Developing your global know-how

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 4 October 2011




(2011), "Developing your global know-how", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 25 No. 6.



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Developing your global know-how

Article Type: Abstracts From: Development and Learning in Organizations, Volume 25, Issue 6

Harvard Business Review, Mar 2011, Vol. 89 No. 3, Start page: 70, No. of pages: 5

For up-and-coming executives, an overseas posting has long been a rite of passage, providing opportunities not available in their native countries and experience that can be invaluable to their companies both during the assignment and after their return home. How has the great recession affected this formula? HBR spoke with the top human resources executives at four multinationals about how their companies are adapting global assignments to meet the demands of a changing world. Siegfried Russwurm, of Siemens, talks about the need to recruit workers who will really engage with their new culture – workers with the capacity for truly “international thinking.” CEMEX’S Luis Hernandez discusses personal and professional factors that can make or break an overseas assignment. In the same vein, Keumyong Chung describes measures that Samsung has taken to reduce failures, including pre-assignment training of various kinds. Today’s economy is prompting cutbacks in some global programs, but the news is not all bad: For example, at Walmart, as Susan Chambers relates, a new emphasis on creative, shorter-term assignments is allowing more people (including more women) to obtain global experience without the major uprooting of a conventional expat assignment. It is also helping them get that experience earlier in their careers – when it can be of maximum benefit to the employee and the company alike.Article type: viewpointISSN: 0017-8012Reference: 40AL803

Keywords: Executive development, Expatriates, Experience, National cultures

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