International Success: Selecting, Developing, and Supporting Expatriate Managers

International Success: Selecting, Developing, and Supporting Expatriate Managers

by Meena S. Wilson, Maxine A. Dalton

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Overview

When managers in multinational companies are not properly prepared for assignments in foreign countries, the costs are great - for the managers themselves, for their organizations, and for their home countries. The selection - development - support framework described in this report not only identifies the important factors to consider when working overseas but also specifies ways to develop a talent pool of effective expatriates. Such factors as personality, early-life experiences, role of the spouse, language and cultural training, and repatriation are discussed in detail and recommendations for expatriate success are provided.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604918564
Publisher: Center for Creative Leadership
Publication date: 08/24/1998
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.18(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables .......................................................................................vi

Preface ...................................................................................................................vii

Acknowledgments ......................................................................................................ix

Introduction ................................................................................................................1

The Costs of Failure ..................................................................................................3

What Does Expatriate Effectiveness Mean? ..........................................................5

How to Create and Maintain a Talent Pool of Effective Expatriates ...............7

Selection ................................................................................................................7

Short-term Considerations: Personality and Early-life Experiences................8

Long-term Consideration: Family Readiness ................................................12

Development .......................................................................................................17

Short-term Considerations: Language and Cultural Training........................17

Long-term Consideration: On-the-job Development.....................................19

Support ................................................................................................................25

Short-term Considerations: Outbound Transition and Family

Adjustment.................................................................................................25

Long-term Considerations: Equitable Compensation and Repatriation.........27

Recommendations for Developing a Talent Pool of Expatriate

Managers .............................................................................................................30

Can Global Perspectives Be Learned? ..................................................................32

References and Suggested Readings ......................................................................35

Appendix A: Description of Research .....................................................................39

Appendix B: Interview Protocols ...........................................................................48

Figures

Figure 1. Expectations for Effectiveness.......................................................................6

Figure 2. Selection-Development-Support (SDS) Framework......................................7

Figure 3. Early-life Experiences: Lessons Learned from Most Frequently

Cited Events.............................................................................................................10

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