Lubar Faculty and Staff
Margaret Shaffer
Margaret ShafferLubar Hall S369
Phone: (414) 229-4544
Curriculum Vitae

Margaret Shaffer
Richard C. Notebaert Distinguished Chair of International Business and Global Studies

Ph.D., Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, University of Texas at Arlington
M.S., Personal and Human Resource Management, University of Texas at Arlington
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Indiana University

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Shaffer's research activities focus on understanding cross-cultural experiences, especially in the areas of expatriate adjustment and performance and life balance.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in International Business, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.  Based on her extensive experience in Asia, she has led several study abroad trips to China and other countries in Southeast Asia.

Professional Activities

Dr. Shaffer has published numerous academic articles in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of International Business Studies. She has also been an active participant in the Academy of Management Meetings and the Academy of International Business conferences. One of her papers on expatriate adjustment (co-authored with David Harrison) received the first “Best International Paper” award from the Academy of Management. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Global Mobility: The Home of Expatriate Management Research and she serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Journal of World Business, and Personnel Review.

Before joining the faculty at UWM, Dr. Shaffer lived and worked in Hong Kong for 11 years. She was a professor of management at Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she was the course director of their Doctor of Business Administration program. She has successfully supervised more than 20 doctoral thesis students.

Dr. Shaffer has consulted with numerous organizations, including American Airlines, Caltex Petroleum, Federal Express, General Motors, and Levi Strauss concerning their expatriation policies and practices.Before becoming an academic, Dr. Shaffer worked in the United States as a manager in the telecommunications, hospitality, and retail industries and in Hong Kong as a partner in a training consultancy firm.