CRANET (The Cranfield Network on International Human Resource Management) is the world’s largest HRM research network and the only one that has been collecting comparative data on HRM in different countries for more than three decades.

Launched in 1989, CRANET was established to meet the need for ready access to information on best practice and comparative performance within Europe, and now globally. The research network today is a collaboration between over 40 Universities and business schools in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

The Study

CRANET is the most comprehensive scientific study in the field of (inter-) national human resource management.

CRANET analyzes fundamental issues and trends in the structure and policy of HR Management, recruitment, staff development, compensation, and employee relations. It also considers company-specific, sectorial and country-specific differences in detail.

As a dataset, CRANET is unique in two ways:

  1. It allows for the comparison of HRM policies and practices in a large number of countries across the globe.
  2. It allows the examination of trends and changes in HRM over a 30-year period.

In Switzerland the research project is carried out by the Center for Human Resource Management at the University of Lucerne. The results of the study provide a valuable basis upon which to benchmark the activities of different organizations with Swiss trends and competitors.

CRANET collects data over a four-year cycle. The report on the latest data collection from 2021 is available here:

CRANET Executive Report 2023

CRANET Switzerland Study Report 2022

Reports from the previous round:

CRANET Switzerland Study Report 2015

International Executive Report 2017

Project leader: Dr. Anna Sender
Phone: +41 41 229 58 62

Project member: Marina Pletscher, MA
Phone: +41 41 229 58 69