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Furthermore, many studies in the area are related to large organizations. Small and large organizations might have different opinions of measures that should be taken in order to achieve successful repatriation. For instance, large firms might have more resources compared to small companies. More research concerning small firms and repatriation programs is therefore needed. It is possible that different industries generally are favoring a certain set of measures in their repatriation. Therefore we think it could be necessary for further research related to the type of industry and repatriation measures since this could add important information to existing theory. In this study we have focused on the repatriation measures our case study companies offer their repatriates. It could be interesting to study how the repatriates in our case study companies' perceive the repatriation programs, as this would enhance further understanding of the repatriation programs offered by our case study companies. 75
Successful repatriation aims at capturing the experience and knowledge of the repatriates. Another important area to study is if a successful repatriation program generally leads to this possibility for the company. It would also be interesting to investigate the relationship between measures adopted and the retention of repatriates. 6.4.4 Implications for the model In this final part of the study we would briefly like to discuss and give implications for the model developed by Jassawalla et al (2004). In some cases implications for the model go hand in hand with our implications for theory and/or future research. The model is open for firms’ own perceptions about what should be included in the different actions to create effective repatriation. More research could therefore be done in order to develop a more comprehensive model that also includes, for instance, what the relocation package should include to be effective. The model is a new approach, which describe repatriation in three different stages. As this is a new way of looking at repatriation more research concerning the different measures that can be taken in each stage of the repatriation is needed. Jassawalla et al, (2004) describe repatriation as a process starting prior to an expatriate's departure abroad. We believe that further research is needed in order to support this model as other authors not always describe repatriation as a process and as we found a number of divergences between our collected data and the model. In order to check the validity of the model we believe that it could be interesting to keep the aim to investigate a repatriation program in the three different stages, but when doing so, exclude the theory of Jassawalla et al (2004). By focusing on describing the measures recommended by other authors in the three specific stages the validity of the measures in the model of Jassawalla et al (2004) could be proofed further.

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