Investigates a network launch and the publication of a research report in the human resource field by the Work in America Institute, a workplace research organization. Proposes that these may provide indicators for other countries. States the objectives of the network, which were to: investigate productivity and the quality of working life; improve understanding of culture, values, political systems and workforce practices; correct countries′ misconceptions of one another; and improve human resource policy and practice in countries on a shared basis. The research report analyses the changing roles of human resource units, the work‐force, unions and operations management. Concludes that all these areas need attention to enable companies and unions to initiate and sustain strategies. Indicates that present attitudes and practices may have to change in order for strategies to be effective.
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