SMR Vol 33 No 2, 2011

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 SMR Vol 33 No 2, 2011

Exploring The Effect of Business Strategy on Human Resource Outsourcing

Hasliza Abdul-Halim, PhD and Norbani Che-Ha, PhD

​HR outsourcing is expanding in the area of business services and management. However, the main factors that trigger the decision to outsource remain elusive. The purpose of this study is to empirically examine the extent to which different types of business strategy influence the level of outsourcing the HR functions such as training, recruitment, payroll and HR information system. The examination was conducted via a survey on 113 manufacturing organisations in Malaysia and the results indicate that only organisation that espoused proactive strategy is significantly related to the degree of outsourcing payroll and training activities. Reactive strategy was found to be significantly related to lower degree of outsourcing recruitment activities. While, there is no significant effect of quality-based and reactive strategy on HR outsourcing.

Viewpoints and Commentaries

Developing Global-Minded Leadership—A Swedish Perspective

Dr Cheryl Marie Cordeiro-Nilsson, PhD, MSC, MA

Effective Leadership─Making Employees Stick

Rob Yeung

Working as a business psychologist, my mission is to help leaders and their teams to become more effective—both professionally and personally. One of the questions I get asked the most is: “What’s the secret to retaining your staff?”

Challenges of Global Cross-Cultural Leadership—An Interview with Ms Gudrun BjØrnØ

Sadie-Jane Nunis—An Interview with Ms Gudrun BjØrnØ

​SMR interviewed Ms Gudrun Bjørnø, who is currently based in Spain but conducts training internationally. A consultant with more than 15 years experience in the senior management field, she is also an expert in the field of people development, cross-cultural management and leadership. We asked for her opinions pertaining to cross-cultural management and leadership and got some interesting views.

Chief Marketing Officer—New Boardroom Role

Martin Roll

The Chief Marketing Officer, CMO, has become one of the more commonly talked about corporate designations in recent years. Given the tremendous marketing potential offered by the new media and proliferation of distribution channels, companies have begun to realise the huge potential of marketing in guiding corporate level strategies and substantially contributing to the financial bottom line.