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PHR/SPHR

PHR/SPHR: Professional in Human Resources Certification Study Guide

by Sandra M Reed and Anne M. Bogardus
The Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exams from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) reflect the evolving industry standards for determining competence in the field of HR. Serving as an ideal resource for HR professionals who are seeking to validate their skills and knowledge.
This new edition is must-have preparation for those looking to take the PHR or SPHR certification exams in order to strengthen their resume.
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PHR Study Guide 2017

PHR Study Guide 2017: PHR Certification Test Prep and Practice Questions for the Professional in Human Resources Exam

Think all PHRŪ/SPHRŪ study guides are the same? Think again! With easy to understand lessons and practice test questions designed to maximize your score, you'll be ready.
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Corporate Communication

Corporate Communication: A Guide to Theory and Practice

by Joep P. Cornelissen
  Academically grounded, it covers the key concepts, principles and models within corporate communication by bringing together academic knowledge and insights from the subject areas of management and communication
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Anonymous Whistle-Blowing Allegations Often Ignored

August 1 2010 - Research from the University of New Hampshire published in the Journal of Management Studies found that corporate directors responsible for internal whistle-blowing systems often take no action regarding anonymous allegations, even when they involve grave accounting breaches. However, in the case of otherwise identical non-anonymous allegations, audit committees trend to act promptly with significant resources allocated to the investigation. This study is the first to investigate this issue with practising audit committee members.

The researchers explain that public corporations in the U.S. are required to provide anonymous whistle-blowing channels to their employees. The intention is to increase reporting without fear of retaliation from management, thereby protecting shareholders from the consequences of fraudulent accounting and auditing. This study explores the operation and success of these whistle-blowing channels.

Analysis was based on responses from over eighty audit committee members from U.S. publicly- traded companies asked to assess and respond to whistle-blowing allegations from a variety of sources. Researchers found that anonymous allegations received very different treatment from non-anonymous reports. The former were largely ignored, particularly when the allegation threatened a senior manager's reputation. Researchers conclude that this failure in a potentially important strategy for addressing financial fraud highlights contraindications to directors serving on multiple corporate boards and suggests the need for an independent body to investigate whistle-blowing allegations.

Co-author and associate professor, Jake Rose, Ph.D. commented:

"We found that when an allegation poses a threat to a director's professional reputation, a form of distortion of information occurs. An audit committee has an incentive to not investigate the allegation when it creates a reputation threat, and this causes the committee member to believe the allegation is less credible. Our presumption is that most corporate managers, auditors, and corporate directors are honest and ethical people. However, under certain circumstances, 'good' people can engage in 'bad' behavior.



Successful Onboarding

Successful Onboarding: Strategies to Unlock Hidden Value Within Your Organization

Mark Stein and Lilith Christiansen
  Fact: 1/3rd of all external hires are no longer with the organization after 2 years. What can you do about it? In a word: onboarding; although poorly understood, subject to narrow definitions, and with limited best practice understanding or management rigor. Consultants Mark Stein & Lilith Christiansen have worked with leading companies on it, and they've synthesized their work into a ready to use system.
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The HR Answer Book

The HR Answer Book: An Indispensable Guide for Managers and Human Resources Professionals

by Shawn A. Smith, Rebecca A. Mazin
  The HR Answer Book addresses 200 questions that every employer needs to deal with, from recruiting and hiring to discipline and termination, compensation and benefits to training and employee relations. Accessible and concise, this on-the-job companion offers expert guidance on all types of "people" issues.
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