Global Workforce: Creating a Global Mindset.

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Achieving a balance between the time devoted to family and to work is difficult for anyone. But if that needs to be done in a foreign country, the task is even harder.

As the Richard C. Notebaert Distinguished Chair of International Business and Global Studies, Dr. Margaret Shaffer has undertaken research that focuses on understanding cross-cultural experiences, especially in the areas of expatriate adjustment and performance and life balance. She teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lubar School of Business.

In the video she states that both corporate expatriates and self-expatriates have found it easier to work globally; the barriers to work in different countries are less now than ever before. In her opinion, workers simply need to create a global mindset as well as global knowledge and expertise. According to Shaffer, these skills will allow employees to operate easily with a broad range of customers and suppliers from across the world.

The Center for the Study of the Workplace shares some of Dr. Shaffer’s research findings.  A model of expatriation and family performance can be retrieved by clicking here, while the influence of expatriation on career advancement can be found by clicking here.

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Dynamic Human Resource Management.

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Dr. Margaret Shaffer, Richard C. Notebaert Distinguished Chair of International Business and Global Studies at UW-Milwaukee, explains how the traditional role of human resource managers is evolving from personnel administration to a more integrated, strategic partnership position. This new focus requires a diverse skill set. HR managers, if they are to communicate and partner with all facets of an organization, must be familiar with accounting, management, sales or any other department.

Dr. Shaffer also stresses the importance of hiring candidates that can adapt to meet the needs of the organization after a particular problem has been solved. Human resource personnel should seek prospective employees – across the organization – that are flexible enough to change and grow with the organization.

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Global Virtual Work Teams – Taking Advantage of Diversity

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Dr. Margaret Shaffer, Richard C. Notebaert Dist. Chair of Int’l Bus. & Global Studies, comments on the advantages and disadvantages of a culturally diverse virtual team than can creatively engage a variety of markets.

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