Managing the Global Workforce

November 2, 2010

From the Publisher:

In today’s highly competitive global business environment, organizations need to aggressively compete for new markets, products, services, and top human talent in order to develop and sustain competitive advantage in the global arena. For many years, international firms have effectively managed their financial and material resources globally, leveraging economies of scale, low cost production, currency fluctuations, and the like. Human resources, as all other resources in multinational firms, are now being managed on a global scale.

The first half of Managing the Global Workforce covers the three foundational areas for managing a global workforce:

  • Global Business Strategy – How does human talent affect international integration, local responsiveness, and worldwide innovation and collaboration?
  • Comparative HR Systems – What are the cross-border differences in employment and labor laws, workforce competence (e.g., literacy rates and educational systems), labor economics, and unionization?
  • Cross-Cultural Differences – What are the cross-national differences in the ways individuals gain trust and credibility, communicate, and work together?

The second half of Managing the Global Workforce applies the three foundational areas concurrently when considering the key practice areas of HRM:

  • Managing Work Design and Workforce Planning – What are the strategic, comparative and cross-national contingencies related to the global mobility of jobs, the movement of employees, and cross-border knowledge work (e.g., transnational teams, virtual teams)?
  • Managing Competencies – What are the strategic, comparative and cross-national contingencies related to recruitment, selection, training and development of the global workforce?
  • Managing Attitudes and Behaviors – What are the strategic, comparative and cross-national contingencies related to compensation, incentives, performance management, and motivational reward of the global workforce?

In our ever-increasing knowledge economy, winning in the global arena will largely depend on how well firms can leverage, attract, develop, engage and motivate the strategic capabilities of their human talent globally.

Managing the Global Workforce, by Paula Caligiuri, David Lepak and Jaime Bonache. Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2010. 218 p. ISBN 9781405107327
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