My role as Human Resources Generalist for EMEA incorporates recruitment for the region as well as providing a fully supportive Human Resource/personnel function. There is a great need for effective Information Management within a business environment.
These three challenges are interdependent, and in each area senior management vision, and policy and education are critical resources. They are especially critical once IT is recognized as a strategic resource. This paper focuses on the third issue: building the skill base needed in repositioning the IS organization (Parsons G. L. ,2003). It provides specific recommendations for action: 1. Bring together the generally disparate units handling systems development and voice and data communications.
The fundamental challenge facing Ford in Europe is to carve out a viable, profitable business in the changed conditions of the late eighties and nineties. This has been achieved with vehicles built in Japan and imported into The more immediate threat is from Nissan's manufacturing facilities at Washington, England, now coming on stream. This will give Nissan the status of a European manufacturer with a significant cost advantage over local manufacturers.
2. Quality of share, that is, improving margins by more cost-efficient products while maintaining market share.
3. Improved productivity, by reducing fixed costs in all areas of the business.
4. Investment in human resource management by encouraging increased employee involvement and instituting major retraining programmes as our numbers of personnel decrease and the skill requirements increase.
5. Joint Ventures, pursuing profitable business opportunities with other automobile manufacturers.
All these strategies are focused on the cost side of the equation. They are all rooted in 1985 actual performance, a profitable year which gives us confidence in the strategic direction we are pursuing.
The objectives of the fieldwork were to identify:
1. what if any competitive advantage had been achieved through the provision to Travel Agents of links into Tour Operator reservation systems,
2. who had achieved such competitive advantage, and
3. what factors had enabled any competitive a