Eric Davoine

Eric Davoine
Université de Fribourg · Chair of HRM and Organization

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Introduction
Member of the editorial and reviewer boards of International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Journal of Organizational Effectiveness, Career development International, Journal of Global Mobility, Management International, Recherches en Sciences de Gestion. Board member from 2007 to 2021 (Vice-President from 2007 to 2014 and General Secretary from 2018 to 2021) of the association of French speaking HRM researchers (AGRH).
Additional affiliations
October 2003 - present
Université de Fribourg
Position
  • Professor
Education
September 1995 - December 1999
University of Lyon - ISEOR
Field of study
  • Management
September 1993 - July 1999
University of Freiburg
Field of study
  • Management
September 1987 - September 1991
ESCP Business School
Field of study
  • Management

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Publications (120)
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Cet ouvrage regroupe des contributions originales de chercheurs sur les trois axes de l'internationalisation : Les processus, les acteurs et les contextes. - Penser l'internationalisation, c'est penser un processus de transformation, d'adaptation ou d'apprentissage avec des étapes successives. - Penser l'internationalisation des acteurs, c'est reve...
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Investigating career patterns of top managers has been a prominent topic in European Management Journal (EMJ) since the 1990s. Our article contributes to ongoing debates about national differences in top managers' career patterns between European countries. An open question is whether globalisation processes may have challenged the existence of spe...
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This chapter focusses on the mirror-effect session which is a crucial stage in the SEAM approach of the organizational change process. Through the validation of a (dysfunctional) "self-image" of the organization, this stage initiates a learning process that encourages the action of organizational actors. Using conceptual frameworks of Lacan (1949)...
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This article contributes to emerging research on the dynamics of mobility and immobility in forced migration through a special focus on the experience of waiting in refugees’ professional life. Wide research across the social sciences explores the dynamic relationship between migration control systems and migrants’ experiences of time through the a...
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This research examines digital change under the conceptual lens of mourning and loss, in order to understand the reactions of organizational members. It consists of a double case study of two leading Swiss retailers that have implemented self-service technologies with a body of 8 interviews with managers, 12 interviews with cashiers and 75 intervie...
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Cette étude mobilise le cadre conceptuel du deuil et des pertes pour comprendre les réactions des acteurs organisationnels dans un contexte de changement digital. La recherche empirique se base sur une double étude de cas auprès des deux leaders du marché de la grande distribution suisse ayant mis en œuvre des systèmes d’encaissement automatique (t...
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This report focuses on how what we learn, how we learn, and where we learn will change in the future. Specialists contributed to the focus group from the fields of intercultural, inclusion, diversity, migration, human resources, international management, pedagogy, didactics, online training, and peace education.
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This chapter shows a bi-national researcher team can improve the quality of interactions with the actors of bi-national organisations during the different steps of the research process. Field research in multinational organizations is increasingly carried out by intercultural teams or tandems in which at least one member comes from the country or c...
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This chapter discusses the characteristics and specifics of the German apprenticeship model. It presents the examples that illustrate the innovative practices of German companies in China, the United States and Mexico. The German dual vocational training system, which can be considered one of the pillars of the German human resources management mod...
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This article examines the middle management representations of organization and managerial roles within a specific bicultural organizational context. The argument explores the extant cross-cultural management literature and identifies two predominant positions: a functionalist-stable stance and a dynamically interpretive perspective of culture. His...
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In this paper, we show how new work and managerial practices emerge in international joint ventures (IJVs), how they are co-constructed by cultural negotiating processes over time, and how this co-construction can provide synergistic effects. We use the case study of a binational railway organization which coordinates activities of its parent compa...
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Executive summary : Ce chapitre rappelle les caractéristiques et les spécificités du modèle allemand d'apprentissage. Il présente huit conditions ou critères de fonctionnement de ce modèle. Des études empiriques réalisées aux Etats Unis, au Mexique et en Chine, illustrent les actions que les grandes entreprises allemandes réalisent dans leurs filia...
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While recent contributions introduce the need for dialog between global knowledge management (GKM) and global talent management (GTM) to facilitate repatriate knowledge transfer, a literature gap exists regarding the implementation of this hybrid approach. Using the theoretical backgrounds of repatriate knowledge, GKM and GTM, we define the challen...
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La mise en évidence de réseaux de co-citations permet de faire émerger les cadres théoriques récurrents d'une discipline scientifique, plus particulièrement la gestion des ressources humaines (Igalens, Penan, 1993 ; Davoine, Gmür, 2012). A l'heure où l'institutionalisation des rankings de revues oblige à définir la place de la recherche française e...
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An analysis of the activity of SME director using the model demands-constraints-choices This study analyses 38 interviews with Swiss managers of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) about their daily activity. Our research uses Rosemary Stewart’s Demands-Constraints-Choices model to identify how managers perceive their management role. We highlight...
