Critical Thinking Essay: Decision-Making And HR Selection

The topic as below:

For this assignment, you will apply decision-making to the process of  international human resource management as you determine which of the  four final applicants to hire into a global executive position.

You are a member of the management committee  of a MNE that conducts business in 23 countries. While your company’s  headquarters is located in the Netherlands, your regional offices are  located fairly evenly throughout the four hemispheres. Primary markets  have been in the European Union and North America; the strongest  emerging market is the Pacific Rim. Company executives would like to  develop what they see as a powerful potential market in the Middle East.  Sales in all areas except the Pacific Rim have shown slow growth over  the past two years.

At present, your company is seeking to  restructure and revitalize its worldwide marketing efforts. To  accomplish this, you have determined that you need to hire a key  marketing person to introduce fresh ideas and a new perspective. There  is no one currently in your company who is qualified to do this, and so  you have decided to look outside.

The job title is “Vice President for Global  Marketing”; an annual salary of $250,000-$300,000, plus elaborate  benefits, an unlimited expense account, a car, and the use of the  corporate jet. The person you hire will be based at the company’s  headquarters in the Netherlands and will travel frequently.

A lengthy search has turned up four people  with good potential. It is now up to you to decide whom to hire.  Although all the applicants have expressed a sincere interest in the  position, it is possible that they may change their minds once the job  is offered. Therefore, you must rank them in order of preference so that  if your first choice declines the position, you can go on to the  second, and so on.

First, read the biographies of each applicant. As you are doing  this, rank each of them from 1 to 4, with 1 being your first choice, and  explain your reasons for their ranking.

For your essay this week, respond to the following questions using the decisions you have made with your rankings.

  1. The first section of your paper should be an overview of your rankings and reasons for your decisions.
  2. Did your decision include any culturally  based biases you may have—for example, feelings, personality traits, or  politics in your rankings?
  3. Did you make any observations that you feel  would have been fully acceptable in your own culture, but were not  accepted in other cultures? If so, explain.
  4. What implications do you believe any of the  applicant’s cultural differences would have in business dealings? In  what countries or cultures?
  5. What expatriate adjustments for the candidate need to be considered? How will the company handle these?
  6. Explain the decision-making process you used to make your decisions.

Park L.

Park L. is currently senior vice president for  marketing at a major South Korean high-technology firm. You have been  told by the head of your Seoul office that his reputation as an expert  in international marketing is outstanding. The market share of his  company’s products has consistently increased since he joined the  company just over 15 years ago. His company’s market share is now well  ahead of that of competing producers in the Pacific Rim.

Park graduated from the University of Seoul  and has worked his way up through the ranks. He does not have a graduate  degree. In addition to his native tongue, Park is able to carry on a  reasonably fluent conversation in English and has a minimal working  knowledge of German and French.

Saya K.

Saya K. is a woman living in Malaysia. She  began her teaching career while finishing her DBA (Doctorate in Business  Administration) at the Harvard Business School and published her first  book on international marketing ten months after graduation. Her  doctoral dissertation was based on the international marketing of  pharmaceuticals, but she has also done research and published on other  areas of international marketing.

Two months after the publication of her book,  Saya went to work in the international marketing department of a Fortune  500 company, where she stayed for the next ten years. She returned to  teaching when Maura University offered her a full professorship with  tenure, and she has been there since that time. In addition, she has an  active consulting practice throughout Southeast Asia. In addition to  fluency in Malay, English, and Japanese, Saya speaks and writes German  and Spanish and can converse in Mandarin.

Peter V.

Peter had worked in a key position in the  international marketing division of a US Fortune 100 company until the  company pulled out of his country South Africa eight months ago. Peter  has a long list of accomplishments and is widely recognized as  outstanding in his field.

Peter has a PhD in computer science from a  leading South African university and an MBA from Purdue’s Krannert  School of Business.

Peter speaks and reads English, Dutch, Afrikaans, and Swahili and can converse in German.

Joe P.

Joe is currently job hunting. His former job  as head of marketing for a single-product, high-technology firm—highly  specialized workstations for sophisticated artificial intelligence  applications—ended when the company was bought out by Texas Instruments.

Joe has both his undergraduate and MBA degrees  from Stanford University. In addition, he was a Rhodes Scholar and won a  Fulbright scholarship, which he used to support himself while he  undertook a two-year research project on the marketing of  high-technology equipment to Third World countries. In addition to his  native English, Joe has a minimal command of French—which he admits he  hasn’t used since his college days.

  • Directions:
  • – Write an essay that  includes an introduction paragraph, the essay’s    body, and a  conclusion paragraph to address the assignment’s    guide questions.
  • – Do not address the questions using a   question-and-answer format.
  • –  Charts/diagrams should be labeled and can be added within the body of your paper.
  •  – APA style should be used
  • – Font will be: Times roman 12, and double space should be between  lines
  • -At least 3-4 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles will be  used as references (including the below two).