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    Modern Business, Conditions, Dilemas, and Opportunities

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    Part 1:
    * Respond to the following questions, as you answer Question 1, specify what type of HRM framework you suspect is being used at Google, and support your answer with evidence.

    1. What has Google been doing that demonstrates the value of managing human resources
    effectively? Why do employees stay with Google?
    3. Give some examples to illustrate the possible consequences that occur when the daily HR
    practices of managers are inconsistent with the organization's formal HR policies.
    4. Which member of the HR Triad has the most responsibility for ensuring that organizations
    effectively manage their human resources? Explain your answer.
    5. Why are the themes of managing teams, managing the multicultural workforce, managing
    globalization, managing ethics and CSR, and managing with metrics so important today?
    Which of these challenges is likely to increase in importance over the next decade? Why?

    Part 2:

    * Respond to "Questions for Discussion and Reflective Thinking" numbers 1-5 below
    * Add anything additional that may reflect on the material.

    1. Economic globalization has many implications for business. It also has implications for
    employees. From your perspective, what are the three most significant implications of
    economic globalization for employees of U.S. companies?
    2. Think about the most recent technological developments. What are the likely implications
    of these developments for employers during the next 10 years? For employees?
    3. Some people argue that organizations can develop their own strong company culture
    and that doing so will make differences in country cultures irrelevant to effectively managing
    human resources. Do you agree? Explain your opinion.
    4. Describe how a powerful and clear statement of an organization's vision, mission, and values
    can be helpful to employees of the organization.
    5. Imagine that you work at a local department store in a midlevel management position.
    You learn that your company is being acquired by Wal-Mart. The rationale given for the
    sale of your company to Wal-Mart is "to exploit many synergies and lower our costs. The
    merger is about becoming more efficient; this is the way of the future for the retail industry."
    Assume this statement is true, and describe three significant HR issues that you will
    likely face after your company is acquired.

    Part 3:
    * Respond in writing to "Questions for Discussion and Reflective Thinking" numbers 1-4 and 6 below.
    * Write an additional page reflecting on how your perspective of fair treatment in the workplace has evolved in response to this week's reading.

    1. Describe an incident when you felt that you (or someone you know) were treated unfairly.
    Did the incident occur due to a lack of procedural, distributive, and/or interactional
    2. Describe some of the key federal regulatory agencies as well as the employment laws and
    regulations that they administer and enforce.
    3. Some people feel there are simply too many laws and regulations governing how companies
    may manage their employees. These people believe everyone would be better off
    if we let the free market work without so much government interference. Other people
    believe that employees are not sufficiently protected against unfair treatment by employers.
    They believe employers would treat employees poorly if our laws didn't forbid them
    from doing so. Which position do you agree with more? Explain why.
    4. Suppose a coworker harassed you. Would you prefer to resolve it using mediation, arbitration,
    or the court system? Would your answer change if the harasser were your boss? Why,
    or why not?
    6. Technology is making it possible to more closely monitor the behavior of employees. What
    are the pros and cons of allowing employers to use electronic devices to collect information
    about their employees' behaviors, at work, while on business trips, and at home?

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    Part I

    1. They stay because the company has thorough hiring practices and they seem to live by their mantras that profits can be made without evil and work can be both fun and challenging at the same time.

    3. Favoritism, miscommunication, lawsuits, non-cohesiveness between departments and employees, management.

    4. The HR manager is because he or she is responsible for ensuring all policies are published, distributed and followed. While his/her subordinates may be responsible for some specific implementations and over sights, the ultimate responsibility lies with this manager, that's their job.

    5. They are of importance because to stay competitive companies rely on multi-skilled workers with good communication skills, comprehending multiple cultures is important not just from a PR perspective, but because of the reality of the changing workforce ( as well as laws). Having a global perspective allows one to stay competitive in this ever changing world. Plus, there are good chances of intercontinental commerce and communications as well ad expansions. Managing ethics and CSR not only prevents law suits, but also helps with public image (which corporate America definitely needs). Metrics are needed for true measuring of goal accomplishment and evaluation/ analysis.

    Part II

    1. Possible job loss, more work and responsibilities (combining of jobs).

    2. More productivity, more employee surveillance, more ability to view the competition and consumers. For the employee more ...

    Solution Summary

    A in depth and thoughtful analysis of a multi-part question ( 3 sections with 5 parts each) about problems, realities and solutions about the modern American corporation are presented here by an expert with both the
    education and real world experiences to make them both academically and experience based.