Strategy & Leadership

Growing pains: The HR challenges of international expansion

February 24, 2020


February 24, 2020


Growing pains: The HR challenges of international expansion, sponsored by ADP, examines the HR-related challenges of managing a growing international workforce and the executive leadership skills, technologies and strategies that are important for overcoming them.

Key findings from the study, which draws on a global survey of 1,000 HR executives in internationally expanding companies, include the following: 

  • International expansion is poised to accelerate.

  • Technology and data analytics have greatly helped companies to expand their global functions

  • The most widely felt HR challenges to international expansion are recruitment and compliance.

  • Large companies are more likely to expand through mergers and acquisitions, and encounter cultural challenges as they do so. 

  • International expansion is an opportunity to make a strategic contribution

The EIU would like to thank the following interviewees, whose insights are incorporated into the report. 

  • Alexandra Badenoch, group executive, transformation and people, Telstra (Australia)

  • Jérémy Roffe-Vidal, CHRO, IDEMIA (France)

  • Lisette Sens, director of channel, Aryaka Networks (US)

  • José Angel Marra Rodriguez, HR director, Iberdrola (Spain)

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