I offer research-based consulting; with a thorough grounding in international human resource management, I am able to analyse any global mobility issue your organisation faces, and help you find the best solution. My core specialties are:
- Global mobility support: How can an organisation optimally support their key global staff? This can be about expatriates on both long and short term assignments but also commuters and international business travellers. Together with you I will look at how these expatriates fit in the corporate strategy and how we can ensure that they reach their goals. Support is also important if your organisation is faced with an increasingly internationalised workforce simply because the best employee for that particular job comes from abroad. These employees are usually left to their own device, while some organisational support can make a world of difference.
- Development of global leaders and other staff: Intercultural competence is essential to navigate an increasingly globalized world. It is a key asset of global leaders, but it is also very important for those who face an international workplace in their home country. How can an organisation develop the intercultural competence of their (international) employees? Together we will discuss the appropriate human resource development strategies for your organisation, particularly with regard to global leadership development. Intersango also offers a 10-week course with various exercises to help develop intercultural competence of employees.
- Knowledge management and the role of host country nationals: While expatriates are an important instrument to ensure knowledge flows between headquarters and the subsidiaries, they are not the only player in the field. The research on the Host Country National Liaison model that I have been carrying out with three international colleagues will help us frame the possible contributions of the host national colleagues that surround the expat. We can also look at whether localisation of personnel is a good strategy for your organisation, and what conditions need to be met for this strategy to work (e.g. development of host nationals).
- Mentoring: Are you thinking of implementing a mentoring system in your organisation? This can also be a relatively simple and cost-efficient way to better support your international employees, for example by putting them in touch with a local colleague elsewhere in the organisation. I have done extensive research on one such mentoring program where expats were put in touch with a local host, In Touch with the Dutch, and can help you design the best program for your organisation. This is one way to help expats break out of the expat bubble!