Symposium celebrating 25 years of the HRM research in the University of Twente

HRM, Technology and Innovation: Back to the Future

November 10, 2015

We are proud to announce that the Human Resource Management chair of the University of Twente is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and therefore organizes the symposium ‘HRM, Technology and Innovation: Back to the Future’.

Looking back at the technological and innovative developments in HRM, the past 25 years have brought us many challenges, which resulted in even more questions than answers. We decided to celebrate a quarter of a century of the HRM chair by arranging a gathering of some of the world’s leading scholars and business thinkers and asking them to look over the horizon of Human Resource Management. As the world of HRM keeps on developing at a dazzling pace, this symposium dares to explore the future of the interfaces between HRM, Technology and Innovation.

To discuss this question, we invite academics and business professionals to join our symposium and to look – together with us – into the future of HRM, Technology and Innovation. The symposium will be an interactive day including a keynote address by Professor Chris Brewster from Henley Business School (UK), breakout sessions on future developments in HRM, and plenary discussions on bridging the gap between science and practice. 

Key details

  • WHAT: The symposium on HRM, Technology and Innovation: Back to the Future!
  • WHERE: Campus of the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands)
  • WHEN: November 10, 2015
  • WHY: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HRM chair of the University of Twente
  • WHO: Academics and business professionals
  • HOW: Through interactive break-out sessions and plenary discussions


The keynote address of the symposium will be provided by Chris Brewster, who is Professor of International Human Resource Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading, in the UK; and at Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. He had substantial experience as a practitioner and gained his doctorate from the LSE before becoming an academic. He researches in the field of international and comparative HRM; and has published some twenty five books and more than one hundred and fifty articles. He has taught in many countries around the world. In 2006 Chris was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Vaasa, Finland.


The program of the symposium comprises a mix of in-depth plenary sessions, highly interactive world café discussions and a plenary debate between scientists and practitioners. The registration starts at 9:00 with coffee; the program starts at 9:45.

Coffee and registration (Ravelijn building, Atrium)

Plenary session – Room RA-1501

  • Opening - Prof. dr. Theo Toonen, Dean of the Faculty of Behavioral, Management and Social Sciences (BMS)
  • Key-note “HRM, Technology and Innovation”- Prof. dr. Chris Brewster, Professor of International HRM, Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • HRM department at the University of Twente: 25 years Ahead - Prof. dr. Tanya Bondarouk, chair of the HRM Department

Coffee break – Atrium Ravelijn

World café discussions

Lunch - Atrium Ravelijn

World café discussions (continued)

Coffee break – Atrium Ravelijn

Plenary session – Room RA-1501

  • Findings from the World Café - Presented by the World café discussion leaders
  • Plenary Debate - Led by Dr. Huub Ruël, Professor of International Business at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

Drinks: Atrium Ravelijn

Diner: Faculty Club, UT Campus