Monday, March 5, 2007

Does HR planning need different strategies for global organization?

An organization's culture is often a product of the values of its founders/leaders, the industry of which it is a part and the region in which it matures. A transition from regional to global operation is more likely to be successful if, while the founders/leaders' and industry's values are retained, they are merged with local values. In this way the challenge of globalization is to accept the diversity of the regions while maintaining some uniform values for cohesion/identity.

In collaboration with local representatives it would be very appropriate to compare best HR practices (compensation, performance management etc.) and evaluate which are unique to a region and which apply across the organization. I suspect each region would quickly discover new, advantageous approaches.

If you are responsible for HR strategy in an organization that is globalizing, you have a great project ahead of you!

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