Selecting candidates and managing expatriate assignments in China

Daniel W. Lund, Ronald Jean Degen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

To ensure the success of expatriate assignment in China, it is critical that the most suitable candidates are chosen. This article provides a strategic model for selecting, training, and supporting personnel and their families for assignments in China and for helping them adjust to Chinese cultures. Home-country reintegration strategies are also provided for developing experienced expatriates into global organizational leaders. Well-planned selection, preparation, support, and reintegration programs help to increase expatriates' overall assignment effectiveness and avoid the high costs associated with expatriate failures. The proposed model is based on Fernandez and Underwood's (2006) critical success qualities of expatriate managers in China and Avril and Magnini's (2007) success qualities for expatriates and their families. A prescription for expatriate effectiveness is proposed based on Lund and Barker's (2007) study of expatriate managers' effectiveness in China, along with models for promoting effective pre-departure preparation and new-country adjustment support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-72
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Business and Organizational Excellence
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

China
Assignment
Expatriates
Expatriate managers
Preparation
Home country
Prescription
Costs
Chinese culture
Personnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Cite this

Selecting candidates and managing expatriate assignments in China. / Lund, Daniel W.; Degen, Ronald Jean.

In: Global Business and Organizational Excellence, Vol. 30, No. 1, 11.2010, p. 60-72.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lund, Daniel W. ; Degen, Ronald Jean. / Selecting candidates and managing expatriate assignments in China. In: Global Business and Organizational Excellence. 2010 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 60-72.
@article{a0bf30e1161e4709b71403c2a2123dee,
title = "Selecting candidates and managing expatriate assignments in China",
abstract = "To ensure the success of expatriate assignment in China, it is critical that the most suitable candidates are chosen. This article provides a strategic model for selecting, training, and supporting personnel and their families for assignments in China and for helping them adjust to Chinese cultures. Home-country reintegration strategies are also provided for developing experienced expatriates into global organizational leaders. Well-planned selection, preparation, support, and reintegration programs help to increase expatriates' overall assignment effectiveness and avoid the high costs associated with expatriate failures. The proposed model is based on Fernandez and Underwood's (2006) critical success qualities of expatriate managers in China and Avril and Magnini's (2007) success qualities for expatriates and their families. A prescription for expatriate effectiveness is proposed based on Lund and Barker's (2007) study of expatriate managers' effectiveness in China, along with models for promoting effective pre-departure preparation and new-country adjustment support.",
author = "Lund, {Daniel W.} and Degen, {Ronald Jean}",
year = "2010",
month = "11",
doi = "10.1002/joe.20359",
language = "English",
volume = "30",
pages = "60--72",
journal = "Global Business and Organizational Excellence",
issn = "1932-2054",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Inc.",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Selecting candidates and managing expatriate assignments in China

AU - Lund, Daniel W.

AU - Degen, Ronald Jean

PY - 2010/11

Y1 - 2010/11

N2 - To ensure the success of expatriate assignment in China, it is critical that the most suitable candidates are chosen. This article provides a strategic model for selecting, training, and supporting personnel and their families for assignments in China and for helping them adjust to Chinese cultures. Home-country reintegration strategies are also provided for developing experienced expatriates into global organizational leaders. Well-planned selection, preparation, support, and reintegration programs help to increase expatriates' overall assignment effectiveness and avoid the high costs associated with expatriate failures. The proposed model is based on Fernandez and Underwood's (2006) critical success qualities of expatriate managers in China and Avril and Magnini's (2007) success qualities for expatriates and their families. A prescription for expatriate effectiveness is proposed based on Lund and Barker's (2007) study of expatriate managers' effectiveness in China, along with models for promoting effective pre-departure preparation and new-country adjustment support.

AB - To ensure the success of expatriate assignment in China, it is critical that the most suitable candidates are chosen. This article provides a strategic model for selecting, training, and supporting personnel and their families for assignments in China and for helping them adjust to Chinese cultures. Home-country reintegration strategies are also provided for developing experienced expatriates into global organizational leaders. Well-planned selection, preparation, support, and reintegration programs help to increase expatriates' overall assignment effectiveness and avoid the high costs associated with expatriate failures. The proposed model is based on Fernandez and Underwood's (2006) critical success qualities of expatriate managers in China and Avril and Magnini's (2007) success qualities for expatriates and their families. A prescription for expatriate effectiveness is proposed based on Lund and Barker's (2007) study of expatriate managers' effectiveness in China, along with models for promoting effective pre-departure preparation and new-country adjustment support.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=77958550659&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=77958550659&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/joe.20359

DO - 10.1002/joe.20359

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:77958550659

VL - 30

SP - 60

EP - 72

JO - Global Business and Organizational Excellence

JF - Global Business and Organizational Excellence

SN - 1932-2054

IS - 1

ER -