Joey Soehardjojo is a multilingual doctoral researcher focused on multinational human resources (HR) and international business (IB). He holds an MSc from the University of Oxford as well as an MSc from the London School of Economics and a B.Comm from McMaster University, Canada.
At the Warwick Business School, Joey has developed his knowledge and research skills under the mentorship and supervision of Professors Nigel Driffield, Guglielmo Meardi, and Geoffrey Wood. Currently, he is examining the effects of cross-border management practices of multinational corporations (MNCs)—specifically, the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the mechanism of inward MNCs’ HR management practices and IR policies on the emerging market economy setting.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes, Joey served four years in Warwick’s student support network. As a sub-warden, he was responsible for various aspects of students’ wellbeing on campus. Given his background in intercultural communication, this role is one that came naturally to him.
Joey has diverse hands-on international HR experience and a high degree of cross-cultural sensitivity that was enhanced while working with 125 cultural ambassadors from all corners of the world at Walt Disney World, Florida. Then he became immersed in the business-diplomatic milieu of New York City where he served high profile clients in recruitment, training and promotion. In fact, he helped train United Nations delegates, various corporate executives and employees of intelligence organizations (FBI, CIA and NYPD).
Joey’s diverse career and his pursuit of higher learning have enabled him to experience living in Canada, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom—and his homeland of Indonesia. Furthermore, as a certified interpreter, he has provided pro bono language assistance to refugees, human trafficking and abuse victims since 2005.
Joey’s major research project takes an empirical approach in exploring HR practices in three divisions of the automotive industry in Japan and Indonesia: cars, motorcycles and auto parts. Using data collection and a triangulation of findings from fieldwork in the two countries, his work aims to contribute to the body of research on HR and IB in East Asia and Southeast Asia. As indicated in his papers under review for imminent publication, he is exploring MNC stakeholders and industrial actors’ interactions and power relationships.
Papers under review/in preparation:
Soehardjojo, J., Driffield, N., Meardi, G., “Knowledge transfer and co-evolution of Japanese working practices in emerging markets”
Soehardjojo, J., Meardi, G., Driffield, N., “Understanding transnational corporations’ work, employment and organizational practices in the emerging host country’s political and economic context”
Soehardjojo, J., Driffield, N., Meardi, G., “How can low-power subsidiary actors gain influence and legitimacy in the multinational corporation network?”
Soehardjojo, J., Schrock, L., “Constraints on employer collective action by employer association élites: the case of APINDO in Indonesia”
Joey’s unique and compelling research papers have been accepted for presentation at international academic conferences, such as the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, the European Group for Organizational Studies and the European Association for Japanese Studies.
ERASMUS, the British Council; RADMA research project; the Reischauer Institute, Harvard; the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowship; the British Association for Japanese Studies, and the Sasakawa Foundation.
Professor Guglielmo Meardi and Professor Nigel Driffield