Title: Improving the probabilities of success of expatriate managers in the global organisation of the 21st century

Authors: Michael Harvey, Nancy Napier, Miriam Moeller

Addresses: Department of Management, School of Business Administration, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 38677, USA; Bond University, Australia. ' Centre for Creativity and Innovation, EMBA Faculty and Centre for Creativity and Innovation, Boise State University, USA. ' UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, 4072 Queensland, Australia

Abstract: As globalisation begins to accelerate, the need for personnel to staff organisations will reach a critical juncture. Two issues appear to be heading for conflict: 1) the need for adequate supply of global managers; 2) the need to change the staffing regimen of the past to meet the needs of the evolving global organisations. While there has been an ongoing debate in the academic literature about the effectiveness and the rate of success of expatriate managers, it is increasingly clear that that selection, training/development, compensation, performance appraisal of expatriate managers will have to change to reflect current environmental/political circumstances. We address the modifications that need to be made to the historic/traditional concept of expatriation to include creative solutions and means of implementing them as a way for expatriate managers to fit the staffing requirement of the 21st century global organisation. One might say, that it could be |a last ditch| effort to improve the probabilities of success of expatriate managers in global organisations.

Keywords: strategic global HRM; human resource management; SGHRM; global expatriate managers; political competence; global mindset; expat managers; expatriates; expats; globalisation; expatriation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2011.041668

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2011 Vol.11 No.2/3/4, pp.141 - 166

Published online: 29 Jul 2011 *

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