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Publication date: 1 July 1991

M. Domsch and B. Lichtenberger

While foreign trade and joint ventures between Germany and thePeople′s Republic of China and Brazil have grown considerably, many ofthe attempts at economic co‐operation…

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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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Journal of Management Development, vol. 10 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Publication date: 1 December 1997

Kerry Gail Lewis

States the purpose of this study was to develop a framework, through which to analyse the nature of an expatriate’s psychological contract, in order to specifically…

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States the purpose of this study was to develop a framework, through which to analyse the nature of an expatriate’s psychological contract, in order to specifically address expatriate psychological needs and expectations. The proposed Breakdown model was formulated from the overseas work experience of the author; a literature search and qualitative research with present and former expatriates. The findings revealed that perceived violations of the psychological contract were in the areas anticipated in the Breakdown model, and ignoring these needs and expectations resulted in unnecessary stress and lower employee productivity. Concludes that there was a vast gap between expatriation theory and practice; formal recognition and implementation of the model would bridge this gap and demonstrate that organizations do in fact regard people as their most important assets. Suggests the model might contribute towards competitive organizational advantage, as the successful completion of overseas assignments would be better assured.

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European Business Review, vol. 97 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0955-534X

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Publication date: 1 June 1990

Marketing for women in management This is the title of an article by M. Domsch and A. Hadler in Vol. 7 No. 4 of the European Management Journal.

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Marketing for women in management This is the title of an article by M. Domsch and A. Hadler in Vol. 7 No. 4 of the European Management Journal.

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Equal Opportunities International, vol. 9 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0261-0159

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Publication date: 1 April 1992

Peter Mühlemeyer

Based on an empirical study, proposes requirements for and measuresof the formation of internal incentive systems as instruments forinternal innovation management. Uses…

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Based on an empirical study, proposes requirements for and measures of the formation of internal incentive systems as instruments for internal innovation management. Uses the knowledge of experience of individuals taking an active part in innovation for the formulation of such proposals. The necessity for the implementation of integrated incentive systems, which allow for material fundamental demands beyond those peculiar to individual career expectations, becomes obvious.

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Personnel Review, vol. 21 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0048-3486

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Publication date: 27 October 2014

Marion A. Weissenberger-Eibl and Florian Kugler

The main point of these analyses is to find out the skills and capabilities engineers should have in order to act successfully in the field of innovation.

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Purpose

The main point of these analyses is to find out the skills and capabilities engineers should have in order to act successfully in the field of innovation.

Methodology/approach

The main approach is the identification of the profiles which are expected by the enterprises and companies from their engineers. The actual literature and scientific studies are screened in order to identify evidences for the characteristics of innovative engineers.

Findings

This study shows that professional, methodological, social, and personal competencies are important factors for innovation engineers in order to be successful in their professional life.

Practical implications

The final result of this analysis can be used as a guideline for universities and institutes of higher education to enrich their study courses in engineering with important elements of innovation engineering in order to fill the gap between the requested profiles of innovation engineers companies need and the profiles of university graduates.

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A Focused Issue on Building New Competences in Dynamic Environments
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78441-274-6

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Publication date: 1 August 2002

Pawan Budhwar, Andy Crane, Annette Davies, Rick Delbridge, Tim Edwards, Mahmoud Ezzamel, Lloyd Harris, Emmanuel Ogbonna and Robyn Thomas

Wonders whether companies actually have employees best interests at heart across physical, mental and spiritual spheres. Posits that most organizations ignore their…

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Wonders whether companies actually have employees best interests at heart across physical, mental and spiritual spheres. Posits that most organizations ignore their workforce – not even, in many cases, describing workers as assets! Describes many studies to back up this claim in theis work based on the 2002 Employment Research Unit Annual Conference, in Cardiff, Wales.

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Management Research News, vol. 25 no. 8/9/10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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Publication date: 2 December 2014

Xavier Salamin and Doris Hanappi

Research on female expatriates has been substantially growing over the last decades and particularly in more recent years. Complementing previous thematic analyses of the…

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Purpose

Research on female expatriates has been substantially growing over the last decades and particularly in more recent years. Complementing previous thematic analyses of the literature, the purpose of this paper is to apply textual statistics and correspondence analysis to reveal the existing semantic structure of the field of research on female expatriates.

Design/methodology/approach

Using correspondence analysis, the authors explored textual data from the abstracts of 151 identified journal articles published in English since 1975. The authors obtained a graphical representation showing the various developmental stages of research on female expatriates.

Findings

The authors found that research follows a home-host country orientation and advances from an organizational focus toward individual-level studies. The authors identified various directions for future research and especially a strong need for more multilevel approaches to study men’s and women’s expatriate experiences and trajectories in various contexts.

Research limitations/implications

Only articles with abstracts entered the analysis, which in turn was dependent on the content and quality of these abstracts. This limitation has been addressed by thoroughly reading each article considered.

Originality/value

This review adopts an original method in research on (female) expatriates and more broadly management research. It enabled the authors to map out the development of key research themes over time. Based on this analysis, gaps in current research could be identified and clear directions for future research were formulated.

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Journal of Global Mobility, vol. 2 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2049-8799

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Publication date: 11 January 2011

Thomas Steger, Rainhart Lang and Friederike Groeger

The purpose of this paper is to provide an in‐depth description of the process of institutionalisation and development of human resource management (HRM) practices in…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an in‐depth description of the process of institutionalisation and development of human resource management (HRM) practices in subsidiaries of German multinational companies in Russia.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on nine case studies of Russian subsidiaries including 26 interviews (13 German expatriates and 13 local employees), participative observations and document analyses. The data analysis follows a qualitative methodology.

Findings

The study provides four patterns of institutionalisation processes of HRM practices. They stress the importance of personal, institutional and contextual factors for the institutionalisation of HRM practices. Moreover, the key role of expatriates with their specific value orientations and behaviour in this process is highlighted.

Research limitations/implications

One suggestion for further research would be to replicate the study quantitatively (in order to get more cases) as well as qualitatively (to get broader inter‐cultural data). Furthermore, it would be valuable to take a more long‐term focus to examine the described institutionalisation paths in the long run.

Practical implications

The paper highlights the importance of personal characteristics of expatriates that are often underestimated in companies' selection procedures. Moreover, the connection between the parent company's strategy and the pattern of institutionalisation of HRM practices should make the company management reflect upon the preferred pattern before taking the basic decisions. Taking into account the strong economic relationship between Russia and Germany and the expected further development of joint activities, the paper provides also important insights for the use of German expatriates in Russia.

Originality/value

This paper improves our comprehension of the complex process of implementation and institutionalisation of HRM practices abroad. Moreover, it contributes to the HRM literature as it employs the concept of “transnational spaces” as an alternative and additional approach to explain this process. The resulting patterns may not be restricted to the Russian case only but should be adaptable to other emerging countries as well.

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Baltic Journal of Management, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5265

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Publication date: 1 June 2002

Jonathan S. Swift

Reports exploratory research which examines the relationship between the extent to which executives have a positive attitude towards a foreign culture and the level of…

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Reports exploratory research which examines the relationship between the extent to which executives have a positive attitude towards a foreign culture and the level of competence they have achieved in that language. Suggests that this was a weak correlation but a much stronger one existed between these two factors within the Spanish market. Cites that cultural liking may be a positive factor in foreign language acquisition but only in some circumstances or cultures and ecnourages further research in this area.

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Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, vol. 9 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7606

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Women in Management Review, vol. 20 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0964-9425

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