The management of expatriates: contemporary developments and future challenges

M. Linehan, M. Morley, H. Scullion

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    The rapid growth of international business at a time when many multinational companies (MNCs) are under increasing cost pressures has led these organisations to take a much closer look at their expatriation policies and practices. Faced with unprecedented levels of foreign competition at home and abroad, firms are beginning to recognise not only that international business is high on top management's list of priorities but that finding and nurturing the human resources required to implement an international strategy is of critical importance (Dowling et al., 1994). Much of the research on the management of expatriates currently available is drawn from research focused on North American multinationals. Adler (1997) commented that most research on international human resource management was concerned with American expatriates and continues to be written from an American rather than an international perspective. This introduction seeks to highlight the growth of research into expatriation to set the context for the five papers in this special edition that both add to some traditional areas of expatriate research and open up new fields relevant to this area of enquiry in international management and international business.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages174-184
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Managerial Psychology
    Volume18
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

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    Research
    Internationality
    Growth
    International business
    Expatriates
    Organizations
    Pressure
    Costs and Cost Analysis
    Expatriation
    International management
    Multinational companies
    International strategy
    Top management
    Foreign competition
    Multinationals
    Costs
    International human resource management
    Human resources

    Keywords

    • strategic management
    • globalisation
    • business management
    • expatriation
    • international business

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    Linehan, M. ; Morley, M. ; Scullion, H. / The management of expatriates : contemporary developments and future challenges. In: Journal of Managerial Psychology. 2003 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 174-184.
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