August 2013

Thinking Win-Win: Boosting Profitability Through Gender-Balanced Flex-Time

August 30, 2013

Abstract   Setting working mothers free from the gridlock of inflexible “all-or-nothing” workplaces[1]  can unleash the tremendous potential of female leadership qualities and create win-win[2]  situations for both employers and employees. When human resources managers create such win-win situations, they can boost efficiency, productivity, profitability, and ultimately increase their company’s bottom line. The key to […]

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Leverage HR to Strategically Transition from Reluctant Compliance to Proactive Ethics

August 20, 2013

  In November 2012, a fire broke out in a Bangladeshi clothing factory, killing 112 workers and injuring 200. It soon became apparent that the deaths were caused by the lack of proper evacuation routes, and the factory’s main client, Wal-Mart, was widely criticized for discouraging safety improvements in suppliers’ plants in order to keep […]

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Where’s the Remote? Face Time, Remote Work, and Implications for Performance Mangement (2013 Annual Essay Competition: 2nd Place)

August 18, 2013

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s ban on telecommuting and the subsequent uproar over that decision highlights the need for a deeper understanding of the impact of remote work.  Although it would prove comforting to assert that the peer-reviewed findings of the social and managerial sciences are in accord as to the benefits of telework in the […]

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HR as a Strategic Partner in Redefining and Reexamining Supply Chain Labor Standards (2013 Annual Essay Competition: 3rd Place)

August 16, 2013

In today’s global marketplace, organizations no longer operate with linear supply chains or manufacturing models. The issue of global labor standards has been a debated topic since the 1990’s and industry supply chains continue to provoke discussions around labor standards and improving worker conditions[i]. Nike presents the classic example of an organization that exploited its […]

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