The HRO Chair of the University of Fribourg, directed by Professor Eric Davoine since October 2003, is a teaching and research unit in the field of Human Resources Management.

The  Chair's research focuses on management practices in multinational companies, the evaluation of HRM practices and instruments, and the careers of top managers. The Chair is currently involved in two cooperation projects with the University of Lausanne supported by the SNSF. The first project in the area of mobility and gender issues focuses on skilled and highly skilled migrants in various professional contexts in Switzerland. This project is being developed as part of the third phase of NCCR LIVES (IP6): Gender, mobility and vulnerabilities in co-direction with Professor Nicky Le Feuvre from University of Lausanne.  The second project in the area of Swiss top management career paths and talent management, focusing on three major economic sectors (watchmaking, bank, chemistry/pharmacy). This project is being developed within a SNF-funded Sinergia project in cooperation with Prof. André Mach and Dr. Stéphanie Ginalski from University of Lausanne, Prof. Matthieu Leimgruber from University of Zurich, as well as Prof. Pierre-Yves Donzé from University of Osaka..

The HRO Chair teaches several courses oriented on human relations within organizations as part of bachelors programmes (Introduction à la Gestion d’Entreprise, Gestion des Ressources Humaines) and masters programmes (Intercultural Management, Compétences Managériales, Auditer l’Organisation, Théories et Pratiques de l’Organisation ), as well as modules in several continuing education programmes (MAS HR, Philosophy cure for executives). The Chair also intervenes within several companies on the topic of intercultural management.

Students in bachelor and master programmes can write their final assignments on the Chair research’s themes as well as on more general topics in the field of Human Resources Management.