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You work in the HR Department in a large, global enterprise. The HR organization is centralized, with the compensation/benefits, HRD, labor relations, and HRIS functions all located in the
corporate HQ. There is also a corporate staffing department at the corporate HQ, and there are
small, regional HR offices located at each 5 regional locations that handle staffing and limited
benefits services. The locations of the 5 regional offices are: US – Midwest, US – South, US –
Northeast, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe.
You have set up and will lead a team to implement a new HRIS system that centralizes the
personnel records for the first time, and makes all HR information accessible to all HR reps via
the internet. Previously all records were kept in the corporate office and regional reps kept their
own, limited files. This new system is scheduled to be “live” in 6 months.
At the two-day kickoff meeting to launch this project team, the purpose of the team was clarified,
and specific goals and interim target dates were quickly established.
Here’s some information on the team members:
US – Midwest: Harry Starker: Director of HR for one of the Midwest plants, 20 year veteran with
the company, has seen it all, understands the history, was with the company prior to the
acquisition of the European operations, is tolerated by peers and perhaps respected, but
probably not liked.
US – South: Tanisha Downey: Been with the company for 5 years, previously was VP of HR for a
larger organization, currently Director of HR for the Southern operations, probably being
groomed for a higher position. Not well known throughout the organization, but presents a
generally favorable impression.
US – Northeast: Rachel Cohen: Been with the company for 15 years, known as the gal to see if