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The directory below serves executives and business advisors (site selection or business location and global business strategy consultants, corporate real estate brokers, etc.)  who may need to find available research or professional services quickly when dealing with the human resources aspects of planning for direct capital investment projects.   This includes plans for offices, factories, or other types of operations (new, expanded, or relocated).  Local economic development organizations and other global contacts may also provide useful information.

Contact us directly for free assistance if seeking professional services or sources of information for changes to business operations such as capital investment project plans anywhere.

This directory will highlight relevant resources, such as through GUIDE Service Profiles which summarize the scope of services and capabilities of participating service providers.

We will disclose active working relationships as shown in the directory of Location Consultants.  Service providers - see our introductory offer for participation in our work.

We may also identify other contacts of potential interest on a selective basis for the convenience of the executives and professional advisors we serve, as in the case of the following examples.   Suggestions are welcome.

The presence or absence of any organization in this selective directory, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of service providers.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach them or their websites quickly.

Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

 Directory - selective list of resources for global human resources directors and senior management      
HR Research Sources, Specialty Publications, HR Consultants and Events for HR Professionals Website Suggested Contact Phone
Watson Wyatt - labor costs and other research in international markets

Announced plans to merge with Towers Perrin, to become Towers Watson    
Oliver Wyman - combines Mercer Management Consulting, Mercer Oliver Wyman, and Mercer Delta - 2500 professionals in 40 offices around the world    
Mercer Human Resource Consulting - publishes considerable research, compensation studies, cost of living    
Hewitt Associates - global HR outsourcing and consulting services    
Runzheimer International    
Clark/Bardes Consulting  - executive compensation, benefits    
ERI Economic Research Institute - salary survey sources worldwide    
AESC - Association of Executive Search Consultants, and BlueSteps executive job search service

Hunt-Scanlon Corporation - portal for executive search, market research, publisher of Executive Search Review newsletter and Executive Recruiters International directory available through their online publications shop; also organizes special "human capital conferences" as special events related to executive placement

Executive Search Review

Society for Human Resources Management - international association of HR professionals; HR Magazine - portal, directories, HR communities    
HR Management magazine - also has a European edition, published by GDS International

Human Capital - magazine includes coverage of topics such as geographic expansion, employee  relocation    
Human Resources Forum    
Institute for Corporate Productivity - I4CP - formerly Human Resource Institute    
Workforce Management    
The Pathfinders - US labor market studies on behalf of economic development organizations or companies    
Sperling's BestPlaces - demographic and other data with visitor comments about many US cities - ratings of US public school systems, K-12 and high schools - charges for research reports, requires registration for free samples; offers comparable data    
HR Innovator - new magazine in 2003    
Center for Human Resources Management Studies    
Worldwide ERC - Employee Relocation Council - European and Middle East HR e-business    
International Career Employment Weekly - publishes many international job listings    

International Retained Executive Search and Placement Firms or Executive Outplacement

Some of these organizations offer interesting publications for executives with international interests

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Search across over 30 websites in this niche.

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Accord Group - global network of executive search firms, see also Battalia Winston International in the US    
AEA International Search - network includes Cook Associates in the USA, Michael Stern Associates in Canada, Alexander Hughes in Europe, and Executive Access as a leading executive search firm in the Asia Pacific region

The Amrop Hever Group    
April International - international accounting, financial services, investment banking, particularly in Asia Pacific    
The Asia Partnership - Asia Pacific executive search    
A.T. Kearney Executive Search    
Battalia Winston International - see also Accord Group above    
Beaumont K.K. - based in Tokyo, works with foreign firms to find executives in Japan, including country representatives for SME's, high tech firms, market entry  Jonathan Falconer +81 3 5731 8575
Bench International - specialized in pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive search, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Basingstoke UK for European searches    
Boyden World Corporation    
Challenger, Gray & Christmas - widely publicized specialist in US employer-paid outplacement services which issues frequent reports about major layoffs and employment trends (Challenger Job Market Index), and media commentary on unemployment statistics such as those issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics James. E. Challenger  
DHR International - executive search, based in Chicago    
Egon Zehnder International    
EMA Partners International - global network of private executive search firm offices    
GFI Consulting International - UK-based executive search, placement, and customized HR services for SME's, pre-IPO's, and global companies

Karen Lee

biographic info

Heidrick & Struggles International    
Highland Partners - Consumer, Financial Services, Industrial, Life Sciences, Technology & IT Services    
Korn/Ferry International    
Leaders Trust International - based in Switzerland    
Lucas Group Executive Recruiters - Atlanta GA - in partnership with The Wall Street Journal - executive search firm and recruiter   (404)239-5630
McDaniel Executive Recruiters - Canadian firm specialized in international call centers, direct marketing, BPO, including client projects for Europe and Asia.  Offices in Manitoba, AZ, OR, OH Chad McDaniel  
Morgan Samuels    
Oakbridge Inc. Global Human Resource Services (search) and International Career Opportunities, also publishes an international HR newsletter; US company originated through a related service in Japan    
Penrhyn International    
Ray & Berndtson    
RHI Executive Search - a Robert Half International firm

