With increasing globalization comes the need to understand human resource management (HRM) more broadly across countries, cultures, institutions, and organizational types. Designed to help readers explore and understand the key concepts and latest research behind the strategic management of people in organizations that operate in a global context, this accessible book provides concise coverage of HRM concepts, balancing comparative approaches and US and non-US schools of thought. Not limited to the multinational firm, the book reflects the most current knowledge in the field and considers all types of organizations embedded in the global context. Chapter-opening vignettes (short cases) exemplify the chapter's core topics and show readers how chapter content can be applied. Extensive references make it easy for readers to explore concepts in more depth.

International Mobility and Global Careers

International mobility and global careers

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to

  • describe the impact of a global assignment on an individual's career,
  • outline the types of global mobility assignments,
  • discuss the factors associated with adjusting to a foreign environment,
  • describe the special issue associated with women expatriates and dual-career couples, and
  • outline the elements of an effective global mobility program.

The Cantonese Lunch

Well that was three hours of my life I can never get back, thought Mike Faraday as he walked toward the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station from the Golden Pearl Seafood Restaurant where he had just attended his first “Cantonese Lunch.” It had sounded like a good idea when he read on the expat website about the opportunity to learn ...

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