A race against time: training and support for short-term international assignments

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dc.contributor.author Conroy Kieran, M.
dc.contributor.author McDonnell, Anthony
dc.contributor.author Holzleitner, Katrin
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-06T11:41:03Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-06T11:41:03Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12-10
dc.identifier.citation Conroy, K. M., McDonnell, A. and Holzleitner, K. (2018) 'A race against time: training and support for short-term international assignments', Journal of Global Mobility, 6(3/4), pp. 299-315. doi: 10.1108/JGM-05-2018-0022 en
dc.identifier.volume 6 en
dc.identifier.issued 3/4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 299 en
dc.identifier.endpage 315 en
dc.identifier.issn 2049-8799
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9451
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/JGM-05-2018-0022 en
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the specific forms of training and support that individuals on short-term international assignments (SIAs) receive. It further explores issues such as short notice prior to departure and how this impacts the type of training and support compared to what the extant literature on expatriates intimates. Scholars and practitioners both agree that the increasing deployment of individuals on SIAs presents significant challenges that have not yet been met with the development of appropriate organisational policies and practices. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on in-depth exploratory qualitative interviews with a sample of German assignees, the paper is abductive in nature with semi-structured interviews analysed through thematic based analysis. The data analysis identifies the need for more tailored training and support through formal and informal mechanisms, developed in pre-departure and post-arrival contexts. Findings: The paper makes key contributions through providing much needed empirical evidence on the training and support short-term assignees receive and in so doing we identify specific forms of training and supports deemed relevant from the perspective of individuals on SIAs. Given the inherent time constraints for SIAs, the significance of informal support, in both pre-departure and post-arrival contexts is especially emphasised. Originality/value: The paper is one of the first empirical pieces of work to explicitly consider the specific forms of training and support that SIAs consider important. The authors answer calls for greater consideration into the significance of developing a more tailored and strategic approach to managing SIAs as a specific form of an international assignee. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Publishing Limited en
dc.rights © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. This manuscript version is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject Training en
dc.subject Support en
dc.subject Post-arrival en
dc.subject Pre-departure en
dc.subject Short-term international assignee en
dc.title A race against time: training and support for short-term international assignments en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Anthony Mcdonnell, Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: anthony.mcdonnell@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2020-01-06T11:32:12Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 500172554
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Journal of Global Mobility en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress anthony.mcdonnell@ucc.ie en


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