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Learning the local language

One of the challenges an expat often faces when moving abroad is the local language. In a time when you are trying to settle into a new host country and culture learning a new language might seem too much of a challenge. And when you go to, say, Denmark or the Netherlands, many also assume …

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Intercultural competence in European international management

Following up on my previous blog about intercultural competence, I now would like to highlight some recent research that has been published on the topic in a special issue in the European Journal of International Management. The European context With 259 million immigrants worldwide [1], workplaces and societies are internationalising and more and more people …

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Træfpunkt HR 2019: Soft skills, employee learning and Dave Ulrich

Guest blog post by Simon Kennell Last month, I attended Træfpunkt HR 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Annually organized for nearly two decades by The Association of Danish HR Professionals, the exhibition displayed services from 150 companies and was attended by over 2000 HR and personnel professionals. As a student with a focus in Human Resources, …

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Navigating an increasingly intercultural workplace

Workplaces have become increasingly intercultural (1), and more and more people need to be able to navigate this new reality – even when not living abroad themselves. Research shows that to be successful in intercultural contexts, people need intercultural competencies (2). What is intercultural competence (3) and how can you develop it? What is intercultural competence? …

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Managing International Business Travellers in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Guest blog post by Anna Szabolcs International business travellers (IBTs) are often used as a cost-effective way for multinational corporations to take care of international business, without having to relocate an employee. Small and medium-sized enterprises increasingly join in the global competition and are making use of IBTs. However, very little research has focused on …

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Willing to go the extra mile: Understanding work engagement among expats

In recent years, many companies have been focusing on work engagement as a more positive way of working with employees towards business success. Work engagement has proven to be very valuable for organisations, but it has hardly been investigated in an international setting[i]. With a new study I’m conducting together with Mette Strange Noesgaard of …

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The performance management revolution in Denmark

In 2016 Harvard Business Review published an article entitled ‘The Performance Management Revolution’ that showed how more and more companies are moving away from the traditional annual review towards a system which favours giving people instant feedback. Companies in Denmark are also rethinking their performance management – as the NOCA meeting on the 28th of …

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Going abroad to play: Motivations, challenges, and support of sports expatriates

With the world becoming more and more interconnected, many professional athletes also spend a part of their career abroad. As they move abroad, they encounter many of the challenges that business expatriates face, as well as some that are unique to the sport industry. A paper written by myself and Susan Salzbrenner from Implement Consulting …

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Highlights of the European Academy of Management 2018

Last week I attended the European Academy of Management conference in ‘cold but beautiful’ Reykjavik. This year was the 10th year that the Expatriate Management Track was part of EURAM, and it was again filled with many interesting presentations. Here are three highlights. Breaking out of the expat bubble David Guttormsen from BI Norwegian Business …

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It takes two to tango: a review of the empirical research on expatriate-local interactions

Recently, my literature review on expatriate-local (E-L) interactions was published in The International Journal of Human Resource Management. In this blog post I give a short summary of this article. Why a literature review on E-L interactions? Much of the research on expatriates has had the expat as sole focal point. While this seems quite …

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