EKU Management Professor Has Busy Summer of Work in Europe

Photo of Dr. Allen Engle

Allen D. Engle Sr., professor of management at Eastern Kentucky University, spent the summer teaching, giving invited lectures and presenting papers at academic conferences in Germany, France, England and Canada.

Engle holds a three-year appointment as Visiting Professor at the ESCP-Europe Europäische Wirtschaftshochschule Berlin and taught a course in human resource management for approximately 40 students from eight countries in the Master in European Business (MEB) program at ESCP Europe in Berlin May 10-20.

The MEB program has official recognition as aMaster degree ("Grade de Master") by the French Ministry of Education for students holding a four-year degree and spending one semester in Paris. The MEB has been ranked among the top international master’s programs in Europe by the Financial Times for several years.

While in Germany Engle gave an invited lecture on "Reconsidering Differentiation: Strategy, Integration and Human Resource Management Thinking"  to some 40 undergraduate students and doctoral students under the supervision of Dr. Maike Andresen, chair of human resource management, Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, in northern Bavaria.

The 11th Conference on International Personnel Management was held June 9-11 at Aston Business School in Birmingham, England. From a total of 210 paper submissions accepted to the conference, the jury presented the "CIPD Best Paper Award" to Marion Festing, Lena Knappert, Peter Dowling, and Engle for their paper “Country-Specific Profiles in Global Performance Management – A Contribution to Balancing Global Standardization and Local Adaptation.” Festing and Knappert presented the paper and collected the four authors’ awards, sponsored by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development, the largest professional human resource management association in Europe.

In July Engle returned to Europe to present two refereed papers at the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management’s 2010 World Congress, held in Paris, July 8-10. The first paper, written with his Australian, German and French co-authors, was entitled“Proposing Processes of Global Performance Management: An Analysis of the Literature.” The second paper, written with Florencia Tosiani, one of his Argentine graduate students, and Ron Yoder, technology resource administrator in EKU’s Division of Student Life, was entitled “Contextualism on a Small Canvas: Exploring the Formal and Informal Faces of HRM Processes and Practices of Small and Medium Size Businesses in Argentina.”

On July 12, Engle and Peter Dowling, professor of international management at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, travelled from Paris by channel tunnel train to present a paper at the Second Annual Conference of the Chinese Economic Association-Europe, at St. Catherine’s College, the University of Oxford in the Great Britain.  Their refereed paper was entitled “‘Transnational Thermals’: A Discussion of the Interaction of the Combined Effects of Outward Foreign Direct Investment via Chinese State Owned Enterprises and the Chinese Diaspora to the United States and Other Advanced Economies.”

“In these times of restricted budgets it becomes important for the faculty to try to make the most of the resources provided for conference presentations,” Engle said. “By packaging the timing of the presentations and working with teams to make presentations in my absence – as was the case in the Aston conference – we can efficiently leverage the presence of EKUBusiness in the academic community and enhance our reputational currency within the Commonwealth and around the world.”

The summer ended with a presentation by Engle and Festing, chairholder in human resource management and intercultural leadership at the ESCP-Europe Berlin campus, on “Contextualism in Rewards: Constructs, Measures and the Discretion of Multinational Enterprises.”

 “I very much appreciate President (Doug) Whitlock’s leadership by example and active interest in all of the global aspects of our students’ education as well as the long term efforts of the EKU Foundation, Provost Vice and Dean Rogow to provide the critical resources for EKU faculty to disseminate their research findings,” Engle said. “It makes for a very busy summer, but it is worth it. Our students are graduating into a globally competitive world, and their preparation to be successful in that world remains one of Eastern’s priorities.” 

Earlier this year, Engle received a “Golden Apple Award” sponsored by University Housing in recognition of “inspiration and commitment to students and willingness to go above and beyond to help students succeed.”

Published on September 07, 2010