The importance of social networks for expatriate managers: A case study from Russia
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
This thesis has examined how expatriate managers in Russia create and use social networks with other individuals, in order to be successful in their assignment on an international unit. The study has also focused on how corporations can benefit from these networking activities conducted by the expatriates. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with expatriate managers on location in Russia in order to answer the research question. The interviews have later been analyzed by using a theoretical framework mainly based on the social capital theory and the main findings are as follows. Expatriate managers in Russia create networks with other individuals in order to both receive new business opportunities but also for adjusting to life in Russia. Corporations themselves do also benefit from these social networks, since they can create foundations for new business opportunities and increase corporations general image. The limitations of this study are that only Swedish expatriates have been included in the presented empirical material.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 43 p.
Expatriate managers, Social Networks, Social capital, Russia
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176943OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-176943DiVA: diva2:537974
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Johanson, Martin, Professor