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Britta Holzberg

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PhD Student

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Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr-University Bochum
Universitätsstr. 105, Room 2.23 / 2.24 / 2.27 / 2.32
44789 Bochum
Germany

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Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22278

Fax: +49 (0)234 / 32-14294

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Research Interests


  • Human Resource Management
  • Diversity Management
  • Decent Work and Labour Standards
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • MENA region: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia

PhD Thesis


The Quality of Work in Global Supply Chains: Global, Local or Glo-cal Definitions and HR Practices?

The quality of work affects the well-being of workers as well as their performance. Providing a decent work environment is not only a company’s social responsibility towards its employees but has a proven positive impact on employee motivation, engagement and productivity. With the globalisation of production, the topic has attracted renewed interest in the scientific as well as policy debate. Before globalisation, a company’s Human Resource (HR) practices already needed to balance the local institutional and market environment with the needs of the company’s employees in order to be successful. In today’s era of global production, decision-makers have to additionally take global market dynamics and regulatory frameworks into account. Studies on International Human Resource Management have found that decision-makers in local companies are impacted by global dynamics as well as their local environment and in response develop distinctive, “glo-cal” HR systems.

The PhD project studies the quality of work in the export-oriented textiles and clothing industry in Egypt and Jordan. It aims to dissect how global and local factors shape local stakeholders’ definitions and companies’ HR practices. A special focus is laid on the design of working time arrangements, salary systems and employer-employee relations. The projects’ main research questions are: How do local stakeholders define a high quality of work in their respective industry and country contexts? How do local companies design their working time arrangements, salary systems and employer-employee relations? In how far can local definitions and HR practices be traced back to global and/or local influence factors? Methodologically, I will use a multiple case study approach to compare definitions and HR practices between the two countries and between different stages of the supply chain. The case studies will mainly be informed by interviews with key stakeholders and document analyses. The results of the analyses will be presented and discussed in three scientific papers.

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Uta Wilkens, Ruhr-University Bochum
Prof. Dr. Peter Knorringa, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Vita

since 2013:   Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany (since 2013) and
International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (since 2016) PhD candidate in International Development Studies
since 2013:   Freelance Consultant, Germany Project Focus: HR Management, Organisational Development, Public Sector (MENA region and Europe)
2010 - 2013:   Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, Germany Project focus:
Social-political initiatives, HR Management, Gender Diversity, Project and Change Management (EU and Germany)
2003 - 2009:   Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
Diplom in Business Administration
2007 - 2008:   London School of Economics and Political Sciences, United Kingdom
MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology

Consultancy


  • Human Resource Management
  • (Gender) Diversity Management
  • Organisational Development
  • Project and Change Management

Conferences and Workshops


  • ‘Labour Standards and Prize Competition in Global Production – the dilemma of mid-sized supplier firms in Egypt’ (poster), PhD Conference on International Development, Bochum (Germany), 24-25 September, 2015.
  • ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment and the New Global Development Agenda’, International Association for Feminist Economics Annual Conference, Accra (Ghana), 27-29 June, 2014.
  • ‘Lebensrealitäten von Frauen in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern‘, Tagung des Interdisziplinären Arbeitskreises Dritte Welt, Mainz (Germany), 17 January, 2014.

Teaching and Mentoring


  • Course: Qualitative Research Methods, MA in Development Management, 2015
  • Master supervision: Namuli, Proscovia (2015): Family Planning in Mukono District, Uganda – Knowledge, Perceptions and Determinants of Contraceptive Usage, MA in Development Management, 2015

How to contact us

Institute of Development Research and Development Policy
Ruhr University Bochum

Room 2.04
Universitaetsstr. 105
D-44789 Bochum

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone:   +49-(0)234 / 32-22418
or   32-22243
Fax:   +49-(0)234 / 32-14-294

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Latest Publications

Khafagy, Amr: Regulation, supervision and deposit insurance for financial cooperatives: an empirical investigation. In: Annals of Finance (online first)

Beier, Raffael & Fritzsche, Jasmin: Refugees and the City: UN-Habitat’s New Urban Agenda. In: Forced Migration Review 55, pp. 29-30.

Themba Nyasulu: Harnessing Economic Impacts of Migrant Remittances for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Critical Review of the Literature.

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IEE on Tour

November 22 - December 05:
Britta Niklas
at Cape Town / South Africa for the international alumni conference "Tackling the root causes of displacement in Sub Sahara Africa"

November 23 - December 09:
Dr. Bäcker and Prof. Dr. Löwenstein with Tania De Giorgio and Sevilay Recber
at UWC, Cape Town/South Africa, for the international alumni conference as well as final MADM exams and graduation

November 27 - December 09:
Christina Seeger
in Cape Town/South Africa, for the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security and the international alumni conference

November 29 - December 11:
Anne Siebert
in Cape Town/South Africa, for the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security as well al final MADM exams

IEE on Field Research

Ruth Knoblich spends a research period for her PhD as an EUSA-ID Scholar at the University of Cape Town/South Africa from January 2017 to April 2018.