the research workshop “Intersectional Multilevel Analysis in Research Practice” from June 29 to July 1, organized at the Hamburg University of Technology by Kathrin Ganz, Jette Hausotter and Prof. Dr. Gabriele Winker.

June 2017, 79th Convention of the VHB, St. Gallen

Barbara Sieben was invited to the symposium “Sustainable Change by Diversity Management: Findings Today, Effects Tomorrow”, organized by Julia Nentwich, University of St. Gallen, and Renate Ortlieb, University of Graz, to the association conference relevant to our field, 7.6. to 9.6.2017. Together with Renate Ortlieb, Barbara Sieben will discuss a contribution on “Inclusion of Gender and Migration Background as Structuration. Two sides of the same coin”.

March 2017, Small Group Meeting on Refugees’ Inclusion in European Workplaces, Holland

At this conference (sponsored by EAWOP and Tilburg University) the paper “Refugees’ inclusion in Turkish workplaces: Qualitative insights from the Syrian border” written by Angela Kornau together with Lena Knappert and Meltem Figengül, Tilburg University, was presented.

January 2016, Symposium “State, Work and Affects”, Wien

Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, the international symposium “State, Work, and Affects” took place from 28 – 29 January 2016 on the premises of the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Our professorship also discussed the topics of state, work, and affects with other international researchers from various disciplines. Vanessa Bernauer and Prof. Barbara Sieben presented a paper on “Service work in luxury sector: The role of emotions, class and gender” in the area of “Negotiating agency and Emotional Labor”, written together with Prof. Axel Haunschild (University of Hannover).

April 2016, International Labour Process Conference, WZB, Berlin

At the “International Labour Process Conference”, which is relevant for our subject and will take place at the WZB in Berlin this year from 4 to 6 April 2016, Angela Kornau and Barbara Sieben, HSU, together with Lena Knappert, Tilburg University, will present a paper on “Equal opportunities as a political arena – A comparative analysis of Germany and Turkey”.

Another paper from our research area by Thorsten Reichmuth on “The Role of Works Councils in Change Processes – a Structuration Perspective on Alterations” was accepted for presentation at this conference.

July 2016, EGOS Colloquium, Neapel

At the annual conference of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), July 7-9 in Naples, Angela Kornau will present a paper on “The contested terrain of equality and diversity at work – the cases of Germany and Turkey”, written together with Lena Knappert, Tilburg University, and Barbara Sieben.

 July 2016, Workshop “Equality and Diversity in Turkey and Germany”, Istanbul

For the research project “Equal Opportunities through Personnel Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Organisations in Germany and Turkey”, Angela Kornau acquired DFG funds to initiate international cooperation. In this context, a workshop on “Equality and Diversity in Turkey and Germany” was held on 4 July 2016 at Koc University Istanbul, hosted by Prof. Mustafa Özbilgin, which was attended by the project partners Angela Kornau and Barbara Sieben, HSU, and Lena Knappert, Tilburg University, as well as other renowned diversity researchers such as Ahu Tatli, Queen Mary University of London, and colleagues from Turkey.

August 2016, AOM Annual Meeting, Anaheim

At the world’s most important conference in management research, the annual conference of the Academy of Management, August 5-9 in Anaheim, the professorship will be represented with a symposium on “Diversity and Inclusion through HRM: Country Perspectives”. Chairs of the Presenter Symposium are Prof. Barbara Sieben, HSU, and Prof. Alain Klarsfeld, Toulouse Business School. In addition to other renowned diversity researchers providing insights into Canada, the USA and France, Angela Kornau, HSU, and Lena Knappert, University of Tilburg, will present a paper co-authored by Barbara Sieben entitled “The Political Arena of Equality and Diversity at Work. The Cases of Germany and Turkey” for discussion.

September 2016, (Education-)Congress of the German Armed Forces, HSU Hamburg

At this year’s Bundeswehr (Education) Congress, 13 to 15 September 2016 at the Helmut Schmidt University – University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, the chair will be represented with regard to the main topic “Equal Opportunities: The Contribution of Education to Diversity Management, Gender Mainstreaming and Equality”.

Barbara Sieben and Ulrike Senger, ZWW, will present the concept of the continuing education master’s program “Leading Diversity” in a panel on “Diversity in Continuing Education – The Study Model of the Center for Continuing Education in Science (ZWW) at HSU“.

The scientific panel “Organizational and Personnel Research on Gender and Diversity: A Broad and Contentious Field” shows in a multifaceted way what constitutes the “state of the art” of gender and diversity research, which topics are (how) researched here and that the status of a broad and contentious field also applies to science. Barbara Sieben and Daniela Rastetter, University of Hamburg, provide an inventory of gender and diversity research at chairs of organization and human resources in the German-speaking world. Tina Hundt presents her discourse analysis on the compatibility of family and service in the Bundeswehr. Angela Kornau reports on the research project comparing Germany and Turkey on equal opportunities through personnel policy. The colleague Christiane Bender, General Sociology, gives a reminder: The “old” insight that an intelligent organizational policy is based on a clear setting of priorities must not be forgotten, despite all the diversity. She presents successful examples from the Bundeswehr. In the subsequent plenary discussion, there will also be room for the controversial issues that are ignited by equal opportunities, gender and diversity in organizations.

