Apple Inc. is an American international corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, personal computers and computer software. Apple has a globally recognised logo known as the “bitten apple”. In an international work space setting the employers in the organisation may reflect their own culture and experience backgrounds this shows the importance and effectiveness of human resources management in an international company. “The functions of an HR professional should focus on the company’s greatest resource of all – its employees. Without good employees, the best business plan and ideas will fail.” (http://blogs.payscale.com) This assignment will show how Apple uses the human resource department on an international basis. Human resources (HR) are the backbone of an organisation (Gerhart & Milkovich 1990, Pfeffer 1998) Apple is an organisational that operates 357 companies in ten countries and has recently been the largest publicly traded company in the world by market capitalization so they require a suitably advanced human resource strategy. As of September 2010[update], Apple had 46,600 full time employees and 2,800 temporary full time employees worldwide. In the 1990’s the computer industry became more competitive so the executives at Apple concluded that the company needed to focus on volume and employ a strategy to increase marketshare in the face of price wars. HR saw this as an opportunity to lead and transform itself in advance of the shift in business model. HR provided a key role in providing strong leadership. They also did a good job of managing the growth of employee expense while maintaining an aligned and committed workforce. The HR functions mission is to contribute to the company’s success by having a world class working environment that attracts and keeps excellent people, motivates there alignment and commitment and go beyond their expectations. The head of Apple Corporation Human Resource Department, Andrew...
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