Department of Management

Jan Selmer

Professor Emeritus

Profile photoJan Selmer
Professor Emeritus
Department of Management
Postal address:
Fuglesangs Allé 4
8210 Aarhus V, Denmark

Curriculum Vitae

Professor, Head of Department of Management, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, 2005-2008
Professor, School of Business, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, 1995
Docent (Reader), Stockholm University, 1980
Econ. Dr. (Ph.D.), Business Administration, Stockholm University, 1975
Master of Political Science, Stockholm University, 1968
Bachelor of Arts, Stockholm University, 1968

Research Area

  • Cross-Cultural Management in China
  • Expatriate Management
  • International Adjustment
  • Intercultural Training
  • Swedish Management

Academic Experience

Aarhus School of Business:

  • Department of Management:
    - Head of Department, 2005-2008

Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong:

  • School of Business:
    Co-ordinator (Focused Research Area on Cross-Cultural Management), 1996-2004
  • Department of Management, School of Business:
    - Head of Department, 1991-1997
    - Professor, 1995-2005
  • Business Research Centre, School of Business:
    - Associate Director (Research & Publications), 1993-1997
    - Coordinator (BRC Papers on Cross-Cultural Management),
  • David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies
    Programme Director, Cross-Cultural Management Research Programme, 1995-2000
  • Stockholm University, Sweden:
    School of Business (formerly Department of Business Administration): Docent (Reader), 1980-present

Administrative Experience

  • Leadership of an academic department/research institute
  • Initiating, leading and organizing international academic conferences
  • Leading and developing academic research
  • Designing, developing, coordinating and validating academic courses/subjects

Other Professional Acticities and Academic Rewards

  • Recipient,  Best Paper Award, Best Paper Proceedings, International Management Division, 2004 Academy of Management Meeting (CD-ROM), New Orleans, LA, U.S.A., August 6-11, 2004
  • Recipient, President’s Award for Outstanding Performance: Scholarship, Hong Kong Baptist University, March 2003
  • Panel Member, Research Assessment Exercise 1996 and 1999, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong
  • Chair and initiator of three international refereed academic conferences
  • Member, Editorial Board of five international refereed academic publications
  • Regular anonymous reviewer for international academic journals/conferences/research grants
  • Consultant, thirty business companies and other organizations
  • Visiting senior academic appointments at three universities/research institutes
  • External Examiner/Supervisor, Academic Degree Programmes, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.B.A. Theses


Selected research outputs

Job characteristics and perceived cultural novelty: Exploring the consequences for expatriate academics’ job satisfaction

Stoermer, S., Lauring, J. & Selmer, J., 2022, In: International Journal of Human Resource Management. 33, 3, p. 417-443 27 p.

The potential of virtual global mobility: Implications for practice and research

Selmer, J., Dickmann, M., Froese, F., Lauring, J., Reiche, S. B. & Shaffer, M., 2022, In: Journal of Global Mobility. 10, 1, p. 1-13 13 p.

Expatriate partners’ personality and its influence on acculturation into a new cultural context: Examining the role of dispositional affectivity

Stoermer, S., Selmer, J. & Lauring, J., Dec 2021, In: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management. 21, 3, p. 474–490

Third culture kids: Early talent potential for global work?

Selmer, J., McNulty, Y. & Lauring, J., 2021, The Routledge Companion to Talent Management. New York: Routledge, p. 331-344

Does Angry Temperament Undermine the Beneficial Effects of Expatriates’ Proactive Personality?

Stoermer, S., Lauring, J. & Selmer, J., Jul 2020, In: European Management Review. 17, 2, p. 427-438 12 p.

The effects of positive affectivity on expatriate creativity and perceived performance: What is the role of perceived cultural novelty?

Stoermer, S., Lauring, J. & Selmer, J., 2020, In: International Journal of Intercultural Relations. 79, 1, p. 155-164 10 p.

Highway to Hell? Managing Expatriates in Crisis

McNulty, Y. M., Lauring, J., Jonasson, C. & Selmer, J., Jun 2019, In: Journal of Global Mobility. 7, 2, p. 157-180 24 p.

Demographics, conflict and perceived openness to diversity: types of diversity in organizations

Lauring, J., Selmer, J. & Jonsen, K., 2019, Diversity within diversity management: types of diversity in organizations. Georgiadou, A., Gonzalez-Perez, M. A. & Olivas-Lujan, M. R. (eds.). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing, p. 61-78 (Advanced Series in Management; No. 22).

Fit-dependent Expatriate Crisis Events: Triggers, Causes and Outcomes

McNulty, Y. M., Lauring, J., Jonasson, C. & Selmer, J., 2019.

Personality in context: Effective traits for expatriate managers at different levels

Lauring, J., Selmer, J. & Kubovcikova, A., 2019, In: International Journal of Human Resource Management. 30, 6, p. 1010-1035 26 p.

The Angry Expat: The Role of Expatriates’ Angry Temperament in the Proactive Personality-Performance Link

Stoermer, S., Lauring, J. & Selmer, J., 2019.

The Reviewer from Hell

Selmer, J., 2019, In: Journal of Global Mobility. 7, 1, p. 2-4 3 p.

What is expatriate management?

Selmer, J., 2019, In: Journal of Global Mobility. 7, 3, p. 237-238 2 p.

A free bird cannot always fly: The role of job autonomy, job clarity, and cultural novelty for expatriate academics’ performance

Stoermer, S., Lauring, J. & Selmer, J., 2018.

Person-environment fit and emotional control: Assigned expatriates vs. self-initiated expatriates

Lauring, J. & Selmer, J., 2018, In: International Business Review. 27, 5, p. 982-992 11 p.