Managing Inpatriates: Building a Global Core Competency

Harvey, Michael G.; Buckley, M. Ronald
March 1997
Journal of World Business;Spring97, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p35
Academic Journal
The core competency of an organization is a unique signature composed of tangible and intangible assets that are used to differentiate a company from its competitors. As organizations have moved into the global marketplace, many have attempted to simply extend their domestic core competency to compete with global competitors. The cultural imprint of the core competency is a western, United States orientation. To effectively differentiate U.S. MNCs in the global competitive arena, these organizations must become more multicultural. One means of accomplishing this diversity of strategic perspective is to inpatriate foreign managers into the domestic management team on a permanent basis. The purpose of this paper is to outline the need for inpatriation while presenting the issues which will arise in the inpatriation process. A step-by-step process to accomplish inpatriation is also presented. While this process is not free of difficulties, it may be a cost-effective way of globalizing the core competency of an organization in a permanent way.


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