Research Handbook of International Talent Management
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Research Handbook of International Talent Management

Edited by Yipeng Liu

International talent management has become a critically important topic for scholarly discussion, in policy debates, and among the business community. Despite this, however, research into talent management tends to lack theoretical underpinnings, especially from an international, multidisciplinary, and comparative perspective. This Research Handbook fills this gap, bringing together a range of leading researchers, scholars, and thinkers to debate and advance the conceptualization and understanding of this multifaceted subject.
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Chapter 5: Managing expatriates of emerging multinationals: An institutional work perspective

Di Fan, Yiyi Su and Zheng J. Yan

Abstract

This chapter proposes that institutions in host and home countries jointly determine expatriate management in emerging market multinational enterprises (EMNEs). Meanwhile, global work undertaken by expatriates in EMNEs dynamically shapes home and host institutions. Drawing from the institutional work perspective, this study identifies six forms of global work – boundary work, cultural work, identity work, practice work, strategy work and value work – to investigate the mechanism that underpins the institutional work and expatriate management. This chapter further examines the role of human resource management (HRM) in strategically managing expatriates and their assignments in a dynamic context. Demystifying global work in Chinese MNEs is illustrated through a cross-case qualitative comparison study. The chapter outlines general directions for future study on global work in the international business context.

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