Betina Szkudlarek

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MA, Katowice; PhD (Cum Laude) RSM Erasmus University
Associate Professor; Program Director Master of Management; Acting Program Director CEMS

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H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Bio

Betina Szkudlarek is an Associate Professor in Management at The University of Sydney Business School. She obtained her PhD in Management (Cum Laude) from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (The Netherlands) where she worked prior to joining the UoS. Betina's core research interests lie at the intersection of cross-cultural management, international HRM, international business ethics, and, management of diversity. Her work has been published in top-tier international journals such as Organization Studies, Human Resource Management, Journal of Business Ethics, and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She currently holds a competitive Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant for a research project titled 'Integrating refugees in the workforce - the role of host country social support'.

Betina is a regular contributor to public debate on topical issues linked to global mobility, management of diversity and cross-cultural management. Her opinion pieces have been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian among others.

Betina has a wide experience in training, coaching and mentoring in various areas linked global leadership development, human resources, intercultural competence and management of diversity. Her innovative approach to teaching has been covered by the Australian Financial Review, and she has received two Dean’s Citations for Outstanding Teaching. Betina has worked with numerous corporate and governmental clients including, among others, United Nations, Shell, T-Mobile, Westpac, Daimler, MAN, Kaspersky, and Q8.

Research Interests

Betina Szkudlarek’s internationally recognised research has been published in top tier international journals as well as covered by major national and international press (e.g. the Wall Street Journal, the Australian, and the Australian Financial Review among others). Her extensive research agenda can be categorised in the following four streams:

  • Cross-cultural management and International Human Resource Management
    Betina has been working with the intercultural community of professional trainers and coaches for over ten years publishing research on cross-cultural training, as well as analysing the professionalization efforts of the community. Within this stream Betina’s focus has been on improving communication within increasingly multicultural work places and facilitating adjustment for employees relocating internationally. She is a lead editor of the upcoming special issue on Intercultural Communication in the Journal Of World Business and a lead editor of the upcoming SAGE Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management.

  • Cross-cultural education and training
    Within this stream Betina’s work is focused on cross-cultural training effectiveness and its ethical execution. Betina’s interest in corporate cross-cultural training finds extension in her work on education practices. In particular, Betina’s research interest lies in the application of non-Western methodologies in teaching, as well as the transformative nature of educational practices.

  • Repatriation and Reentry Knowledge Transfer
    Betina is a world renowned expert in the domain of repatriation and re-entry knowledge transfer. Her work in this domains look at the criticality of repatriate readjustment to their home country and home organization, and how employees can be best supported throughout this challenging transition. Of special interest is the optimization of the re-entry knowledge transfer process, which could provide companies with an inimitable competitive advantage in the increasingly global workplace.

  • Refugee Labour Integration
    Betina’s most recent research project is centred around the topical issue of refugee labour integration. Betina is a recipient of the “Integrating refugees in the workforce, the role of host country social support” grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has an extensive research agenda around this topic The main aim behind this stream of research is facilitation of refugee labour integration as well as bringing the topic of refugees and non-expatriate migrants to the forefront of business practice.

Selected publications

2018

Journal Article

Szkudlarek B, and Wu S (2018) The culturally contingent meaning of entrepreneurship: mixed embeddedness and co-ethnic ties Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 30 (5-6), 585-611. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Alvesson M, and Szkudlarek B (2018) The powerless academic - professional identity meets managerialism Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference; Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy, Brisbane, Australia.

Lee E, Szkudlarek B, Nguyen D, and Nardon L (2018) Elephant in the room: IHRM and refugee workforce integration Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) Conference; Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy, Brisbane, Australia.

Lee E, Szkudlarek B, Nguyen D, and Nardon L (2018) Refugee workforce integration: An interdisciplinary literature review 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (Aom 2018); Academy of Management, Chicago, USA.

Nardon L, Zhang H, Gulanowski D, and Szkudlarek B (2018) Supporting refugee workforce integration: the paradox of managing expectations and supporting professional identities European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM 2018); European Academy of Management (EURAM), Brussels, Belgium.

