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Swiercz, Paul M., Human Resource Planning


Yes, it's true. The Internet is changing the world as we know it. At the recent annual meeting of HRPS we had the pleasure of hearing from a panel of executives leading organizations at the cutting edge of the new world of e-commerce. In addition, we heard the first installment of SOTA/P 2000 report research conducted by Patrick Wright, Lee Dyer, and Mike Takla -- People in the e-Business: New Challenges; New Solutions. (Look for more on this in a future edition of the journal.). Those of you who missed these informative sessions can still purchase them on cassette, and who better to provide you with a reason to do so than Dave Ulrich. Always insightful, frequently provocative, and consistently optimistic, our friend from the University of Michigan never disappoints. In this issue he uses the story of his son's effort to find stylish and comfortable size-16 shoes (yes, it's true!) to chart the course "From eBusiness to eHR." In this article Dave provides an overview of how e-commerce works, but, more importa ntly, he provides an invaluable roadmap for charting the course of HR's role in this "new" new world of databases and instant communication.

One of the promises of the new e-commerce economy is the seamless flow of information across national borders. In the excitement of free information flow it's easy to forget that the information is flowing between people, not just machines. As HR professionals we are the first to know that information alone doesn't guarantee cooperation and coordination. In this issue we are fortunate to present the work of Professors David P. Boyd and Thomas M. Begley of Northeastern University.

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