HRM420: WEEK 2 Case Study: Successful Management Requires International Experience

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Training and Development


Case Study

The Week 2 Case Study is about training methods and best practices in the context of international business and is based on the case below. Read the case and respond to the analysis prompts listed at the end of the case.

Case: Successful Management Requires International Experience

As companies become more global, economic patterns and business practices in one area of the world can determine the success of a company on the other side of the world. At Procter & Gamble (P&G), being a successful global leader requires an international background. A majority of P&G’s 140,000 employees work outside the United States. P&G uses international assignments for employees to learn how business is conducted in another country so that lessons learned there can be applied at home or in another region. Only a quarter of employee relocations originate in the United States; the majority are from place to place across the world outside the United States.

An important goal of employees who receive international assignments is to develop local talent to replace themselves. For example, a manager who is being prepared to take over a top finance position in Russia might go to Britain to gain experience working in a more structured and complex market. P&G managers in Europe must learn to keep the company’s products on big-box store shelves such as Carrefour, the European supermarket and discount chain and one of the largest retailers in the world. P&G might send junior U.S. managers to work with European managers who are responsible for products at Carrefour, expecting that they will transfer skills learned in these assignments to dealing with product placement in big-box retailers such as Walmart and Costco.

P&G also partners with UNICEF to offer P&G employees in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa the opportunity to take a 3-month sabbatical to work with UNICEF. The program is aimed at employees who have always wanted to undertake humanitarian work but have not had the chance before. UNICEF benefits from the diverse backgrounds of P&G employees as they apply communications, promotion, leadership training, and supply chain management skills.

Analysis Prompts

  • What steps should P&G take to prepare employees for international assignments to help them succeed? Use specific examples in your response.
  • Should P&G also include spouses and family members in preparation for international assignments? Include in your response yes or no and why or why not.

Formatting Guidelines

Successful submissions will be between two to three pages in length, not including cover and reference pages.

All submissions must be as Microsoft Word documents formatted in accordance with APA guidelines.

All drafts must include a cover page and references page.

All sources must be referenced both with in-text citations and on your References page.

You must gather information from at least three authoritative sources, one of which may be your textbook.

You are encouraged to contact a DeVry librarian (Links to an external site.) early in the course for guidance on research, writing, and APA formatting.


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