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Special Issues in International Human Resource Management

This chapter focuses on two special topics: human resource issues associated with gender, and ethics in international management decisions. The issues that relate to gender are paralleled by those that arise because of race, religion, disability, sexual preference, and other such personal characteristics. In many countries, it is illegal to make human resource choices on the basis of these characteristics. In other countries, however, these characteristics are especially important and may be the basis for making human resource decisions. Although the focus here will be gender, similar issues arise if there are racial problems or religious discord, or any other form of nonacceptance or discrimination on the basis of personal characteristics. Decisions associated with gender, race, religion, and so on often involve ethical considerations, as do many other international decisions. This chapter briefly considers the question of ethics in international management decisions.