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October 2 2009

ILR Students participate in Doctoral Conference at Warwick Business School in the UK

Presentation at WarwickMichel Hermans, Tashlin Lakhani and Maite Tapia, doctoral students at ILR, presented their research at Warwick Business School on September 24-25th 2009. The doctoral exchange between ILR and Warwick Business School was facilitated by the Abraham and Henrietta Brettschneider Fund, established in 2006 by ILR alumnus, Michael Borkan BS '79. 

Michael's gift is an endowment named in memory of his grandparents. The Brettschneider Fund, along with a corresponding fund established at Warwick Business School, supports ILR-Warwick exchange to assist research travel by faculty, students and scholars interested in the study of workplace issues. Three doctoral students from WBS participated in a similar workshop at Cornell University in 2007. 

Warwick Cornell DinnerOn this occasion, Warwick combined the ILR exchange with a European Doctoral workshop involving doctoral students from University of Amsterdam, Central European University Budapest, LEST at the Université de la Mediterranée (Aix-en-Provence), Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies Cologne, University of Milan, IAAEG at the University of Trier, Warwick Business school and the ILR School. 

The students presented their ongoing research and research proposals and obtained feedback from other doctoral students and faculty. Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla accompanied the ILR students. The workshop gave students the unique opportunity to discuss their research with peers and scholars in the international community.

According to Tashlin "Students at different stages of their doctoral studies were able to receive comments on their work, learn about the research of their peers and make life-long connections with one another."

Warwick and Cornell groupMaite had similar thoughts on the workshop and felt it was a phenomenal success: "For me, this 2-day workshop exclusively focused on the work of doctoral students from eight different institutions, was a very positive and useful experience. It definitely helped me to develop my own study further. Last but not least, the warm hospitality of the Warwick Business School, in particular the professors and students of IRRU, made our stay in the UK truly memorable."