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Expatriate assignments: the “same” job may require different tasks

Expatriate assignments: the “same” job may require different tasks Given a specific job, this paper aims to examine if the tasks change when moving from one country to another, and if so, whether such changes are at least partly a function of environmental factors.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-method approach (surveys and interviews) with professional-level expatriates based in the UAE.FindingsThe results indicated that the “same” job often required different tasks depending on the country. Given a matching job between home and host countries, 66 per cent of respondents indicated that the job was different and on average, 20 per cent of the job was perceived to be different. Environmental forces did account for meaningful task differences. Legal and regulatory forces were a particularly important driver of task differences.Practical implicationsIt is important to consider potential task differences in connection with expatriate assignments. Attending to task differences can have a positive impact on staffing, development and management processes.Originality/valueGiven the “same” job, the specific tasks may be different depending on the country. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Asia Business Studies Emerald Publishing

Expatriate assignments: the “same” job may require different tasks

Journal of Asia Business Studies , Volume 14 (2): 13 – Apr 20, 2020

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1558-7894
DOI
10.1108/jabs-03-2018-0092
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Abstract

Given a specific job, this paper aims to examine if the tasks change when moving from one country to another, and if so, whether such changes are at least partly a function of environmental factors.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-method approach (surveys and interviews) with professional-level expatriates based in the UAE.FindingsThe results indicated that the “same” job often required different tasks depending on the country. Given a matching job between home and host countries, 66 per cent of respondents indicated that the job was different and on average, 20 per cent of the job was perceived to be different. Environmental forces did account for meaningful task differences. Legal and regulatory forces were a particularly important driver of task differences.Practical implicationsIt is important to consider potential task differences in connection with expatriate assignments. Attending to task differences can have a positive impact on staffing, development and management processes.Originality/valueGiven the “same” job, the specific tasks may be different depending on the country.

Journal

Journal of Asia Business StudiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 20, 2020

Keywords: International assignments; Cross-cultural management; Corporate globalization; Foreign experience

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