The Impact of Globalization on IBM, South Africa

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IBM South Africa Globalization has become an omnipresent buzz word over the last decade. As a result of globalization, multi-national corporations (MNCs) are attempting to inject homogenization throughout international processes to streamline business. Increasing numbers of companies are expanding internationally and they have to reconcile business practices in some fashion; especially in Africa. Many international subsidiaries operate with business practices that are tailored to suit that particular market. In many cases companies are force to adopt different operating practices internationally and therefore it difficult to reconcile processes. However, IBM has been able to maintain its culture successfully in the African market. In fact, IBM has become one of the best employers in this region without having to make many sacrifices to its culture (IBM South Africa, 2012). Generally, international markets have to adapt their own individual HRM styles to the foreign culture as opposed to spreading their own. However, the domestic practices are more efficient in regards to the design of the system which better suit the parent company's operational objectives. Such efficiencies can be increased through technological developments, such as the implementation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. However, other procedures, such as staffing and human resources training programs can also profit from standardization through the use of the global set of best practices.
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