Global connections in HR: An enlightening trek to South Africa (Guest commentary)

Highlights from the IPMA-HR International Symposium on public HR management
By Karen Pettit
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/10/2007

When I looked at the sign post that showed there were 3,000 kilometres to the South Pole and 19,000 kilometres to Vancouver, I knew I was a long way from home.

I was in Cape Town, South Africa, attending the 32nd International Personnel Management Association — HR’s (IPMA-HR) International Symposium on Public HR Management in April. I trekked to the southern tip of Africa and met up with 55 delegates from around the globe. To top things off, a joint conference with the Public Service Commission of South Africa followed with 300 delegates — most of them from African countries. The learning at the symposium was nothing short of exceptional. Some common themes emerged.

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