Professor Graeme Martin has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg
Published on 9 July 2019
Professor Graeme Martin has been appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg’s Centre For Global Human Resources Management (CGHRM) for a three-year period beginning July this year
The CGHRM is located in the Department of Business Administration, which is the only triple-accredited business school in Sweden. It’s aim is to ‘to strengthen Swedish competitiveness by contributing to research and development in HRM, work science and a sustainable and balanced working life’. The CGHRM was formed as a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and 13 major Swedish organizations, including global companies such as Volvo, Astra Zeneca, Ikea, Getinge and E.ON, and regional government and healthcare organizations.
Graeme’s role is to provide advice to academics and HR directors associated with the CGHRM, and to support the CGRHM’s research and impact activity during four visits a year to Gothenburg. In doing so, this relationship provides ideal opportunities for the University of Dundee, School of Business (UDSB) to learn from strong international links with an innovative centre bringing together business and business schools. Such links are essential for UDSBs accreditation ambitions, because AACSB and EQUIS accreditation requires the School to show how it impacts globally as well as locally.
One immediate example of the benefits is the HRM research that Graeme and PhD student, Katie Sinclair, are doing for Getinge AB, a Gothenburg-based multinational company, which employs 12,000 staff in 40 countries in healthcare and life sciences. This high-impact research, which is part of Katie’s internship with Getinge, has involved them in re-designing the company’s employee engagement survey, re-analysing results from the 2019 survey, and conducting an extensive, follow-up, programme of qualitative research in Sweden, the USA and Germany. The benefits of this collaboration are two-way: Katie is gaining from extensive, expenses-paid, access to data for her PhD while Getinge hope to gain from in-depth research into their employees’ experience of work and the company’s employer branding and sustainability strategy.
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