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    Ford Motor Company challenges

    Utilizing Ford Motor Company and using your professional experience identify five major HR challenges either currently facing the industry or projected for the near future. Once these challenges are identified, answer each of the following:

    a. Explain why each challenge is important to organizations in this industry.

    b. Evaluate the implications of changing workforce demographics for your chosen industry, including any impact they may have on the five HR challenges you identified.

    c. Evaluate the utilization of the contingent workforce in your chosen industry, including any impact it may have on the five HR challenges you identified.

    d. Evaluate the impact of outsourcing on organizations within your chosen industry, including any impact it may have on the five HR challenges you identified.

    e. Evaluate the strategic significance of the HR function to the effectiveness of organizations within your chosen industry.

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    Ford Today

    Today, Ford Motor Company manufactures automobiles under the highly-recognized Lincoln and Mercury brand names. In 1958, Ford introduced a new marquee, the Edsel, but poor sales lead to its discontinuation in 1960. Later, in 1986, the Mercury brand was released, but met a similar fate in 1988.

    Ford has major manufacturing operations in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and several other countries, including South Africa, where following divestment during apartheid, it once again has a wholly-owned subsidiary. It also has a joint venture with Mahindra in India.

    Ford also has a cooperative agreement with GAZ. In recent years Ford has acquired Aston Martin, Jaguar, Volvo Cars and Land Rover, as well as a controlling share of Mazda, with which it operates an American joint venture plant called Auto Alliance. It has spun off its parts division under the name Visteon. Its prestige brands, with the exception of Lincoln, are managed through its Premier Automotive Group.

    Ford's non-manufacturing operations include organizations in the financial services (Ford Credit) and ...

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