Development of Multinational Personnel Selection

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DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTINATIONAL PERSONNEL SELECTION SYSTEM

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Over the past few weeks numerous meetings had been held, yet no significant progress had been made. One reason could be attributed to the fact that there was obvious heterogeneity between the German and Asian team members’ opinions regarding the new personnel selection system. This created an ambiance that was tense and dissent with respect to sharing the workload. For today’s meeting, the goal was to come to a consensus on several important issues: (1) what individual modules the new personnel selection system should contain, (2) whether country-specific adaptations were necessary and feasible for each module, and (3) the implementation process of the new personnel instrument at each APAC location. The APAC-situated plants were the company’s top-selling ones; therefore, any wrong decisions with respect to HR (e.g. personnel selection) were extremely cost-

Licensed to the University of Regina for use by Professor Sandra Steen in the course “MBA/GBUS 843 Strategic HR Management," from 01/07/13 to 04/30/13.

When Koch first heard about the above changes, it immediately occurred to him that this would not be easy. He knew that personnel selection procedures currently varied significantly between countries. He also knew that the existing selection instruments were by no means flawless in any specific country. After the application documents were analyzed,
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