The Sage Course Companion on Human Resource Management is an accessible introduction to the subject that will help readers to extend their understanding of key concepts and enhance their thinking skills in line with course requirements. It provides support on how to revise for exams and prepare for and write assessed pieces. Readers are encouraged not only to think like an HRM student but also to think about the subject critically.
Designed to compliment existing textbooks for the course, the companion provides:
- Easy access to the key themes in HRM
- Helpful summaries of the approach taken by the main course textbooks and their strengths and weaknesses
- Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course
- Sample exam questions and answers, with advice on common themes that must always be addressed, how to use information effectively and pitfalls to advoid
- Themes that run throughout the major points covered by the book
- Taking it Further sections that suggest how readers can extent their thinking beyond the ‘received wisdom’
Much more than a revision guide for undergraduates, it is an essential tool that will help readers take their course understanding to new levels and help them achieve success in their undergraduate course.
Chapter 2.13: International HRM
Global Strategy, Local Action
International organisational activity has existed in one form or another for many hundreds if not thousands of years. Each generation across history has brought with it different challenges and requirements in managing international organisations and in each case there would be associated people issues to take into account. The current approach to international business is to have a global strategy but with the capability [Page 132]to act locally. Human beings grow and develop in a particular cultural context and while there will be many similarities between every culture there are also many differences. The most basic definition of culture is, ‘the way we do things around here’. It can be very difficult for any international organisation to arrange its affairs ...