The Experience of Expatriates Research Paper by Nicky

A research paper on the experience of the expatriate in his international corporate culture.
# 146271 | 2,530 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2010 in Business (International) , Labor Studies (General)

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The paper focuses on a case study of expatriates with the ASIMCO company and provides research on the high level of failure among expatriates. The paper reveals that the issue of concern here is the inability of these expatriates to perform to their highest potential because of their feelings of isolation from the parent organization. The paper discusses how organizations must focus on pre-departure training for the expatriate and his family, and looks at how Daimler-Benz, Motorola, and Pepsi have all developed programs to make their expatriates more comfortable in another culture. The paper reaches the conclusion that cross-cultural training and diversity training of the expatriates is essential, as well as keeping in contact with the expatriates from the international office.

From the Paper:

"Adler (1999) explains that companies, as well as human resources, go through four stages of development when beginning to deal with multinational business. The first is domestic, then international, multinational and finally global, each with its own unique strategy and orientation. Each also places an increased emphasis on the connection of international enterprise to the total business activities. These stages can also be equated as to how to manage people in an international setting. The domestic enterprise has a centralized structure and a focus on functional divisions; the international company has a more decentralized structure and places its emphasis on its international division. International activities, therefore, may become isolated from the central business, which is still "domestic" in its perspective. Thus, the amount of interaction and communication between the international and the national is lacking in terms of ideas, people or practices and collaborative learning."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adler, N.J, 1991, International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior, Boston: PWS-Kent Publishing.
  • Erbacher, D., D'Netto, B., & Espana, J., 2006. Expatriate Success in China: Impact of Personal and Situational Factors. . Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge 8(2): pp. 183-189
  • Evans, P. & Lorange, P., 1989 The two logics behind human resource management', in P. Evans, Y. Doz & A. Laurent (Eds.), Human resource management in international firms, pp. 169-90, New York, St. Martin's Press
  • Forster, N., 1997. The persistent Myth of High Expatriate Failure Rates: A Reappraisal The International Journal of Human Resource Management. 8: pp.4-10.
  • Mabey, C., Salaman, G., & Storey, J., 2006. Human Resource Management: A Strategic Introduction New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

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