MHR students travel to Singapore during 2017 spring break
Twenty Moore School Master of Human Resources students traveled to Singapore over spring break. The trip included several cultural visits (mosques, Buddhist temples, harbor cruises to see the historic waterfront, etc.) and visits with senior HR leaders at Willis Towers Watson, GE, ExxonMobil, Standard Chartered Bank, Sonoco and Singapore Airlines. There was also an engagement with a former senior HR manager together with a major influencer in the trade union movement to explore and understand the unique system of tripartite labor relations where government, trade unions and labor unions jointly develop strategies to raise productivity and employment terms and conditions.
Each of the visits presented a different facet of the country and issues. Local operations of major U.S. multinationals, regional headquarters of similar companies, headquarters of locally or regionally based companies with extensive global operations and the regional headquarters of a major consulting enterprise all provided different perspectives on issues such as talent management recruitment, managing labor relationships and performance management. It was a week that challenged previous thinking and opened perspectives on how the companies there face challenges that are unique to the region, tackle issues that are common with other parts of the world but in different ways or present options to common issues in a similar manner to those practiced in the United States.