HRM in a MNE - 1 Running head INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS...

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1 Running head: INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS International Assignments Brittoni Wilkins Professor Sandy Hughes Strayer University Global Human Resource Management 9/7/2014
2 INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS International Assignments Many firms considering the stage of entering into the global markets have the task of figuring out how to regulate its employees of the new subsidiary. The role of HR director would be to ensure that expatriates are equipped to handle their new international assignments. The HR director and the HR staff must collaborate to efficiently design and incorporate policies related to pre-departure training, performance evaluation, staffing alternatives, mentoring system, and the measurement of the Return on Investment associated with the international assignment. One of the key reasons for international assignments is to better develop management and give them a broader perspective. In efforts to prepare the expatriate to adjust more effectively to the new culture, pre-departure training is given. These training programs are to provide cultural awareness so that employees are aware of customs and behaviors of the host country. “Studies indicate that the essential components of pre-departure training programs that contribute to a smooth transition to a foreign location include: cultural awareness training, preliminary visits, language instruction, assistance with practical day-to-day matters and security briefings” (Dowling, Engle, Festing, 2013, p.177). In order to increase cultural awareness expatriates are trained on what to expect when working with people in the host country. “The training increases individual’s cultural intelligence which affects especially the general and interaction adjustment to the new culture. Expatriates

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