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Articles by Jessica Marquez

Engine of Change

July 24, 2006
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Innovative plant practices at the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance serve as an example of how U.S. automakers may be able to better stand up to stiff global competitiion.
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Outsourcing Of Recruitment On Rise At Big Firms

July 21, 2006
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Forty-one percent of large companies with HRO contracts are outsourcing some of their recruiting, according to a recent study by Towers Perrin.
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Ford's recovery includes long-term HR investment in short-term business unit

July 18, 2006
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In preparing to sell its parts plants, the automaker bolsters training, incentives and communications to retain workers, attract buyers and make the operations better future business partners.
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Accenture May Make Move Into Global Benefits

June 30, 2006
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What surprised experts about the size and scope of Accenture's outsourcing deal with Unilever was that it didn't include benefits administration.
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Talent Getting its Due Diligence Before Deals

June 30, 2006
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Private equity firms and investment banks are realizing that given the high stakes involved, they need to assess an organization's people just as they do its financials before entering into a merger or acquisition.
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Many Businesses, but One Mission

June 16, 2006
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It was Jeremy Farmer's job to bring Aon's fragmented insurance and consulting operations under a unified culture. With 47,000 employees in 500 offices throughout the world, the insurance and consulting company was completely decentralized. But when regulators came knocking, both the company and its HR chief realized that the new culture needed a singular goal: putting customers first.
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As Midmarket HR BPO Business Heats Up, Providers Could Be in for Surprises

June 9, 2006
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Piecemeal adoption favored by midsized firms, as well as the wide disparity of their outsourcing needs, means a one-size-fits-all approach may not work for vendors.
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Putnam Surveys Open Employee Dialogue

May 30, 2006
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An online survey found that employees who didn’t directly interact with the CEO didn’t feel there was the open culture that the chief executive was trying to create.
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Rebalancing Putnam

May 30, 2006
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In the wake of scandal, Putnam Investments realized that its rigid structure and hyper-competitive environment might have been partly to blame for bad behavior. Now the company hopes a more relaxed culture and less focus on short-term results will help restore its reputation with clients and potential employees.
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Virtual Work Spaces Ease Collaboration, Debate Among Scattered Employees

May 25, 2006
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The technology, in which workers enter shared “rooms” to discuss and complete projects, can help organizations make the most of their intellectual capital; but some may balk at the new way of working.
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