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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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In Search of Clarity: Unraveling the Complexities of Executive Decision Making
Decision making is at the core of all business activity, as executives set strategy and manage operations by weighing a vast array of factors to arrive at the

online input of new leads and opportunities  We conducted a wide-ranging online survey in March 2007. In all, 154 executives took part from around the world. To supplement the survey results, we also conducted in-depth interviews with senior executives and independent experts knowledgeable about decision-making at senior management levels. The author of the report was Paul Kielstra and the editor was Denis McCauley. Mike Kenny was responsible for design and layout. Our sincere thanks go to the survey participants for sharing their insights on this

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While HRIS are also commonly referred to as human resource management systems (HRMS) or as human capital management (HCM), for the purpose of this guide, we will refer to the systems that support HR functionality as HRIS throughout. All these systems—in one way or another—encompass core HR functionality.

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State of the HR Marketplace


For many years, HR management has been viewed as the enterprise function responsible for staffing and personnel-related issues, such as recruiting and hiring, establishing employment policies, handling pay and retirement plans, and administering benefits. Today, company executives see the HR function in an entirely different way. From recruiting, hiring, and training new staff, to the transfer of key functions from the back office to the front line, it is evident that executives are looking to transform HR from a seemingly low-priority function into a strategic and vital part of the business.

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