As corporations open offices throughout the world, and as each corporation welcomes the world to its sites, the normal functions of the organization undergo a substantive transformation: Each function must be seen through the complex filter of culture, through the regulations, laws, and processes of the new context.

This entry explores the importance and relevance of culture and cultural diversity in the conduct of the major functions of human resource departments in organizations around the world. Following a brief background section, the rest of the entry is organized using a typical people pipeline in a global context composed of the major processes or functions managed by human resource professionals. The sections of the pipeline addressed here include pre-entry, entry, treatment within, movement within, exit, and post-exit.


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