Bus 325 All Discussions With Sample Answers

Week 1 discussion 1 – Domestic and International HRM 

 Please respond to the following:

  • Analyze the main differences and similarities between domestic and international HRM. Determine whether or not it would be beneficial to adopt one (1) policy for domestic and international sites. Support your response with one (1) example.
  • From the e-Activity, predict at least two (2) challenges that organizations will face in the next ten (10) years as it relates to managing human resource activities for multinational organizations. Propose at least two (2) ways to that organizations may mitigate these predicted challenges.

 

Week 2 discussion 2 International HRM Activities

 Please respond to the following:

  • Determine the main reasons why a greater involvement in employees’ personal lives, as opposed to non-involvement, is inevitable in many international HRM activities, especially in developing countries. Provide one (1) example to support your answer.
  • Examine two (2) primary causes of HR failure in multinational ventures. Analyze the manner in which each of these causes can be overcome by having the appropriate staff to manage and operate the business.\

Week 3 discussion 1 Standardization and Localization for Multinational Enterprises (MNEs)

Please respond to the following:

  • Examine two (2) issues of standardization and localization in general for MNEs. Determine two (2) ways in which an organization would benefit from standardization of IHRM activities and two (2) ways in which an organization would benefit from localization of IHRM activities. Provide examples of such benefits to support your response.
  • According to the textbook, a country of origin can strongly influence a company’s approach to organizational structure. As MNEs from China and India expand internationally, determine whether or not it is smarter for these countries to take on management practices of the host country or the home country. Support your answer with examples of two (2) management practices.

Week 3 discussion 2 Stages of a Firm as It Grows Internationally

Please respond to the following:

  • Examine two (2) stages that an organization goes through as it grows internationally. Explain key reasons why a large MNE with a long international history and extensive cross-border operations might choose to standardize its products. Provide examples of such standardization to support your response.
  • Examine your current organization, and explain which stage of organizational development your company is currently in. If you are not currently with an organization, examine a past organization. Support your response. Note: Please do not identify workplaces or leaders by name.

Week 4 discussion 1 – Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Integration

Please respond to the following:

  • Assume you are the HR manager of a company. Examine the fundamental role of HR in the pre-M&A phase. Recommend two (2) actions that HR could take to show its support of the success of the newly formed company.
  • Determine two (2) ways that cultural and institutional differences impact the HR integration in M&As and in International Joint Ventures (IJVs).

Week 4 discussion 2 – Expatriate Management

Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, determine the manner in which expatriates transfer knowledge between the acquiring and the acquired company in an M&A. Explain the role of the expatriate’s industry experience in cross-border alliances. Propose two (2) actions that organizations can take to internally recruit employees to take international assignments.
  • Determine the importance of organizations sending managers on international assignments as a path to career development. Support your response with one (1) example of such a path.

Week 5 discussion 1 Approaches to Staffing

Please respond to the following:

  • Imagine that you are the HR manager of a multinational enterprise (MNE). You have been tasked with staffing a subsidiary in Asia. Select the approach to staffing that you would utilize in this situation and provide a rationale for your decision. Support your selection with one (1) example of the successful implementation of this approach.
  • Determine the manner in which organizations can locate qualified candidates when operating MNEs. Provide a rationale for your response. Take a position on whether or not an ethnocentric approach to staffing is the best option when staffing outside of an organization’s home country. Support your position; if you disagree, suggest an alternative approach.

Week 5 discussion 2 – Transferring Staff for International Business Activities

Please respond to the following:

  • Determine two (2) advantages to using international assignments versus local nationals when expanding a company into a new country. Support your response with examples of each of the two (2) such advantages.
  • Examine two (2) reasons that multinationals should be concerned about expatriate failure. Propose two (2) actions that a company can take in order to prevent expatriate failure.

Week 6 discussion 1 Volatility of the Global Environment

 Please respond to the following:

  • Examine the benefits and drawbacks of a global strategy versus those of a local strategy. Provide one (1) example of when a global company would select a global strategy and one (1) example of when it would select a local strategy.
  • Determine two (2) possible HR implications of a company using either a local or a global strategy. Speculate on the manner in which the decision in question impacts the hiring and training process for each particular location

Week 6 discussion 2 – Expatriate Performance

Please respond to the following:

  • Select two (2) major criteria that you would use to appraise the performance of an expatriate. Determine whether an expatriate’s performance requirements should or should not match those of others within an organization and if management should rate the expatriate differently based on a focus of international growth for the company. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • *From the e-Activity, rank the top three (3) suggested components of a performance appraisal in order of importance (one (1) being the most important; three (3), the least). Provide a rationale for your ranking.

