—While many employees have become expatriates
and traveled thousands of miles to represent their companies
and organizations in overseas ventures and start-up new
locations, a common problem experienced by many is the lack
of proper training and preparation. The cause for this
ill-preparation or training can be linked to many different
causes, but the aim of this paper will be to focus on what can be
done to break down the barriers of miscommunication or
improper training (or lack of it) in order to help prepare and
training global managers to better prepare their expatriate staff
or better efficiency and effectiveness. The paper will examine
the past and current ways expatriates have been recruited,
selected, and trained for overseas placement. Then there will be
a focus on what happens to the expatriate once he or she is
overseas and the role and function of the global manager.
Finally, the last segment of this paper will look at how
expatriates deal with the process of repatriation and if it is
effective or note. While some organizations have developed best
practices in this area, not all organizations take the time to
benchmark what other organizations have been doing to better
prepare expatriates and global managers in these areas.
—Expatriate, global management, online
training, virtual management.
Bob Barrett is with the School of Business at American Public University,
Charles Town, WV 25414 USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:Bob G. Barrett, "Training Global Managers to Prepare and Train Expatriates
for More Efficiency and Effectiveness," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 196-201, 2014.