Essays on International Human Resource Management - Datawind Company Case Study

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The paper "International Human Resource Management - Datawind Company" is a perfect example of a human resources case study.   Datawind Company is strategizing on sending an employee to India to fill the position of a corporate controller. Datawind Company is based in Montreal Canada but has various operations in India. Conducting cross-cultural training is important to prepare an employee for the challenges that he might experience in India, as a result of cultural differences. The following is a human resource plan that contains information about Datawind Company, its goals, and objectives. The program also provides an analysis of Canada as the parent country, and India as the host country, focusing on their general values, standards of living and their social and economic situations.

The program then gives a detailed description of the job and the components of cross-cultural training that will be needed. Context Business strategy and needs Datawind Company focuses on providing wireless network access products that are accessible and affordable. Datawind’ s products are well known for solving bandwidth limitations of cellular networks (Singh & Roy 2014, p. 117). Its technologies provide breakthroughs by increasing the speed of content delivery by ten to thirty times.

The company was founded in Montreal Canada and is widely known for developing the Aakash tablet computer (Singh & Roy 2014, pp. 117). The computer is regarded as the world’ s cheapest computer and was specially developed for the ministry of human resource development, in India. Some of the products of Datawind Company include the UbiSlate tablet computers, UbiSurfer netbooks, and PocketSurfer smartphones (Bhattacharya, Devi & Foster 2012, p. 24). Datawind's offices are located in the UK, USA, Dallas, Mississauga, London, Canada, New Delhi and Amritsar (Pallakoff 2009, p.

518). In countries such as India, Datawind Company is among the largest suppliers of lowest cost tablet computers. The company has received recognition on various prestigious recognition platforms such as MIT Technology's review of the world's top fifty smartest companies and classroom Revolutionary’ by the Forbes Magazine’ s 2012 Impact 15 List (Bhattacharya, Devi & Foster 2012, p. 24). Datawind Company works with various nonprofit organizations and governments, to help them achieve their goals of improving the quality of education, and bridging the digital divide.

In addition to producing devices, Datawind Company also gets its revenues from advertising, content, and web services. Datawind’ s goals and objectives The human resource plan will adhere to Datawind company’ s goals and objectives which are to bridge the digital divide. The goals and objectives of Datawind Company are based on the fact that in the developing world, billions of people still cannot access the internet (Bhattacharya, Devi & Foster 2012, p. 24). The main objective is to tackle the global digital divide problem, by decreasing education disparity through the use of technology in the less developed companies and bridging the gap between age, gender and income group.

According to Bhattacharya, Devi and Foster (2012, p. 24), Suneet Singh Tuli, stated that Datawind Company's aim was to produce internet-capable devices that cost the same as the typical one week’ s salary in India, which is $50 (Pallakoff 2009, p. 519). Datawind, therefore, seeks to be a part of the solution of lack of internet access to billions of people in developing countries. Producing the Aakash tablet, which was built in union with the government of India, was a solution to Indian students because they could buy it at subsidized prices and access free internet.

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