Prof. Dr. Ihar Sahakiants

Professor of International Human Resource Management

Campus: Cologne

Phone: +49 (0) 221 93 18 09-535

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International Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management
Digital Leadership
Current Trends in Leadership and Human Resource Management
Reward Management
Training and Development
Strategic Human Resource Management
Organisational Behaviour
Corporate Development and Business Transformation
Change Management

Non-financial reporting
International rewards
Executive pay
Institutional and historical analysis of organisational practices
Human resource management in multinational corporations
Corporate governance
Socially responsible human resource management

PhD degree (Dr. rer. pol.) at the ESCP Europe Berlin. Doctoral thesis: “Compensation Systems in European Transition States: An Analysis of Path Dependence, Isomorphic Effects, and Agency-Based Determinants”

Master studies at the University of Trier

Study of business economics at the Belarussian State Economic University

Study of linguistics at the Minsk State Linguistic University

Lecturer at the ESCP Europe Business School Berlin

Research Assistant at the Chair of Human Resources and Intercultural Leadership at the ESCP Europe Berlin

Assistant of the European Dean of Research at the ESCP Europe

Assistant of the technical director, marketing and project manager, department head in printing and automotive companies

Journal Articles

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (in Print). Socially Responsible HRM Reporting in Russia: A Modern Practice Embedded in the Past? Journal of East European Management Studies.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2019). The Use of Executive Share-Based Compensation in Poland: Investigating Institutional and Agency-Based Determinants in an Emerging Market. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(6), 1036-1057.

Sahakiants, I. (2015). DeSimone, R.L., Werner, J. M. Human Resource Development (6th International Edition), South-Western, Cengage Learning, 2012. Management International Review (MIR), 55, 453–456.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2013). Path-dependent Evolution of Compensation Systems in Central and Eastern Europe: A Case Study of Multinational Corporation Subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. European Management Journal, 31(4), 373–389.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2011). Determinants of Share-based Compensation Plans in Central and Eastern European Public Companies: An Institutional Analysis. Journal of East European Management Studies, 16(4), 338-357.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2011). Auf dem Weg zur Transparenz. Personal, 6, 18-19.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2010). Compensation Practices in Central and Eastern European EU Member States – An Analytical Framework Based on Institutional Perspectives, Path Dependencies and Efficiency Considerations. Thunderbird International Business Review, 52(3), 203-216.

Working Papers

Buettner-Wobst, N., Dorner, G., dos Santos Dörholt, M., Hüttchen, E. and Sahakiants, I. (2020). Adjustment of Expatriate Spouses and Children during and after International Assignments: Three Qualitative Investigations. (Cologne Business School Working Paper 2020 Nr. 1). Cologne: Cologne Business School.

Karlshaus, A., López, I., Mochmann, I.C., Sahakiants, I. and Stuber, M. (2018). Diversity and Inclusion in Europe: Analysing Local Specifics and International Influences (Cologne Business School Working Paper 2018 Nr. 4). Cologne: Cologne Business School.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2014). The Minder Initiative and Executive Pay Narratives in Germany and Russia: Cases of Path Dependence? (ESCP Europe Working Paper Nr. 64). Berlin: ESCP Europe.

Book Chapters

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2019). Rewards in European Transition States. In Perkins, S. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Reward Management (pp. 391-400). London and New York: Routledge.

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M., Engle, A. D. and Dowling, P. J. (2018). Comparative Total Rewards Policies and Practices. In C. Brewster, W. Mayrhofer and E. Farndale (Eds), Handbook of Research on Comparative Human Resource Management (2nd ed., S. 143-163) Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Sahakiants, I. (2017). Investigating the Concept of Socially Responsible Executive Pay. In M. Aluchna and S. Idowu (Eds), Responsible Corporate Governance: Towards Sustainable and Effective Governance Structures (pp. 207-222). New York, NY et al.: Springer.

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Perkins, S. (2016). Pay-for-Performance in Europe. In M. Dickmann, C. Brewster and P. Sparrow (Eds), International Human Resource Management. Contemporary Human Resource Issues in Europe (3rd ed., pp. 354–374). London: Routledge.

Sahakiants, I. (2015). Corporate Governance Failures: An International Perspective. In: M. Aluchna and G. Aras (Eds), Transforming Governance: New Values, New Systems in the New Business Environment (pp. 41–58). Farnham: Gower.

Festing, M., Engle, A. D., Dowling, P. J. and Sahakiants, I. (2012). Pay and Rewards. In C. Brewster and W. Mayrhofer (Eds), Handbook of Research in Comparative Human Resource Management (pp. 139-164). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Case Studies

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Fröhlecke, M. (2017). Expatriate Compensation at Robert Bosch GmbH: Coping with Modern Mobility Challenges. In P. Dowling, M. Festing and A. Engle (Eds), International Human Resource Management (7th ed., pp. 318-324). Andover: Cengage Learning EMEA.

Festing, M., Fröhlecke, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2011). Expatriate-Vergütung bei Robert Bosch GmbH. In M. Festing, P. Dowling, W. Weber and A. Engle (Eds), Internationales Personalmanagement (3rd ed., pp. 406-410). Wiesbaden: Gabler.

