A configurational perspective of international mobility

Debra Da Silva

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The proliferation of research into alternative forms of international mobility is challenging the singular focus on expatriation as a human resources strategy. The need to move beyond expatriation must be answered by a move beyond the geographical determinism that has narrowed the IHRM field in the first place. An MNC workforce must be conceptualised as a holistic taxonomy that accommodates a variety of employment structures and HR practices. This study develops and empirically tests a new taxonomy of an MNC workforce using a single case study of an MNC within the Asia Pacific region. Two primary constructs of strategic mobility and identity orientation replace ethnocentric constraints. The key results indicate that four distinct groups of employees exist within an MNC. These employees differed along the constructs of strategic mobility and identity. HR policies designed to help were negatively perceived by employees. A lack of organisational support reinforced negative experiences of employees identifying with their unit level. Further testing of the taxonomy across multiple cases is recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAM 2011
Subtitle of host publicationManagement Culture in the 21st Century
Place of PublicationBrussels, Belgium
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9789985982471
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventAnnual Conference of the European Academy of Management - Talinn, Estonia
Duration: 01 Jun 201104 Jun 2011


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Academy of Management

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