Going Global: Managing the HR Function Across Countries and Cultures

June 19, 2013

going globalFrom the publisher:

As organizations operate across countries and continents there is an increasing demand for the development of an HR function designed to deliver global support. This requires the need to rethink the structure of HR, how it is managed and how it operates. However, adopting a fully global model is not the right answer for all organizations. HR has a key role in determining the business strategy in terms of the required scale of operations (i.e. local/regional/global), and in delivering the business transformation required to realize that strategy once it has been agreed. As a result, HR must be both able and prepared to transform itself to support the new business model. “Going Global” outlines of the types activity and capability that are needed to establish HR function able to supporting business operations at a regional or global level. It focuses on two areas, the decision to go global and, once taken, the activities needed to deliver a global HR function. This latter section targets three areas: designing the right service; building a cohesive team; and delivering HR talent. The authors point out some of the key decisions you will need to take, together with advice on your overall approach, and some of the lessons learned by other organizations along the way. The Human Resources function faces a continuing challenge to its role and purpose, in many organizations it has suffered from serious under-representation at strategic, board level. Yet, faced with the challenges of globalism, the need to innovate, manage knowledge, attract and retain the very best employees, organizations need an HR function that can lead from the front. The process of transforming the function is complex and rarely linear. It involves understanding and adapting to the needs of your offices in the various countries, cultures and markets within which you operate. All of which involves a highly complex and, often painful, process of change.

Going Global: Managing the HR Function Across Countries and Cultures, by Cat Rickard, Jodi Baker and Yonca Crew. Burlington, VT : Gower, 2009. 108 p. ISBN 9780566088230 (pbk.)

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