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Quicklook at Human Resources by Janet Tapsell

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Chapter Eleven: The international dimension

Some of the factors which may give rise to international expansion include a wish to move to a place where costs are lower, looking for new natural resources such as oil and other minerals, setting up operations in different time zones to create an organisation that “never sleeps” and making it easier to export by having a local presence. Sometimes overseas subsidiaries are acquired as a result of mergers or acquisitions.

The degree of sophistication required from HR in relation to operations outside the organisation’s home country varies. If there is just one small operation in a different country, there will probably be no need for anything other than ensuring compliance with local laws and setting ...

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