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Final Project 1 FINAL PROJECT Final Project Katrina Manning Kaplan University MT203: Human Resources Management Nicole Harris February 09,2009
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Final Project 2 Case Study 2: Florida Company Fastens It’s Sights on Global Growth Robert Kilbey began the company Professional Product, Inc. in the 1960’s. He started by selling medical supplies out of his 24ft Airstream Trailer. Instead of making braces and wraps with laces and hook –and-eyes he used Velcro. He decided to move the company from Miami to Defuniak Springs Florida. Then it became Walton County’s largest and most stable employer. His son decided to expand the company internationally 42 years later. Bryan Kilbey’s plans were to build a new 100,000 square foot building and open a new sales office for the European market. He also planned to shorten the time it took from order to shipping down to 41/2 hours. Since most orders were made from doctors wanting a specific design the inventory would be kept low. One way Bryan chose to keep cost down was to make the elastic themselves rather than pay an outside source to furnish it. New technology will be used along with equipment to streamline production. He is going to decide further down the road on whether or not the work will be outsourced to other countries such as Mexico or Honduras. Bryan plans to cross-train the current employees to do other jobs so that he doesn’t have to hire or lose any of his other employees. Question 1.1: The 3 elements that could impact Bryan Kilbey’s decisions are Globalization, Technology, and Proactive Change. Globalization’s definition is “The trend toward opening up foreign markets to international trade and investment. “While estimates vary widely, approximately 70–85 percent of the U.S. economy today is affected by international competition. For all of the opportunities afforded by international business, when managers talk about “going global,” they have to balance a complicated set of issues related to different geographies, cultures, employment laws, and business practices.”(Human Resources Management in Perspective p. 6) Technology is the second element that will effect his decision to go international. Bryan must keep up with all the technology that the country he chooses to
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Final Project 3 expand Professional Products Inc in. The final element that is going to help him is something in the reading called knowledge workers. The definition is “Workers whose responsibilities extend beyond the physical execution of work to include planning, decision making, and problem solving objective”. Question 1.2: Other HR strategies in addition to training employees for other jobs, the firm might
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