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State of the Market: HR
More than ever, executives are looking to transform human resources (HR) from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic part of the business. This

order of entry market share  support global operations. In order to create a truly global workforce, organizations that operate on an international level must stress the importance of the HR function throughout their global environment'while having the right systems in place to support such a structure. To this end, HR can be invaluable in developing a unified corporate philosophy for attracting and retaining much-needed talent across the globe. Benefits Can Make or Break the Deal As an SMB executive, you may already know the difficu

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