The use of expatriates and inpatriates in Central and Eastern Europe since the Wall came down

Peterson, Richard B.
February 2003
Journal of World Business;Spring2003, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p55
Academic Journal
This study reports the results of interviews with key officials of 46 Western European and American multinational subsidiaries and joint ventures in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. The focus of our questions related to the role of expatriates in their operation, strengths and weaknesses of the local staff, and some miscellaneous issues. We found that the key human resource role of the multinational was to expose the local staff to a market economy; to instill world standards of performance; and provide training and functional expertise. Questions are raised as to whether this set of knowledge, skills and expectations can be spread beyond the multinationals to domestic-owned firms and state enterprises. Comparisons and contrasts were also made with the multinationals� experience in other parts of the world. Finally, four propositions were advanced for future testing.


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