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Repatriation readjustment of international managers: an empirical study of HRD interventions
Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
University of Gävle, Department of Business Administration and Economics, Ämnesavdelningen för företagsekonomi. (ICM)
2008 (English)In: Career Development International, ISSN 1362-0436, E-ISSN 1758-6003, Vol. 13, no 5, 456-475 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose - With increasing interest in overseas business expansion, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, expatriate management, including repatriation readjustmenst, has become a critical international human resource development (HRD) issue for multinational enterprises (MNEs). This empirical study therefore aims to investigate the use of HRD interventions relating to training and development for effective readjustment of international managers on repatriation. Design/methodology/approach - The data were collected through a field survey conducted on repatriation experience of international managers from more than five countries, who are working in Singapore. Findings - The study provides valuable insights about repatriation training programmes, training contents, programme duration, delivery modes, and providers of effective training programmes. Research limitations/implications - HRD professionals and senior executives of MNEs will benefit from the findings of this study in making decisions on effective design and implementation of training and career development programmes. Practical implications - The findings have significant implications for career development of managers involved in international business operations. Originality/value - This paper discusses readjustment problems of the repatriating managers and suggests how realistic HRD programmes, mainly based on training, can be developed and implemented for retaining international managers. These findings from the dynamic region of Asia will also help in developing appropriate career development programmes.

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UK: Emerald , 2008. Vol. 13, no 5, 456-475 p.
Keyword [en]
Career development; Expatriates; Human resource development; Singapore; Training
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2142DOI: 10.1108/13620430810891473Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-49649108230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2142DiVA: diva2:118804
Available from: 2008-06-23 Created: 2008-06-23 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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