Full Professor Inaugural Lecture: Andrea Soberg, “Is it critical for organizations to achieve equilibrium between their demand for and supply of labour? Is workforce balance really that important for competitiveness?”

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Trinity Western University
Alumni Hall, Reimer Student Centre
7600 Glover Road
Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1

Andrea Soberg joined the School of Business in 1999, where she has held several roles including Associate Dean and Dean, as well as teaching many of the HR courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. Prior to joining TWU as a faculty member, she was a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria, and continues to provide consulting advice to local, national and international organizations through her firm People First Consulting. She completed her Master of HR and Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto, and has been a Chartered Professional in HR since 1999. Her research has been focused on human resource planning, and, more recently, this has included understanding HRM challenges in indigenous Chinese firms. After returning from a sabbatical in 2015, during which time she lived in China, she created the foundation for the Centre for Global Entrepreneurship, and is currently its director. Andrea is the proud parent of Hanna, Adrienne, and Benard, all graduates of TWU.

Lecture: Across the world, organizations are experiencing an aging workforce and by 2030, most of the largest economies will face a global workforce crisis. This will mean that many organizations will not achieve equilibrium between their demand and supply. Does being in a state of imbalance cause any real challenges to survival for organizations in the 21st century? Is the quantitative gap the only imbalance that should be considered and strategically managed? Are there other issues that need to be addressed, and could these issues be of a more critical nature than having a lack of skilled supply of labour? In her lecture, Andrea will be discussing 4 different types of imbalances that an organization can experience and will challenge the view that a balanced position is what’s required for success. She will also discuss some of the results from her research on HRM in indigenous Chinese firms, in particular the different workforce planning issues that the Chinese firms are experiencing, and how these firms can address these challenges in order to compete in the global marketplace.

TIME: 1:10 – 2:50 pm (lecture and reception)

RSVP: Shelby Muhic (shelby.muhic@twu.ca) by January 16, 2016