September 2016, Symposium and scientific networking meeting of diversity researchers from D-A-CH, University of Hannover

At the conference “Vielfältige Differenzlinien in der Diversitätsforschung” and the network meeting of diversity researchers from D-A-CH 2016, which will take place in September this year at the University of Hannover (for the conference 2015 at HSU, see documentation on this page), the chair will be represented with several contributions. Together with Daniela Rastetter, Barbara Sieben will give a lecture on “Gender, Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Stepchild of Organizational and Human Resources Research? Vanessa Bernauer and Barbara Sieben, together with Axel Haunschild, University of Hannover, will present their joint paper on “Service Work in the Luxury Sector: The Role of Emotions, Class and Gender”.
Vanessa Bernauer will also discuss this paper and her doctoral project based on it in the Diversity Doctoral Workshop on the day before the conference. The external doctoral student Isabel Collien, HCU Hamburg and Freie Universität Berlin, presents a paper on “Intersectional Perspectives on Pluralization in Organizations: An International Research Overview”.

September 2016, Autumn Workshop of the Scientific Commission for Human Resources, Paderborn

The annual autumn workshop of the Scientific Commission for Human Resources in the Association of University Lecturers in Business Administration, this year 21 to 23.9. at the University of Paderborn, is an important meeting of representatives of our subject from the German-speaking countries.

Barbara Sieben will speak on behalf of the School of Human Resource Policy in the panel discussion “Schools in Human Resource Education: An Update” with keynote speeches by Wolfgang Weber, Wenzel Matiaske, Barbara Sieben, Dieter Sadowski and statements by young academics.

Angela Kornau and Barbara Sieben give a short presentation of the project “Equal Opportunities through Personnel Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Organisations in Germany and Turkey”, which they are working on together with Lena Knappert, University of Tilburg, and other cooperation partners.

Here you find documentions and links to conferences, workshops etc that have been (co-)organized by Barbara Sieben and her team:

October 2017/ January 2018, Pilotmodul “Leading Diversity” (LeaD) in cooperation with he Center for Academic Continuing Education (ZWW) of the HSU

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The  „Leading Diversity“ continuing education master’s programme aims to professionalise inclusive diversity management in numerous areas of social responsibility. At the heart of the course concept is the job description of a manager – in the public sector (federal and state ministries), science or private industry – who shapes organizational change processes in an innovative and successful ay through multi-perspective and interdisciplinary examination of diversity and diversity management.

April 2017, Memorial colloquium for Getraude Krell, University Berlin

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In commemoration of Gertraude Krell (18.4.1952 – 5.1.2016) a colloquium was held on April, 22 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin. The program included contributions of fellow scientists and practioners as well as a panel discussion regarding Gertraude Krell’s research focus on „Gender and Diversity in Science and Organizational practice“. The colloquium was organized in cooperation with the Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies and the School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin.
Organizers: Renate Ortlieb (University of Graz), Heike Pantelmann (Freie Universität Berlin), Barbara Sieben (Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg)

Further information about this Event:                                                        http://www.mvbz.fu-berlin.de/termine/20170422_gedenkkolloquium-getraude-krell.html

For further information:

Obituary: Gertraude Krell (1952–2016), by Renate Ortlieb, Barbara Sieben, Werner Nienhüser, Axel Haunschild, German Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(2).

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2397002216638639

Instead of an obituary: Gertraude Krell (1952 – 2016) in eigener Sache, by Daniela Rastetter and Barbara Sieben, Zeitschrift für Diversitätsforschung und -management, 1(1).

http://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/zdfm/article/view/26089

In Memoriam: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gertraude Krell, by Georg Schreyögg, Schmalenbachs Zeitschrift für betriebswirtschaftliche Forschung (ZfbF), 68 (1).

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41471-016-0007-8

Juli 2016, Workshop “Equality and Diversity in Turkey and Germany”, Istanbul

For the research project „Diversity and Inclusion through HRM: A Comparative Analysis of Organizations in Turkey and Germany“ the German Research Foundation (DFG) granted a workshop for the initiation of an international cooperation with Turkey that Angela Kornau applied for. The workshop was realized in summer 2016 in Istanbul, hosted by Mustafa Özbilgin and Zeynep Aycan, Koc University. Next to the project partners Angela Kornau and Barbara Sieben, HSU, as well as Lena Knappert, Tilburg University, further renowned diversity scholars that have in-depth knowledge about the institutional and cultural environment in Turkey like Ahu Tatli, Queen Mary University of London and colleagues residing in Turkey participated and exchanged ideas with us.

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The workshop participants (from the left to the right): Mustafa Özbilgin, Dilek Nayir, Ahu Tatli, Lena Knappert, Angela Kornau, Barbara Sieben, Barbara Fritzsche, Julia Fritzsche, Justin Marcus, Zeynep Aycan

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June 2015, Conference and network meeting of D-A-CH diversity researchers

In June 2015, Daniela Rastetter, Universität Hamburg, and Barbara Sieben, HSU, organized the annual conference and network meeting of gender and diversity researchers from the German speaking regions. Please understand, that the following documentation of conference presentations is held in German language.

efas young talent award 2015 for Tina Schönfelder (Bachelor thesis “Compatibility of family and service in the Bundeswehr – A discourse analysis”)

GDO Division Best Reviewer Award 2015 for Dorian Boncoeur (Award of the Academy of Management)

Teaching Award 2014 for Thorsten Reichmuth (Award of the Student Convention)