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International Human Resource Development

A Leadership Perspective, 1st Edition

By Elaine S. Potoker


296 pages | 60 B/W Illus.

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Workforce mobility and cultural diversity within contemporary international organizations pose unique challenges for managers and HR professionals. Overcoming the challenges of developing and training such a workforce requires the ability to bridge diverse working, learning and communication styles.

In contrast with conventional organizational approaches to international HRD, International Human Resource Development: A Leadership Perspective explores workforce development from a personal perspective, challenging practitioners to develop their own leadership, learning and communication skills. As a point of departure, the book uses a demographic analysis of the workforces of a number of key countries in order to examine cultural implications for training and development, and for best practice.

Drawing on a unique anthropological perspective and complete with case studies, exercises and an extensive glossary this text will prove an important resource for students of human resource development, human resource management and international business.


'This timely and original book addresses issues of international complexity and workplace diversity. Relevant materials from a broad range of disciplines, visual presentations, the charts and graphs, the interesting and diverse cases, the classroom- tested exercises, will facilitate both learning and teaching.' Erika Bourguignon, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Ohio State University, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Breaking the Code 2. The Limitations of Language 3. Recognizing the Others are Us: Demographic Trends in Countries around the World 4. Learning: One Size Does Not Fit All 5. Intermezzo: The Changing Face of Management 6. Management’s New Face 7. Building Learning Organizations through Learning Landscapes 8. Best Practices in IHRD 9. Communication Design Issues of the Future 10. The Future of IHRD

About the Author

Elaine S. Potoker is a Professor in the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy, USA. She has extensive experience as a practitioner in international business and cross-cultural management and training. Her research focuses on management across cultures, workforce development, international management, and marketing.

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