Expatriate Assignment Versus Overseas Experience: Contrasting Models of International Human Resource Development

Inkson, Kerr; Arthur, Michael B.; Pringle, Judith; Barry, Sean
December 1997
Journal of World Business;Winter97, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p351
Academic Journal
Expatriate assignment (EA) and overseas experience (OE) models of international career experience are compared. Analysis of recent case study data suggests OE's advantages over EA for people's development and its consequences. In turn, the analysis suggests both human resource management and national policy-making shift from planning toward knowledge-centered approaches.


Related Articles

  • Knowledge Sharing Through Expatriate Relationships. Mäkelä, Kristina // International Studies of Management & Organization;Fall2007, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p108 

    In this paper, knowledge sharing in expatriate relationships is explored from a social capital perspective, and it is argued that expatriate relationships provide strong ties that function as channels of knowledge sharing across borders. The empirical results of an exploratory case study show...

  • Moving Managers Internationally: The Need for Flexibility. Carter, Nancy J. // Human Resource Planning;1989, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p43 

    Accelerating rates of change and volatility have created significant strains on our traditional human resource policies for moving managers internationally. The trend towards use of shorter assignments has resulted in the need to adopt flexible policies on issues such as family relocation,...

  • SOME CULTURAL PROBLEMS INSTALLING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS. Megginson, Leo C.; Chung, Kae H. // Industrial Management;Mar69, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p2 

    Focuses on cultural factors causing conflicts in international operations. Importance of personnel management in international business; Determinants of managerial effectiveness; Restraints on the use of American personnel in international operations.

  • Expatriate Return on Investment. McNulty, Yvonne M.; Tharenou, Phyllis // International Studies of Management & Organization;Fall2004, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p68 

    Expatriate return on investment (ROl) is undoubtedly an important topic, as evidenced by the considerable efforts of multinational corporations (MNCs) to find cost-reducing alternatives to long-term international assignments. Yet no studies exist examining how expatriate ROl may be calculated...

  • Boundaryless Global Careers. Banai, Moshe; Harry, Wes // International Studies of Management & Organization;Fall2004, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p96 

    This study extends the description and explanation of boundaryless careers to the global arena. It presents the case of a new breed of expatriate managers who are becoming more prevalent in multinational corporations-the international itinerant. It defines international itinerants, describes...

  • The Buzz. Infante, Victor D. // Workforce;Jan2001, Vol. 80 Issue 1, p22 

    Reveals that many international business firms are not ready to send their employees for overseas assignment. Problems in personnel management; Handling international payroll for expatriate employees; Implications of a proposed legislation on ergonomics to the United States Occupational Safety...

  • Empowering Expatriates and Organizations to Improve Repatriation Effectiveness. Allen, Douglas; Alvarez, Sharon // Human Resource Planning;1998, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p29 

    Poor expatriate repatriation results in loss of high-potential employees, employee underutilization, and employee reluctance to accept overseas positions. This article, based on interviews with more than 150 multinational executives, explores reasons for ineffective repatriation and outlines two...

  • Intra-European relocations expected expected to rise.  // Fairfield County Business Journal;3/7/2005, Vol. 44 Issue 10, p19 

    The article reports an expected rise in intra-European relocation during next few years. This was among the significant findings in the Intra-European Assignment Survey, conducted by Weichert Relocation Resources Inc. and Worldwide ERC. The survey's respondents included human resource...

  • When in Rome. Walls, Hal // Industrial Engineer: IE;Apr2004, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p24 

    Offers advice for American managers who are dispatched overseas to run the foreign operation of a U.S.-based company. Recruitment of local personnel who could function within the culture of the parent company; Understanding of antitrust laws; Resistance of invitation to get critical task...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics