International Human Resources

Given the rapid pace of globalization within the world of business, organizations are finding themselves working more frequently both in and with foreign nations. Thus, some of the most difficult challenges in international HRM (IHRM) originate from the cultural differences encountered in various countries while conducting business as a multinational organization. The challenge becomes particularly acute when businesspeople lack knowledge of or sensitivity to cultural differences, the result of which may be mistakes made in business or personal interactions that offend or alienate foreign constituents. Hypothetical Scenario Assume that your management team is seeking your help with IHRM in a world of diversity. Specifically, they want a brief report about international business etiquette, customs, or protocol. The report should compare and contrast cultural differences potentially encountered while transacting business between other countries and the United States. For this discussion, complete the following: Select one country outside the United States. Select a topic, and perform research about business etiquette, customs, or protocol for that country. You may use one of the suggested topics below or another pertinent topic of your choice. Briefly discuss the similarities and differences with respect to cultural diversity while conducting business in your chosen country and the United States. Research Visit the CIA World Factbook Web site. Select a country and a topic to research for this unit’s discussion. Suggested topics to research include, but are not limited to, the following as they relate to the norms and customs for your chosen country: Suggested topics to research may include, but are not limited to: Appearance. Behavior. Communication. Time and space orientation. Formality. Tolerance. Saving face. Protocol for exchanging business cards. Women in the workplace. View on and practices about corruption. Nonverbal communication. Fundamentals of Human Resource M Author: Raymond Noe; John Hollenbeck; Barry Gerhart; Patrick Wright ISBN: 1260431983 Read Chapter 16, “Managing Human Resources Globally,” pages 479512. Internet resources Wall Street Journal on Campus: Recommend reviewing The Wall Street Journal for relevant articles related to cultural differences and challenges in an international business environment.
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