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Globalising HR: roles and challenges for the international HRM function

Brewster, C and Sparrow, P R (2007) Globalising HR: roles and challenges for the international HRM function. Working Paper. Centre for Performance-Led Human Resources, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the new roles and challenges for the International HRM function. It highlights four key challenges facing international HRM specialists. The first - moving from traditional models of HRM towards more globally defined roles - has arisen from developments in technology, increasing regionalisation of business and the growth of networks within organisations. The second challenge concerns the need to develop global capability. The third challenge requires us to rethink the mechanisms that are used to transfer knowledge globally. The fourth challenge is cope with pressures for cost effectiveness, and the streamlining of systems, processes and sourcing activity. The paper then examines the pragmatic choices that IHRM functions are making to cope with these challenges. There are five areas of debate associated with these choices. The first concerns the pursuit of international HR shared service structures and the extent to which this facilitates global solutions. The second concerns associated developments in e-enablement and its role in integrating operations internationally. The third concerns the issue of specialisation and associated developments in outsourcing, insourcing and offshoring. The fourth concerns the role of interpersonal networking and formal organisation designs such as centres of excellence to help overcome the constraints that technology places around global knowledge sharing. The fifth and final debate surrounds the nature of the business partner role in international context, and the differing nature of line manager involvement in HRM across countries.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Capability ; Knowledge Transfer ; Shared Service ; e-enablement ; Outsourcing
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
    ID Code: 48891
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:19
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:17
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48891

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