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The Evolution of an Expatriate

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on October 2, 2012 – 12:20 PM

Expatriating employees is expensive and many firms experience that expatriations are unsuccessful both from a business perspective and from a personal perspective, where expatriates experience culture shocks and never adjusts to the host country culture. Based on my own experiences I have discussed how to avoid expatriation failures in another blog post. In this post we will have a closer look at the dynamics and evolution of an expatriate’s life; and what organizations can do to proactively increase chances of successful expatriatriation according to the research of Professor Jon M. Shapiro and his colleagues.

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How to Avoid Expatriation Failures?

Icon Written by Thomas Tøth on October 1, 2012 – 12:15 AM

Over the last couple of years, being an ex-expatriate myself, I have spoken to quite a few professionals with expatriate experience. When groups of (former) expatriate managers meet I find that one of the subjects most often discussed is ‘How to act as a leader or manager in a foreign cultural setting‘. I was luckier than most: When I went to India to work I was enrolled in a team of four expatriates in the company with substantial experience from India; and all with the inclination to share their experiences with me. Also, I was so fortunate to meet two […]

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