Week 7 Discussion 1 – Training Expatriates

Please respond to the following:

  • Determine key components that are important to maintaining a successful mentorship with expatriates. Support your answer with one (1) real-world example of a successful expatriate mentorship.
  • Examine key challenges that mentors face when training expatriates. Suggest two (2) actions that a mentor can take in order to assist an expatriate to adjust during a foreign assignment.

Week 7 Discussion 2 – Repatriation

Please respond to the following:

  • *From the e-Activity, evaluate the validity of the suggested best practices in terms of HR’s role in supporting expatriates returning home. Recommend one (1) other action that HR can take in order to support the expatriates in question.
  • Suggest two (2) uses for a repatriate agreement related to clarifying the types of positions available to workers returning from an overseas assignment. Provide one (1) example that depicts one (1) of these two (2) uses for a repatriate agreement.

 

week 8 discussion 1 – International Compensation

Please respond to the following:

  • From the e-Activity, compare ADP’s global payroll services with those of at least one (1) other company that offers the same or similar services. Select the company that you believe offers the better global payroll service. Provide a rationale for your selection.
  • Determine two (2) possible legal implications for a company in regard to employee benefits overall. Suggest two (2) actions that a company should take in order to address these legal implications. Justify your response.

Week 8 Discussion 2 – Differentiating between Parent-Country Nationals (PCNs) and Third Country Nationals (TCNs)

Please respond to the following:

  • Examine the two (2) main approaches to international compensation, and determine the advantages and disadvantages of each. Determine the differences in compensation for PCNs and TCNs, and discuss specific reasons why these differences might matter.
  • Analyze local plus compensation, and determine two (2) major challenges that multinational enterprises (MNEs) face when using this approach. Propose two (2) resolutions to these challenges. Justify your response.

 

Week 9 discussion 1 Trade Unions and Multinational Companies

Please respond to the following:

  • Examine one (1) of the constraints that trade unions have placed on multinational companies. Propose two (2) possible actions that multinational companies can take in order to address the constraint in question. Justify your response.
  • *From the e-Activity, examine the benefits and drawbacks of trade unions for employees. Provide your opinion on the major effects that MNEs have had on trade unions. Provide a rationale for your response.

Week 9 Discussion 2 – Corporate Codes of Conduct

Please respond to the following:

  • From the case study, examine the goals of Degussa’s Global Code of Conduct. Recommend two (2) actions that the HR department can take in order to ensure that employees understand and follow the company’s Global Code of Conduct. Provide a rationale for your response.
  • Analyze two (2) emerging issues for HRM in offshoring countries. Suggest two (2) solutions to these emerging issues. Justify your response.

Week 10 Discussion 1 –  HRM Problems and Expatriate Assignments

Please respond to the following:

  • Determine two (2) HRM problems that typically arise with expatriate assignments. Propose two (2) precautionary steps that HR can take in order to avoid encountering these problems. Support your response with examples of such precautionary steps in action.
  • Examine the concepts of core ethical values and guidelines in HRM. Suggest two (2) ways that these concepts may be applied to HRM problems that occur during expatriate assignments. Provide support with examples of the application of these concepts to HRM problems that occur during expatriate assignments.

Week 10 Discussion 2 – Multinational Companies and the Risk of Terrorism

Please respond to the following:

  • Recommend two (2) actions that multinational enterprises can take to reduce risks related to terrorism. Suggest what HRM’s role might be in reducing these risks. Justify your response.
  • Determine one (1) set of corporate risk-assessment categories that would be a starting point for a multinational enterprise as it relates to audits, emergencies, and disaster preparedness. Analyze the importance of a company having a disaster recovery plan. Support your analysis with one (1) example of a company that did or did not have a disaster recovery plan.

 

Week 11 discussion 1 –  Interest in Subject

Please respond to the following:

  • Identify two areas of staffing that you found the most interesting and explain why you found them interesting.
    Select the one topic or concept in the course that you found most difficult to grasp and explain why.

Week 11 discussion 2 – Valuable Takeaways

Please respond to the following:

  • Identify three concepts you found to be most beneficial in this course and how you foresee using them in your professional life.
  • Summarize this course in 140 characters or less, like something you could post on Twitter.
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