John Korbel

in Washington DC

R.J. Watkins & Company - Executive Recruiting Consultants, based in San Diego with offices in San Francisco, Campbell CA and London; also associated with angel investor / venture capital groups    
Russell Reynolds Associates    
Signium International - previously widely-known (before 1998) as Ward Howell International; local offices in some countries may also be known by other names and have separate websites    
Spencer Stuart    
SpenglerFox Executive Search - offices in 19 countries - Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) services    
TRANSEARCH International    
Whitehead Mann Group    
Services for expatriate assignments

Our directory of research sources for residential real estate may also be useful for reference about communities, as local developers and real estate brokers may publish community data or insights into the local cost of living

Cendant Mobility - relocation services, see also intercultural services for international assignments    
Convinus - international assignment and employee mobility services    
Deloitte - Global Employment & Individual Solutions (GEIS) - international assignment management services and private client advisors, in their Human Capital consulting practice, or Tax - International Assignment Solutions    
GMAC Global Relocation Services    
Primacy - global relocation and assignment management services    
PricewaterhouseCoopers - search for "International Assignment Solutions" by country

American Citizens Abroad - interest group based in Switzerland    
American Council on International Personnel - focus on facilitating the movement of personnel for large firms    
Families in Global Transitions    
Resource Careers - specialized in dual career and family relocation services, based in Cleveland OH    
United States Expatriate Tax - informative portal about taxes on US expatriates in other countries, and foreign expatriates working in the USA; this is also linked to related sites about corporate and state income taxes and business activity taxes. 

Relocation or mobility services, moving executives and families      
American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA)    
Association of Relocation Agents (ARA) - UK association    
Canadian Association of Movers (CAM)    
European Relocation Association (EuR)    
FIDI - FAIM program - FIDI Accredited International Mover - audited quality program (Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux)    
HCR Group - UK-based employee relocation services   01256 812700
Household Goods Forwarders Association of America (HHGFAA)    
International Relocation Services SA de CV - international relocation services in Mexico    
Latin American & Caribbean International Movers Association (LACMA)    
TheMIGroup - global relocation services    
Mohawk Moving & Storage - (offices in MN, TX) - commercial and residential moving & storage, US and international   1-800-328-2995
MSI Mobility Services International    
Overseas Moving Network International (OMNI) - network of movers to FIDI-FAIM standards, website also includes timely country guides (from a UK and US perspective) which can be downloaded    
Oxxford Relocation Center, Inc. - relocation of executives   800-342-1249
Paragon Relocation Resources, Inc. - global mobility and relocation services for companies    
Prudential Relocation Services - refer to their Business to Business section for employee relocation services    
Sterling Corporation    
TIRA Network - The International Relocation Associates    
WWR International - household goods forwarding worldwide    
TEAM Relocations - European relocation services    
Weichert Relocation - global relocation and assignment management firm acquired RRI - Relocation Resources International, global relocation service company for employee transfers

World Relocation Network    
Atlas Van Lines - US movers    
United Van Lines - US movers    
Personal insurance, financial, estate and tax advisory services for expatriates      
GV Financial Advisors - financial advisory services specialized in work for international executives on US assignments, with offices in Atlanta and Washington DC

Ms. Junko Horvath

Clements International - global insurance for employees on foreign assignments    
Expatriate networks, cross-cultural transition information resources and training services

Note that there are also various country-specific expatriate forum or message board websites.  We list some of these in our regional directories, rather than in this more global list.

see our Bookshelf suggestions

Refer also to Language Training below

British Expatriates    
British Expats - "Britnet" - many links to global British expatriate communities and services    
BR Anchor Publishing - Relocation Today newsletter, and useful information for transitions Beverly Roman  
Chestnut Global Partners    
ExpatExpert - information for families moving internationally Robin Pascoe    
ExpatWorld - subscription newsletter    
Improving Human Capital

H. Stewart Lacy

Intercultural Help    
Newsstand - subscriptions to international newspapers and magazines    
Outpost Expatriate Network - many useful links for many countries, based in The Hague, supports Shell

Overseas Digest    
Ricklin-Echikson Associates, Inc. (REA)    
Transition Dynamics    
Transitions Abroad    
Trompenaars Hampden-Turner , cross-cultural and organizational change consulting and training services    
Tales from a Small Planet - a non-profit serving the US Foreign Service community, with unofficial and humorous insights about life in other countries which may also be of interest to others    
Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW)    
Other services for expatriates - vehicles, parts, multi-system electronics      
Bukkehave - global vehicle and parts supply, such as for foreign assignments or offices

