Authors: Patrick Zvara, Gangaram Singh
Addresses: Department of Management, College of Business Administration, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182, USA. ' Department of Management, College of Business Administration, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
Abstract: Multinational corporations have created a unique class of employee known as the expatriate. Expatriates face numerous issues prior to, during, and after their assignments abroad. It is often believed that repatriation is easier than expatriation since the expatriate is returning ||home||. However, this is not the case. How the multinational corporation handles the cycle of events surrounding expatriate workers can impact organisational effectiveness, retention, employee effectiveness, and the employees| personal life. In this paper, we sketch the fundamental differences between repatriation and expatriation and design a repatriation programme from an organizational perspective which incorporates programs that address the entire cycle of events from expatriation to repatriation.
Keywords: repatriation; international human resource management; international management; expatriation; international employees; multinational corporations; HRM; human resources management.
International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2004 Vol.4 No.2, pp.215 - 222
Published online: 13 Jun 2004 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article