With increasing globalization comes the need to understand human resource management (HRM) more broadly across countries, cultures, institutions, and organizational types. Designed to help readers explore and understand the key concepts and latest research behind the strategic management of people in organizations that operate in a global context, this accessible book provides concise coverage of HRM concepts, balancing comparative approaches and US and non-US schools of thought. Not limited to the multinational firm, the book reflects the most current knowledge in the field and considers all types of organizations embedded in the global context. Chapter-opening vignettes (short cases) exemplify the chapter's core topics and show readers how chapter content can be applied. Extensive references make it easy for readers to explore concepts in more depth.

Global Staffing

Global staffing

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to

  • describe the four types of staffing strategy,
  • describe the reasons why an organization might choose to fill a position with an expatriate,
  • outline the criteria used to select expatriates,
  • describe important differences in staffing across countries, and
  • discuss the issues associated with implementing global staffing and talent management programs.

A Manager for Russia

Ben Cohen, cofounder of Ben & Jerry's, had been interested in starting a venture in Russia since he first visited there in 1986. Now Jeff Furman, a longtime friend of Ben's and in charge of partnership opportunities, was searching for an American to head up Ben & Jerry's anticipated joint venture in Karelia, Russia. Karelia was a beautiful resort region near the Finnish border and ...

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