The academic and scientific staff involved in this peak of excellence is researching the evolution of a globalized and digitalized workplace. Three main areas may characterize such transformations and are developed by three research units accordingly:
- new forms of work and employment, technological innovation and organizational change (LENTIC)
- gender, diversity management and equal opportunities (EGID)
- skills development and knowledge management (Skills Management Cell).
Such evolutions pave the way for new developments in strategic HRM through organizational change processes and intrapreneurship skills, studied by our research units.
Numerous publications and PhD theses have been produced on these topics. The research activities of the peak are characterized by a permanent balance between pure academic research and action-research accompanying public and private organizations in the design and implementation of HR strategies and change projects, either in Belgium or abroad. A strong involvement may be observed with regional, national or international professional associations in the field (HR managers, diversity managers, etc.).
Within the University of Liège, strong research links have been developed with the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology (interdisciplinary ARC project, co-supervision of PhD, etc.) and could lead to further integration in the near future.
International partnerships have been established with other Universities either in Belgium (Leuven, Louvain-La-Neuve, Hasselt, Antwerp) or abroad (Paris-Dauphine, Lille, HEC Montreal, Wharton School, Bentley, Tilburg, Aachen, etc.).
The academic and scientific staff of the peak is deeply engaged in international scientific networks. Senior professors are regularly asked to take part in PhD committees outside Belgium.
Several academic and scientific members of the peak are also engaged in the study of intercultural questions in a global world and take charge of cooperation activities with developing countries, namely in Africa.