The HR division has a large and diverse membership. For example, the HR Division currently has 80 ambassadors spread across 60 countries. On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that temporarily banned citizens from 7 nations (i.e., Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) from entering the United States. Several members of the HR Division reached out to division leadership with concerns about the ban and the HR division’s (and the Academy of Management’s) response to it.
In an effort to learn how we might best meet the needs of our members in light of potential travel restrictions, we sent out a survey to all HR division members (n = 3,370) in February. We received responses from 62 division members located in 13 different countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Spain, Ireland, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore, and France. Below, we provide a summary of responses to our survey questions, which appear in bold. For each set of responses to the individual questions, we identified categories of common themes, which are italicized. Below each theme, we provide quotes as examples of what is represented by that category.
As you will see, the diversity of our membership is reflected in the responses that we received to these questions. Some respondents felt that the HR Division (and AOM) should avoid getting involved with what might be construed as political issues. Other respondents suggested that the HR Division has an obligation to become more involved when issues such as this might have a negative impact on its members and their ability to interact with scholars across borders.
We thank everyone who responded to this survey. We also thank the division members who noted that they would be willing to serve as a resource to HR division members in need of advice or social support regarding concerns around these multicultural and global issues. Although the situation is fluid, we invite all HR Division members to attend our HR Plenary session at AOM where we will continue this conversation and discuss what the HR Division Officers and Ambassadors can do to best serve our international members who may be impacted by travel bans going forward. The HR Division Plenary session will be on Tuesday, August 8, from 9:45-11:15 am, in Grand Ballroom D of the Hilton Atlanta. In addition, we invite HR Division members to attend a symposium titled “Responses to Work/Employment Issues and Global Politics: Shared Wisdom from the HR Ambassadors” that will be presented as part of the All Academy Theme. This session is scheduled for Sunday, August 7, from 2:00-3:30 pm, in the Spring room of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.HR Division Officers, 2016-2017
Chris Rosen, PDW Chair
Ingrid Fulmer, Program Chair
Deidra Schleicher, Division Chair-Elect
Maria Kraimer, Division Chair
David Lepak, Past Division Chair