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Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management

Edited by Günter K. Stahl and Ingmar Björkman

In providing an insightful overview of a wide range of global human resource issues facing MNCs, this pathbreaking Handbook highlights emergent topics and new research findings that could shape the field of future IHRM research. Theoretical discussion of the variables and processes that affect IHRM policies and practices is provided by renowned contributors with widely differing academic backgrounds, paradigmatic orientations, and theoretical and methodological approaches.
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Chapter 15: International Business Travellers: A Challenge for IHRM

Denice E. Welch and Verner Worm


Denice E. Welch and Verner Worm On average, I would go to Asia for two weeks and come back, go to the U.S. for two weeks and come back, go to Europe for two weeks and come back. And the next time I went to Asia [I would] probably go to a different part of it. I guess I was away – if you accumulated it – for 8 to 9 months of the year. (Senior Executive, Australian multinational) The field of international human resource management (IHRM) has developed from its early status as an infant field of scientific inquiry, as the contents of this Handbook indicate. When it comes to the issue of international assignments, however, there remains a dominance of interest in, and research on, the management of traditional expatriates, primarily because they comprise the bulk of international assignees (Skovbro & Worm, 2002). Expatriates have tended to be the preferred choice when faced with strategic staffing decisions pertaining to subsidiary operations (see, for example, Dowling & Welch, 2004). However multinationals are finding that supporting a large contingent of traditional expatriates is becoming more difficult, even though the expatriate failure rate is not as high as is often reported (see, for example, Forster, 1997; Tung, 1998). It has long been recognized that expatriates are expensive. Also the rise of dual career couples has made international relocation more complicated. Therefore cost containment and staff immobility are two of the main driving forces for the observed increase in the use of...

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