Tag: From theory to practice

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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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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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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Expatriate contact with a local host: an intervention to increase social support

One of the ways in which a local host can contribute to successful expatriate assignments is through offering social support. Does a local host offer social support? And what types of support do they offer? This is the final blog post about the academic articles that have been published about my PhD research In Touch …

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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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Highlights from the European Academy of Management (2016)

Early June I attended the European Academy of Management in Paris. While Paris was covered by an unmovable grey sky and the Seine was slowly rising to new heights, we were up to our ears in a very interesting Expatriate Management Track – one of the standing tracks of this conference, organized by prof. Jan …

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The importance of relationship quality: Maximizing the impact of expatriate contact with a local host

When putting expats in touch with a local host, does the quality of the contact matter? Does this need to surpass a certain threshold for the contact to contribute to an expat assignment? Can contact with a local host also have a negative impact? This is the topic of this blog post, based on my …

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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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Developing a high quality intercultural relationship: expatriates and their local host

In my Ph.D. thesis In Touch with the Dutch I looked at the impact of a local host on the success of the expatriate assignment. My first research question focused on the impact of a local host on adjustment, performance, intercultural competence and social support. Secondly, I examined the impact of the quality of the …

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