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Repatriation-returning home and adjusting: A qualitative study of the repatriation process in three Swedish multinational corporations
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In order to stay competitive in the market, multinational corporations (MNC) need to expand their businesses in the international market. Sending employees to work abroad is a great way of expanding. However, having employees working abroad, brings a lot of advantages for the corporation, but it can also be a disadvantage for the corporation if the final step of international assignments, which is the repatriation process, has not been handled correctly. This thesis investigates how the managers of IKEA, Electrolux and SEB handle the repatriation process and how the repatriates experienced the process, during their pre-return period and post-return period. Our findings show that the repatriates experienced that the repatriation process was poorly conducted by the corporations due to lack of engagement from their side. On the other hand, managers of the companies felt that they handled the repatriation process very well. Therefore, it is essential that corporations prepare the employees well, before they start the international assignments, as well as help them to readjusting back in the home country. Working with practical expectations may lead to a smooth adjustment, which in turn, leads to a well-functioning repatriation process.

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2019. , p. 51
Keywords [en]
Repatriation, expatriation, MNC, Multinational Corporation, pre-return repatriation, post-return repatriation, International Human Resource Management, IHRM, Internationalization.
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388363DiVA, id: diva2:1332876
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Business Studies
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Master Programme in Business and Management
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Available from: 2019-07-01 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-07-01Bibliographically approved

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