This symposium will focus on human resource management approaches to mitigate global challenges that industry, government and small businesses face. The forum will bring together academics in the field of human resource management as well as practitioners, managers and leaders from industry to participate in sessions that will emphasise the integrating role of HRM in alleviating organisations’ challenges during global turbulence. There will be a platform for the presentation of various research works, both completed and in development, within the domain of human resource and employment relationship management.

The important aspects of this symposium are:

• To launch a platform to sensitise the academic environment within Namibia of the relevance to engage in prolific academic discourse and research on the dynamic approach to managing human resources during turbulence in the wake of the global economic challenges;
• To incorporate international HRM perspectives in Namibia between academics and industry practitioners as well as collaborating with other related bodies;
• To present research from various fields of study in relation to HRM;
• To create a platform for young researchers to develop projects through interaction with academic peers;
• To deliberate on and understand the challenges faced in HRM functions around the world in comparison to the Namibian context;
• To allow HR practitioners, business owners and managers to discuss and learn HR dynamics and practices as are vital to the survival of small businesses during economic challenge; and
• To call on academics, consultants and practitioners in the field and in industry to deliberate on the relevance of developing prolific research and more visibility of HRM activities championing human resource standards in the profession in the country.

Procedure for the symposium:

The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in collaboration with the North-West University (NWU) and Tilburg University (TU) will host a symposium for two days on 22 and 23 May, 2018, at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia. The academic discourse in the symposium would be initiated by two confirmed academic keynote presentations by:

• Professor René Schalk from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and
• Professor Bennie Linde from North-West University, South Africa

These keynote presentations will be followed by thematic sessions, allowing academic and practice presentations on the symposium theme. A session for research in development will allow emerging researchers to discuss their ideas with academic peers.