Business of people behind Great Wall (Guest Commentary)

Canadian HR delegation takes peek at China’s evolving HR practices
By Diane Wiesenthal
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/04/2009

In October and November last year, a team of Canadian HR professionals visited China through the People to People Ambassadors program — a program established in 1956 under the leadership of former United States president Dwight Eisenhower.

It marked the first time Canadian HR professionals had participated in the program and the delegation included senior HR practitioners from across the country. The group travelled to Hong Kong, Beijing, Guilin and Shanghai where we had the opportunity to examine population demographics, organizational development, recruitment and retention, the impact of supply and demand demographics on business, total compensation structures, cost of living and standard of living, learning and development infrastructures, the impact of geographic location and the supply of a skilled workforce in China — and the overall relevance to Canada.

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