D&M Auto Parts Corporation - another global supplier of vehicle parts for expatriates    
Eport World Electronics - based in Washington DC, electronics, appliances, adapters, transformers    
Immigration and visa services, work permits, consular services see also : Travel advisories    
US Citizenship and Immigration Services - now a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, formerly known to many as the INS - Immigration and Naturalization Service, which was in the Department of Justice    
US Department of State - websites of US Embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions    
American Immigration Lawyers Association    
Bennett R. Savitz Law Offices, P.C. - specialist in US immigration law for business employees Bennett Savitz 617-723-7111
Hammond Law Group LLC - global service for business visas    
Robert A. Perkins & Associates - Chicago - website offers considerable US visa information    
American Immigration Center - a private, unofficial site offering and selling US visa information    
OISC - The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner - information about registered UK visa advisers and public oversight of the work of immigration specialists.  Their lists of advisers will not include all legal specialists in this field, as explained in details about who they do not regulate.  They also publish an informative leaflet (PDF file) about how to find an immigration adviser in the UK.    
ProjectVisa and EmbassyPage - private, volunteer-based site sharing information about visas globally    
Travel Advisories - travel warnings, visa requirements, health warnings      
US Department of State - Consular Information Sheets - information on travel requirements for entry by US travelers into other countries, travel warnings, currency regulations, health issues, etc.    
British Foreign & Commonwealth Office - country advice for British travelers    
US Center for Disease Control & Prevention - health advisories    
Security services - executive security training, protective services, security risk consulting      
Day & Zimmerman - security services to government and industrial facilities and utilities    
Blackwater USA, including Blackwater Security Consulting - training and protective services, including high threat environments (Iraq, etc.), diplomatic and government or corporate security, former SWAT police or special forces

International Risk - investigative, business intelligence, risk mitigation, brand protection, corporate security and crisis management services, supply chain integrity, employee integrity, brand & IP protection    
Citigate Global Intelligence : risk mitigation, part of Incepta Group (financial communications and PR)

Citigate Global World Watch® offers travel safety and intelligence information on countries and cities, and there is also a Daily Global Risk Alert service to monitor news about security incidents worldwide

World Watch

Vance International Security Services - executive protection training and security services    
Lee Group - security consulting for international safety    
Applicant, Employee, and Client or Customer screening services      
InfoMart USA    
World Compliance, Inc. - focus is on 'know your client" risks - political risks, fraud, terrorism, etc. - which can be particularly important in the context of Sarbanes-Oxley and other governance or compliance issues    
Translation and interpreting services      
American Translators Association    
Geneva Worldwide - based in NY, global service in 180 languages   212-255-8400
inlingua - over 300 offices worldwide for professional interpreting and certified translating services in Salt Lake City    
InterPro Translation Solutions    
International Communications    
International Translation Solutions - document translation, interpreting    
Language Training Center - based in Indiana, instruction and interpreter services, corporate cross-cultural training and China consulting, translation services   317-578-4577
Latitude48 Translation - document translation and website localization services    
Optimus Technologies - foreign language conversion services, legal documents; litigation support services   (202) 263-7370
Rennert translation services    
Richard Schneider Enterprises - network of translation and interpreting service providers    
Transco - software translation and localization, Chinese translation    
SYSTRAN language translation technologies - machine translation for the Internet / intranets    
Translation Experts - translation tools, software, machine translation, dictionaries    
US Translation Company    
Language training services      
Berlitz - also has links to foreign media    
Communicaid - business language and cross-cultural training    
Inlingua - language training, translation, and interpretation services    
Language Training Center - based in Indiana, instruction and interpreter services, corporate cross-cultural training and China consulting, translation services   317-578-4577
Parlo Inc. - online language training    
Miscellaneous Resources      
Refer also to our Corporate Tax, Development and Finance, Logistics, Legal Advisors and other Contacts      
Currency converter - current foreign exchange rate calculations (there are many such Internet resources - we do not provide any warranty about their reliability, accuracy, or services - this is just for convenient reference)    
Physical relocation of business operations


See also Project Management, as well as location consultants and incentives consultants

Our directory of research sources for residential real estate may also be useful for reference about communities

AK Industrial Contractors - turnkey manufacturing facility relocation specialists, including experience moving nearly 150 plants within the US and between the US and Mexico, Europe, Southeast Asia and and China; support from planning, viability, and cost analysis through physical relocation and installation of equipment

Benchmark Consulting Services, Ltd. - specializes in business relocation services    
The Bigge Group - Bigge Crane & Rigging Co. - Shaughnessy & Co.   510-638-8100
Burkhalter Rigging, Inc. - transport of heavy equipment from port to site, such as for power plants, refineries, automotive OEM's.  Examples would include generators, heavy presses, injection molding machines, and very large or very heavy equipment which may require unique capabilities to move.  


Commercial Plant Relocators Inc. - CPR Global is based in Anderson, SC - industrial relocation and new machinery installation for US and international projects Donna Jewett 800-776-1277 x28
Relocation Connections Inc. - CA based company specialized in moving businesses, including the IT infrastructure and other details - not personnel moves    
Specialized Carriers & Rigging Assn (SC&RA) - association with directory of members and official publication, Lift and Transport

Taft Contracting Company - Chicago based, offices in SC and CA, plant relocations for the food processing, chemical, automotive, steel and other manufacturing industries   800-626-7456
Lift Equipment and CraneWorks - industry publication    
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