About Lisbeth Claus, Ph.D., SPHR, GPHR

Professor of Global Human Resources, Atkinson Graduate School of Management of Willamette University

Lisbeth Claus, Ph.D, SPHR, GPHR, is a Professor of Global Human Resources at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Prior to joining Willamette University, she held faculty and administrative positions at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and managed positions at Safety Inc. and Maritz Inc.

Dr. Claus has been widely published in academic and professional journals on subject matters related to a wide variety of global HR management issues. She is recognized as a leading expert on global and cross-border employee issues. Claus is the co-author of a leading textbook, Briscoe, Schuler and Claus, International Human Resource Management (3rd edition), Routledge, 2009.

Additionally, she was the 2003 President of SHRM Global (then known as the international division of the Society for Human Resource Management). In 2004, SHRM commissioned her to design the GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) Certification Preparation Course™. Claus also served as a subject matter expert for the development of the SHRM Global Learning System and was a member of the SHRM Global HR Special Expertise panel (2005-2008).

A native of Belgium, she speaks Flemish, French and English, and has a solid working knowledge of German. When not traveling around the world for speaking engagements, she divides her time between Silverton and Joseph, Oregon and Bredene, Belgium.

Air Pollution: Clear Skies Ahead?

The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million deaths are caused by air pollution each year. The associated health hazards of air pollution are issues that employers need to discuss with their employees, especially their international travelers, international assignees, and their dependents. Employees are not only asking how they can be protected when considering assignments in places like China and India and other air pollution hot spots, but demanding steps be taken by their employer to make sure their health is safeguarded. Read full blog post »


Duty of Care: Global Benchmarking Study Released


I’m excited to start the discussion on a first-of-its-kind report, Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management International Benchmarking Study. This comprehensive paper released by International SOS surveyed 718 respondents from 628 organizations with global operations on a wide range of issues related to international travel, measuring Duty of Care knowledge and best practices. This document is a natural extension of the ground-breaking report that International SOS issued in 2009 on Duty of Care. REGISTER HERE. Read full blog post »


Duty of Care: Global Benchmarking Study


The definition of workplace is constantly evolving as globalization continues. So too has the understanding of duty of care. To find out just how much, International SOS undertook a comprehensive benchmarking study – the first of its kind – to measure best practices that organizations have in place, as well as duty of care habits. Read full blog post »