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Research on European business elites has been dominated by a ‘national career model’ approach, arguing that each country has a specific top management career pattern. In recent years, this line of argument has been challenged due to the increasing international circulation of top managers. To examine the impact of internationalisation on career mod...
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La numerisation est un facteur de mutation important pour l’organisation et son environnement avec des impacts multiples sur ceux-ci. Notre etude prospective vise a identifier les dossiers de la fonction RH associes a la diffusion des outils de communication numerique au sein de l’organisation. Une premiere contribution de l’etude est de montrer qu...
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Purpose The transfer of organizational practices or management instruments in the multinational firm often requires adaptations to the local context of subsidiaries and is, as such, revealing cultural and institutional particularities. Among the multinational firm’s management instruments, the codes of conduct are closely linked to the values and s...
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Vorliegender Artikel hat zum Ziel, sich mit der ematik konstruktiver Interkulturalität im Management zu beschaftigen, diese theoretisch-konzeptionell herzuleiten und anwendungsorientiert-empirisch zu illustrieren. Bezogen auf das ema dieser Ausgabe des Interculture Journal würde dann Interkulturelles Management neu denken bedeuten, dass kulturelle...
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Notre étude vise à montrer l'intérêt d'une approche intégrative pour analyser le transfert de pratiques RH dans l'entreprise multinationale. Bien que l'encastrement des organisations dans les environnements d'affaires nationaux (national business systems) influence les mécanismes d'adaptation, nous souhaitons montrer que ces mécanismes d'adaptation...
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Résumé. Ce chapitre, conçu en deux parties, présente d'abord les grandes caractéristiques du modèle de gestion allemand puis présente à partir de plusieurs cas les principaux incidents critiques observés dans les interactions interculturelles entre Français et Allemands. Hofstede a appliqué au modèle de gestion allemand la métaphore de la « machine...
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p>Purpose Reasons for women’s underrepresentation in international assignments include stereotypical assumptions within organizations about their ability to adjust abroad and more broadly a lack of trust from the corporate headquarters. Female expatriates’ adjustment may strongly vary depending on the host country and on host-country nationals’ att...
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L’évaluation du retour sur investissement (ROI) des formations des cadres est particulièrement difficile, alors même que ces formations ont les coûts les plus élevés. En nous basant sur une étude de dix cas de formation dans des organisations suisses, représentant des entretiens avec 158 cadres, nous présentons et discutons l’approche d’évaluation...
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This paper investigates the impacts of globalization processes on the Swiss business elite community during the 1980–2010 period. Switzerland has been characterized in the 20th century by its extraordinary stability and by the strong cohesion of its elite community. To study recent changes, we focus on Switzerland’s 110 largest firms’ by adopting a...
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Skilled migrants are essential to the global economy, and both employers and states depend on them to maintain their competitive advantage. This is particularly true for the Swiss economy, which attracts an impressive number of migrants to counteract the national shortage of skilled workers. The Swiss context is particularly interesting to study be...
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p>The purpose of this article is to show how globalization processes contributed to the decline of national institutions in the selection and development of Swiss business elites, drawing from empirical data from two recent research projects. The first database contains profile characteristics of CEOs and chairmen from 110 biggest Swiss companies o...
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Wie gehen bi-nationale Organisationen konstruktiv mit nationalen und branchenspezi schen Systemunterschieden um? Anhand der Fallstudie des deutsch-französischen Joint Ventures Alleo werden Erfolgsfaktoren aufgezeigt, welche die Entwicklung, das gegenseitige voneinan- der Lernen und den Erfolg einer internationalen Organisation fördern.
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En utilisant le cadre théorique de construction négociée de la culture, nous présentons ici l’importance des cultures régionales des filiales suisses d’une multinationale française. L’étude de cas permet d’apporter un éclairage original sur différents enjeux liés à la langue, souvent perçue comme un facilitateur ou facteur de proximité culturelle,...
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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to identify difficulties and tension fields encountered in a Social Accountability (SA) 8000 certification process. The paper is based on a case study within a multinational small–medium enterprise (SME) during the implementation of a SA8000 standard. Design/methodology/approach – In the framework of the case stu...
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Editorial : Special issue on organizations and organizing in a French context
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Unlike intercultural contact between members of distant and ‘exotic’ cultures where the actors are conscious of their differences, the risk in Franco-German cooperation lies in the underestimation of their cultural differences (Barmeyer 2004). In cross-border or international cooperation between “neighbours”, such as France and Germany, the differe...
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While top management career patterns are highly embedded in national institutional contexts, the phenomenon of globalization has recently called into question the future of these patterns. In this article we discuss the stability of certain features of national top management profiles as well as the emergence of a new globalized managerial elite ch...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the social role played by expatriate spouses during international assignments, using a dramaturgical approach. Design/methodology/approach – Role expectations were investigated on the basis of an exemplary case: the spouses of diplomatic and consular employees of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affai...
