Business – Transitioning the HR Functions


This assignment relates to the following Course Learning Requirements:

  1. Analyze the importance of business research and outline the business research process
    1. compare and contrast different methods of conducting research
    2. communicate the need for business research
    3. select the most effective and appropriate methods of conducting business research
  2. Conduct exploratory, survey and experimental research
    1. compare the research techniques of focus groups, interactive media, online, projective, and

in-depth interviews

    1. build and execute effective surveys
    2. list the ethical issues related to business research
  1. Compare and contrast methods of analyzing data
  1. explain the concepts of measures of association and prediction
  2. Produce business reports
  1. summarize and present research findings to a variety of readers
  2. present information in various formats including detailed reports, presentations, graphs and


Objective of this Assignment: 

To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of building a research plan to answer a specific human resources question.

Background Information: 

You are the HR Specialist at Glass Electronics, a global leader in the technology industry. Glass Electronics has three locations: Ottawa, Ontario; Austin, Texas; and Venlo, Netherlands. The company has recently made the strategic decision to centralize their Human Resources operations to Ottawa, Ontario under a new global operations business model. Previously, each location had its own Human Resources department that operated autonomously. The HR Director has tasked you as the Project Manager, overseeing all aspects of this change.

Company Profile 

Additional Information about Glass Electronics:

  • ●  Approximately 4000 employees globally
    • ●  2,500 Employees Ottawa, Ontario
    • ●  1,000 Employees Austin, Texas
    • ●  500 Employees Venlo, Netherlands
  • ●  All Human Resource Processes are done either by paper, in person and via email
  • ●  All Employees are paid in Canadian Dollars (for simplicity of the assignment)
  • ●  Glass Electronics is a non-unionized company that prides itself on staying above market and industry standards
  • ●  Employees demographics are as follows:
    • ●  40% female
    • ●  60% male
    • ●  35% Ages 23-34
    • ●  40% Ages 35-54
    • ●  25% Ages 55+
    • ●  Average income $65,000
  • ●  The majority of employees are from the following professions
    • ●  Software Engineers
    • ●  Project Managers
    • ●  Accountants
    • ●  Sales Professionals

Assignment Information: 

The decision has been made to make the changes over the next fiscal year to ensure the transition is completed properly. In each fiscal quarter, you will have a new area to transition over to Ottawa’s Human Resources department who will manage the area for Glass Electronics globally. Each of these areas is of equal importance to Glass Electronics.

Area to be transitioned  Research Question 
Recruitment & Selection What attracts and retains employees?
Compensation How does the company compensation package compare to the market?
Benefits Management Does the benefits package meet the needs of our employees and does it keep up with current market trends?

Part 1:
Select one of the 3 areas above to focus on.

Create a research plan that will answer the research question tied to your area of focus. Note that you are not actually conducting the research, but building a plan that outlines the steps.

Refer to the marking rubric to better understand how to get full marks.
The background information on Glass is essential to building a plan that suits the context of the company.

Your report should be a maximum of 10 pages double spaced. Organize your report as a proposal to your HR Director. Include the following:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Problem Definition & Research Objectives
  3. Proposed Research Process & Methodology
  4. Proposed Sample Population and Plan
  5. Proposed Example / Draft Materials
  6. Summary and Recommendations

Part 2:
You must cite all your sources of information using APA formatting.


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