Tag Archive: IHRM

Global leadership recruitment and development: A Danish case

This spring one of my students in Change Management, Ioannis Zisopoulos, wrote a very interesting Master thesis about global leader selection and development in five Danish MNCs (1). Here are some of his findings. What is a global leader? One of the interesting findings is that the Danish MNCs do not label global leaders as …

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Expat research highlights from the European Academy of Management

Last week I attended the European Academy of Management, where a lot of interesting research on expats was presented. I would like to share some of my highlights. Supporting expats One of the findings that struck me in the presentation of Mila Lazarova and her colleagues (1) was that they found that 66% of the …

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The future of International Human Resource Management

Recently I had the pleasure to attend the 2nd Global Conference on International Human Resource Management at Penn State University in State College. In this post I would like to talk about some of the opportunities and challenges for the IHRM field that were highlighted during the closing session of the conference*. What is the …

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Working in Malaysia: some first impressions

Last week I had the privilege to interview eleven expats from different nationalities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These interviews were part of a study I am conducting together with three colleagues about the Host Country National Liaison Model. Our aim is to shift the focus from being solely on the expat to a more comprehensive …

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Working with Malaysians: what are your experiences?

Working as an expat has always been full of challenges. An important aspect is dealing with the host culture because cultural differences and local ways of working can have a significant impact on the success of the expat assignment. We have constructed a questionnaire to help us more clearly understand how expats work together with …

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Linking expats and their local colleagues: the Host Country National Liaison model

Expats are often seen as important links between headquarters and the local subsidiary in terms of knowledge transfer, especially if the expat is sent abroad to head the local operation. For this reason, much attention has been given to recruitment, selection and training of expats to ensure that they are as successful as possible. Neglecting …

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Global Leadership: It is all about complexity

“We cannot solve today’s problems with the same thinking OR LEADERSHIP that we used when we created them” Einstein+ Last week I attended Joyce Osland’s very insightful workshop on Global Leadership at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC). In today’s globalized world, we need more global leaders who can deal with the increasing complexity of …

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Best fit vs. best practice: the importance of context in HRM

Last week I attended the Global Conference on International Human Resource Management at Penn State University, USA. The keynote of professor Chris Brewster focused, amongst other topics, on the importance of context in Human Resource Management. While a universalist paradigm has been paramount in HRM – let’s find the best practice so that we can …

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Interaction with locals: helpful but not easy to achieve

Last week I attended the PhD defence of Joost Bücker of Radboud University Nijmegen, whose thesis was about cultural intelligence and global management competencies (1). In the Netherlands it is customary to include propositions for discussion in your book. One of them was: “Interaction with locals stimulates the development of cultural intelligence” As my own …

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