Nardon L, Zhang H, Szkudlarek B, and Gulanowski D (2018) Employment support and refugee workforce integration 11th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS 2018); Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS), Toronto, Canada.

Szkudlarek B, Lee E, and Nguyen D (2018) The canvas ceiling - Refugees' thorny journey to employment The International Metropolis Conference 2018, Sydney Australia 29 October-2 November.

Vazquez Hernandez C, Garbuio M, and Szkudlarek B (2018) Intuition in Innovation Management XXIX ISPIM Innovation Conference; ISPIM Innovation Conference, Manchester, UK.

2016

Journal Article

Szkudlarek B, and Romani L (2016) Professionalization through dispersed institutional entrepreneurship: The case of the intercultural community Journal of Organizational Change Management, 29 (1), 93-107. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B, and Seymour R (2016) How funding relationships mediate social impact assessment practices of social enterprises? Social Impact Measurement: An international Perspective Workshop; VNU University of Economics and Business (UEB), Hanoi, Vietnam.

2015

Journal Articles

Burmeister A, Deller J, Osland J, Szkudlarek B, Oddou G, and Blakeney R (2015) The micro-processes during repatriate knowledge transfer: The repatriates' perspective Journal of Knowledge Management, 19 (4), 735-755. [More Information]

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B, and Seymour R (2015) Social impact measurement in social enterprises: An interdependence perspective Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 32 (4), 224-237. [More Information]

Szkudlarek B, and McDaniel Sumpter D (2015) What, When, and with Whom? Investigating Expatriate Reentry Training with a Proximal Approach Human Resource Management, 54 (6), 1037-1057. [More Information]

Valk R, van der Velde M, van Engen M, and Szkudlarek B (2015) Warm welcome or rude awakening?: Repatriation experiences of Indian and Dutch international assignees and intention to leave the organisation Journal of Indian Business Research, 7 (3), 243-270. [More Information]

2014

Journal Article

Romani L, and Szkudlarek B (2014) The Struggles of the Interculturalists: Professional Ethical Identity and Early Stages of Codes of Ethics Development Journal of Business Ethics, 119 (2), 173-191. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Nguyen L, Seymour R, and Szkudlarek B (2014) Embeddedness, Resource Dependence and Social Impact Measurement: An Exploratory Study of Social Enterprises In Vietnam Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Research Exchange Conference 2014; Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship (ACE), Sydney, Australia.

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B, and Seymour R (2014) Social Impact Measurement: An Embeddedness Perspective on Vietnamese Social Enterprises 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Business and Society (IABS); International Association for Business and Society (IABS), Sydney, Australia.

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B, and Seymour R (2014) Social Impact Evaluation & Resource Allocation in Social Enterprises: An Inter-Organizational & Relational Perspective 30th European Group for Organizational Studies EGOS Colloquium 2014; European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Nguyen L, Szkudlarek B, and Seymour R (2014) Social impact measurement in social enterprise context: Organizational capacity and inter-organizational relations 4th International Network of Business and Management Journals (INBAM) Conference 2014; International Network of Business and Management Journals (INBAM), Barcelona, Spain.

Book Chapter

Szkudlarek B, and van Bakel M (2014) International Assignments for Global Leadership Development Global Leadership Practices: A Cross-Cultural Management Perspective; Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 102-117.

2013

Journal Articles

Oddou G, Szkudlarek B, Osland J, Deller J, Blakeney R, and Furuya N (2013) Repatriates as a Source of Competitive Advantage: How to manage knowledge transfer Organizational Dynamics, 42 (4), 257-266. [More Information]

Szkudlarek B (2013) Book Review: Cross-Cultural Management in Practice: Culture and Negotiated Meanings, by Henriett Primecz, Laurence Romani, and Sonja Sackmann. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2012, 165 pp Academy of Management Learning and Education, 12 (3), 532-533.