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Dans l’entreprise multinationale, les valeurs d’entreprise, instruments de la culture d’entreprise normative, sont « transferees » de la maison-mere vers les filiales pour partager un cadre de reference commun mais la signification de ces valeurs est en partie specifique a la langue et au contexte dans lesquels elles sont formulees. Notre contribut...
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p>The number of expatriates from global firms has been continuously increasing over the past decades as multinational companies still view expatriation as an important tool for sharing and transferring knowledge, controlling subsidiaries and developing workforce competencies. Expatriate management is still a costly and complex task for multinationa...
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Статья основана на результатах исследования, проведенного авторами в 2011–2012 гг. в российских филиалах международных компаний. Цель исследования — изучить процесс формирования практик управления человеческими ресурсами в российских филиалах под влиянием внутренних (со стороны международной компании) и внешних (национального институционального кон...
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The transfer of organizational practices or management instruments in the multinational firm often requires adaptations to the local context of subsidiaries and is, as such, revealing cultural and institutional particularities. Among the multinational firm's management instruments, the codes of conduct are closely linked to the values and standards...
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L'employé expatrié a acquis des compétences et une expertise pendant son expérience à l'étranger. Mais comment réintégrer les expatriés de manière à leur permettre de mettre à profit les compétences et les connaissances qu'ils ont accumulées à l'étran-ger ? Nous appuyant sur une revue de la documentation et sur une étude au sein d'une grande entrep...
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This article presents a comparative analysis of French- and German-language HRM research publications through co-citation networks, a method allowing to explore the theoretical frameworks underlying a given research discipline. A database was constructed based on the bibliographies of articles published in two specialized academic journals: the Rev...
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In this article, we present the utility analysis approach as an alternative and promising approach to measure the return on investment in managerial training programs. This approach, linking economic value with competencies developed by trainees, enables researchers and decision‐makers to compare the return on investment from different programs in...
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Many American multinational companies are trying to implement systematically standardized codes of conduct in their European subsidiaries in order to control employee behavior and to develop a homogeneous corporate culture. Due to a contextual US-American influence, the implementation of this strong value-infused management tool can lead to resista...
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Viele nordamerikanische multinationale Unternehmen versuchen, standardisierte Verhaltenskodices in ihren europaeischen Tochtergesellschaften zu implementieren, um Verhaltenweisen zu kontrollieren und um eine homogene Unternehmenskultur zu entwickeln. Durch die starke nordamerikanische Wertefundierung dieses Instruments kann die Implementierung auf...
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Вниманию читателей предлагается статья о том, насколько успешно внедрение новейших HR-практик происходит в украинских офисах международных компаний, основанная на исследованиях, наблюдениях и беседах авторов с HR-руководителями бизнесов, работающих в Украине.
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A dramaturgical analysis of the expatriate spouse role. The case of the Swiss diplomatic and consular staff In this article, we focus on the social role played by expatriates’ spouses during international assignments. Many researchers emphasize the importance of the spouse for the success or the failure of international assignments. Some experts ev...
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Die Globalisierung stellt für das Personalmanagement multinationaler Unternehmen wie Bosch eine große Herausforderung dar: die Internationalisierung von Funktionen und Aktivitäten betrifft zunehmend Fach- und Führungskräfte aller Ebenen und Bereiche, ob in internationalen Verhandlungen von Ein- und Verkäufern mit Kunden und Zulieferern, weltweite E...
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Many American multinational companies are trying to implement systematically standardized codes of conduct in their European subsidiaries in order to control employee behavior and to develop a homogeneous corporate culture. Due to a contextual US-American influence, the implementation of this strong value-infused management tool can lead to resista...
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p>In this article, we focus on the social role played by expatriates’ spouses during international assignments. Many researchers emphasize the importance of the spouse for the success or the failure of international assignments. Some experts even consider the behavior of the spouse as the most important factor for the expatriation success. Today it...
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La rentabilité des investissements en formation est difficile à chiffrer, surtout lorsqu'il s'agit de chiffrer un développement de compétences comportementales, et plus particulièrement de compétences de leadership. Les compétences de leadership concernent des aptitudes et des traits de personnalités comme, par exemple, l'empathie, l'aptitude à rés...
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– Participative and empowering evaluation : an instrument for structuring PPP projects – In the R&D field, projects between public and private stakeholders are often complex to co-ordinate because of the diversity of their objectives and the way they operate as a network. In this article we present a participative and empowering evaluation method w...
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GRH et mondialisation: nouveaux contextes, nouveaux enjeux Auteurs Didier Cazal, Eric Davoine, Pierre Louart, Françoise Chevalier Date de publication 2011 Éditeur Vuibert Traditionnellement, la question d’une gestion internationale des ressources humaines (GIRH) est traitée par la recherche en management de trois manières différentes: comme un...