Labour Market and HR Reports

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Skilled Workforce in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey—Availability and Trends: In Search of Optimal Staffing, Training, and Development Strategies within National Contexts. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Serbien. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Rumänien. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Türkei. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Kroatien. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Polen. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Russland. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Slowakei. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Slowenien. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2014). Arbeitsmarktreport: Tschechien. Personalwirtschaftliche Indikatoren. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2013). Human Resource Management in Multinational Corporations: Standardization of HR Practices, Market Entry Modes, Organizational and Contextual Factors. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2011). Beschäftigung in Zentral- und Osteuropa (CEE): Sozialversicherung, Arbeitsbedingungen und Besteuerung. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Festing, M., Sahakiants, I., von Preen, A. and Smid, M. (2011). Directors‘ Remuneration in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia. Companies Composing Major Stock Exchange Indices. Gummersbach: Kienbaum Management Consultants GmbH.

Conference Papers

Dorner, G. and Sahakiants, I. (2020). Digitalisierung der Mitarbeiterentsendungen ins Ausland: Optimierung der Anpassungsprozesse durch digitale Technologien. Paper presented at the Tagung Digitalkompetenz at the FHWS Hochschule für angew. Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Schweinfurt, March 2020.

Sahakiants, I. (2019). Using digital technology in expatriate management: between organizational benefits and individual acceptance. Paper presented at the 45th European International Business Academy (EIBA) Conference, Leeds, UK, December 2019.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2018). In search of legitimacy in a post-state-socialist capitalism: The case of socially responsible HRM reporting in Russia. Paper presented at the 15th International Human Resource Management Conference, Madrid, Spain, June 2018.

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Steger, T. (2018). Making and Exploiting the Corporate History: A stakeholder perspective. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Sustainability and Responsibility, Cologne, November 2018.

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Steger, T. (2017).  Supporting a founder narrative: The role of primary stakeholders. Paper presented at the Herbsttagung 2017 der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement im VHB, Cologne, October 2017.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2017). Corporate social responsibility reporting in Russia: Investigating the driving forces behind disclosure. Paper presented at the Herbsttagung 2017 der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement im VHB, Cologne, October 2017.

Sahakiants, I. (2016). Investigating the Concept of Socially Responsible Executive Pay. Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance, Cologne, August 2016

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Steger T. (2016). Organizational continuity and founder narrative: The role of primary stakeholders in sustaining a socially responsible corporate culture. Paper presented at the 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples, Italy, July 2016.

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Steger T. (2015). Paying Your Employees Right: Exploring the Concept of Socially Responsible Rewards. Paper presented at the 15th EURAM Annual Conference, Warsaw, Poland, June 2015.

Sahakiants, I., Festing, M. and Steger T. (2014). Why Do Companies Implement Socially Responsible Human Resource Practices? A Conceptual Analysis. Paper presented at the 13th International Human Resource Management Conference, Kraków, Poland, June 2014.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2014). Executive Pay Narratives in Germany and Russia: Cases of Path Dependence? Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Path Dependence, Berlin, February 2014.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2013). Public Opinion and Executive Pay: Media Content Analysis Of Corporate Governance Narratives in Germany and Russia. Paper presented at the 4th European Reward Management Conference, Brussels, Belgium, December 2013.

Sahakiants, I. and Festing, M. (2013). Public Opinion and Executive Pay: Media Content Analysis Of Corporate Governance Discourse in Germany and Russia. Paper presented at the IX Chemnitz East Forum, Chemnitz, September 2013.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2012). The Use of Executive Share-Based Compensation: Empirical Evidence from Poland. Paper presented at the IFSAM Conference, Limerick/Ireland, June 2012.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2011). Determinants of Share-based Compensation Plans in Central and Eastern European Public Companies: An Institutional Analysis. Paper presented at the 3rd European Reward Management Conference, Brussels, December 2011.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2011). Compensation Practices in Central and Eastern Europe: A Case Study of Multinational Corporation Subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Path Dependence, Berlin, March 2011.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2010). Compensation Practices in Central and Eastern Europe: A Case Study of Multinational Corporation Subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. Paper presented at the 11th International Human Resource Management Conference, Birmingham, UK, June 2010.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2010). Compensation in CEE Countries – a Framework and a Case Study of an MNC Subsidiary in the Czech Republic. Paper presented at the Jahrestagung der Wissenschaftlichen Kommission Internationales Management im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft (VHB e. V.), Berlin, February 2010.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2009). Compensation in CEE Countries – a Framework and a Case Study of an MNC Subsidiary in the Czech Republic. Paper presented at the 2nd European Reward Management Conference, Brussels, Belgium, November 2009.

Festing, M. and Sahakiants, I. (2009). Compensation Practices in Central and Eastern European EU Member States – An Institutional Perspective. Paper presented at the 10th International Human Resource Management Conference, Santa Fe, USA, June 2009.

Engle, A. D., Festing, M., Dowling, P. J. and Sahakiants, I. (2009). Renaissance in Rewards: a Historical Preface and Comparative Analysis of Contemporary Pay Practices. Paper presented at the 9th EURAM Conference in Liverpool, UK, May 2009.

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