Szkudlarek B, McNett J, Romani L, and Lane H (2013) The Past, Present and Future of Cross-Cultural Management Education: The Educators' Perspective Academy of Management Learning and Education, 12 (3), 477-493. [More Information]

Valk R, van der Velde M, van Engen M, and Szkudlarek B (2013) International assignment and repatriation experiences of Indian international assignees in The Netherlands International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 21 (3), 335-356. [More Information]

Book Chapter

Szkudlarek B (2013) Is there a universal ethics? HQ-Subsidiary relations Organizational Behavior (15th Edition); Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, United States.

2012

Book Chapter

Gibson C, Szkudlarek B, and McDaniel D (2012) Tales From the (Multinational) Field: Toward Developing Research Conducive to Proximal Theory Building Conducting Multinational Research: Applying Organizational Psychology in the Workplace; American Psychological Association, Washington DC, United States, 9-27. [More Information]

2011

Seminar Paper

Szkudlarek B (2011) Beyond Dispersed Institutional Entrepreneurship - interplay between change and professionalization 71st Academy of Management Annual Meeting AOM2011, San Antonio.

2010

Journal Article

Szkudlarek B (2010) Reentry-A review of the literature International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 34 (1), 1-21. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Verboven L, and Szkudlarek B (2010) Too Short to Care About – Revisiting Intercultural Support for Short-Term Assignments 52nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business; Academy of International Business.

Seminar Paper

Szkudlarek B, and McDaniel D (2010) Reopening the boxes - proximal theorizing in organizational research 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

Newspaper Article

Szkudlarek B (2010) Coming home-understanding the corporate re-entry of international employees RSM insight 2.

2009

Journal Article

Szkudlarek B (2009) Through western eyes: Insights into the intercultural training field Organization Studies, 30 (9), 975-986. [More Information]

Conference Proceedings

Szkudlarek B (2009) Intercultural Learning in Business Context 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business AIB 2009; Academy of International Business, United States.

Szkudlarek B (2009) Understanding Corporate Reentry 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business AIB 2009; Academy of International Business, United States.

Seminar Paper

Szkudlarek B (2009) Understanding intercultural training - an Actor - Network Perspective 2009 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

2008

Conference Proceeding

Szkudlarek B (2008) Reentry Training - A Forgotten Component of International HRM 50th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business AIB 2008; Academy of International Business, United States.

Seminar Paper

Szkudlarek B, and Magala S (2008) The West, the Rest, and Ethics - Essay on Intercultural Training 2008 Academy of Management Annual Meeting; Academy of Management, United States.

2007

Conference Proceeding

Szkudlarek B (2007) Enter the Reentry – a Critical Account of the Intercultural Training Industry International Association of Cross Cultural Competence and Management Conference: Cross-cultural life of Social Values 2007.

Seminar Papers

Szkudlarek B (2007) Actor-Network Theory - ontologizing realities 49th Annual Meeting of the Academy of International Business AIB 2007; Academy of International Business, United States.

Szkudlarek B (2007) Reentry Training - Beyond the State of the Art 5th Workshop on International Strategy and Cross Cultural Management.

Szkudlarek B, and Kraaikamp O (2007) Reproducing Caretakers – Gender Equality at Work Standing Conference for Managment and Organisation Inquiry 2007.

2006

Seminar Paper

Szkudlarek B (2006) On Cross-Cultural Re-entry Training – critical account Standing Conference for Management and Organization Inquiry 2006.

2005

Journal Articles

Szkudlarek B (2005) Book Review: Building Cross-cultural Competence:How to Create Wealth from Conflicting Values Management Learning, 46 (4), 518-523. [More Information]

Szkudlarek B (2005) Book review: “Building Cross-cultural Competence: How to Create Wealth from Conflicting Values�? by Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars Management Learning, 36 (4), 518-523.

Conference Proceeding

Szkudlarek B (2005) 'Cross-Cultural Re-entry Training: The State-of-the-art International Association of Cross Cultural Competence and Management Conference 2005.

Seminar Paper

Szkudlarek B (2005) Culture Consequences or Economy Corollaries Standing Conference for Management and Organization Inquiry 2005.

Selected grants

2018

2018

2016-2018

2016- 2017

Recent Units Taught

  • IBUS6002 Cross-Cultural Management

  • MIBS6002 Global Management and Culture

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