Effectively Managing Expatriate Assignments with HRM Policies and Practices

Companies can minimize the chances of failure by creating a sensible set of HRM policies and practices that get to the root of the problems we have discussed. In this section, we look at how selection, training, career development, and compensation policies can help companies avoid these problems.


The choice of an employee for an international assignment is a critical decision. Because most expatriates work under minimal supervision in a distant location, mistakes in selection are likely to go unnoticed until it is too late. To choose the best employee for the job, management should:

  • ▪ Emphasize cultural sensitivity as a selection criterion Assess the candidate’s ...

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