Preparation for International Assignments: A Case Study of Four Swedish Multinational Companies
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
With rapid change in the global business environment cross-border operations have become more and more common. This has led to that cross-cultural understanding has become more important for managers around the world. Organizations are focusing more on developing the necessary skills and knowledge for success in the international market, to attain and sustain a global competitiveness. This is done in many cases by placing employees across borders, on long- or short-term assignments.Company’s preparation process of expatriates, is an important part of successful international assignments. The process involves four steps and each step involves different technics to prepare expatriates and also including supports regarding spouse and family. First, a comprehensive review of existing literature about the steps in the preparation process and the different techniques were done. Then, the study looks at the preparation process of expatriates, spouse and family at four international companies. Semi structured interviews with the companies have been carried out in order to establish how companies work with preparing their expatriates and support their spouses and families. In comparison to literature both consistencies and inconsistencies were found, overall all companies provide their expatriates and spouses with the most significant training, which involves language training and same sort of cross-culture training. Many components within the training is supported by literature, the several other techniques described in the literature were not in use.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 55 p.
Social Behaviour Law
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-54850Local ID: bc75cd94-69b1-48e9-a292-2e152c40416cOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-54850DiVA: diva2:1028232
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Business Administration, master's level
Validerat; 20150701 (global_studentproject_submitter)2016-10-042016-10-04Bibliographically approved