Almina Bešić is a researcher at the department of international management with a tenure track position since March 2019.
Almina received both of her master degrees (International Business; Financial and Industrial Management in 2010) along with her doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences (2015) from the University of Graz (Austria). In her doctoral thesis, Almina studied the strategies of multinational companies operating in Southeastern Europe, specifically analyzing their employment strategies across borders relating to highly skilled migrants. For her work, Almina was awarded a research fellowship from the Erste Foundation (2012-2014). She has been the recipient of several other prizes during her career, including the Josef Krainer Prize for young researchers from the government of Styria (2017).
Prior to joining the JKU, Almina spent several years working in the private sector and academia. From 2010 until the end of 2014, Almina was a research and teaching assistant in the University of Graz’s Department of Human Resource Management, where she concentrated on international human resource management as well as diversity management. In 2015, she completed a traineeship at the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, which focused on developing policies related to employment of highly skilled migrants and migrant entrepreneurship. From 2015 to 2019, Almina worked as a policy researcher for European Policy at ICF Consulting Ltd. London. Her main areas of work included project management and delivery of projects, emphasizing employment and integration of migrants as well as diversity, gender and social inclusion for the European Commission, the European Migration Network (EMN) and European Union agencies (e.g. Eurofound and EIGE). Currently, she is also a visiting lecturer at the Uni for Life at the University of Graz.
Almina’s research and teaching interests are linked to international business and human resource management and migration. Within these, she concentrates on multinational companies in transition economies, macro-level factors that influence these companies, the employment of highly-skilled migrants in organisations and migrant integration. Almina has also research interests in gender and diversity management.
Almina has published several research articles, and her research has appeared in academic journals such as European Management Review and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Almina is a member of EGOS (the European Group for Organizational Studies), IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) and EFA (the European Forum Alpbach).