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Managing the Global Manager: Predeparture Training and Development for German Expatriates in China and Brazil

M. Domsch (The Federal Armed Forces)
B. Lichtenberger (International Labour Organisation (ILO), Geneva)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 1 July 1991

Abstract

While foreign trade and joint ventures between Germany and the People′s Republic of China and Brazil have grown considerably, many of the attempts at economic co‐operation have collapsed. One major explanation can be attributed to cultural differences between German expatriate managers and their local subordinates. Therefore predeparture training and development becomes more significant. This study investigates the extent and significance of predeparture training and development for expatriates in China and Brazil in German companies. When, how often and which strategies are used to prepare the expatriate for his/her assignment in an effective and efficient way? It raises some important questions on the appropriate strategy in international human resource management.

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Citation

Domsch, M. and Lichtenberger, B. (1991), "Managing the Global Manager: Predeparture Training and Development for German Expatriates in China and Brazil", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 10 No. 7, pp. 41-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000001383

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