Michael J. Morley, Noreen Heraty and David G. Collings rightly indicate that globalization, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other forces in contemporary business make the subject of expatriation and expatriate management important. However, this compilation will probably interest academics more than businesspeople seeking guidance, because the discussion in most of its essays is more analytical than practical. The authors are academicians and their book addresses scholarly concerns. They make frequent allusions to research, but provide few examples of actual business experiences. Unfortunately, their writing has a rather pedantic, bookish personality as well, leading getAbstract to recommend the book primarily to other scholars in this area. However, businesspeople who need to know about the impact of expatriate assignments on their companies and their employees may want to accept these educational insights on their own terms. Academic information is considerably superior to no information at all.
In this summary, you will learn
- What the latest academic research concludes about corporate employees in foreign countries;
- What these findings indicate about the business value of expatriation; and
- What academicians have to say about the human resource issues involved in overseas assignments.
About the Authors
Michael J. Morley is assistant dean and director of the Graduate Center of Business at the University of Limerick, where Noreen Heraty is a lecturer on human resource management in the Kemmy Business School's department of personnel and employment relations. David G. Collings is a lecturer in human resource management and organizational behavior at the Sheffield University Management School, U.K.