International Assignment - Experiences and Views of Expatriate Managers

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Mironski, Jacek Virta, Johanna 2018-09-10T09:23:10Z 2018-09-10T09:23:10Z 2018
dc.description.abstract Objectives The main objective of this study was to explore how managers describe their experiences as expatriates. In addition, the aim was to examine what are the most challenging situations that expatriate managers typically encounter and how they can overcome those challenges. Furthermore, another objective was to explore what expatriate managers find surprisingly simple to handle when they enter their new role, and finally what advice do managers give to future expatriate managers. Summary The primary research of this study was conducted via interviewing Finnish expatriate managers. The interviews were structured but qualitative in nature including open-ended questions that allowed the managers to freely describe their experiences. Furthermore, this research was primarily based on grounded theory methodology. Conclusions The overall conclusion of this research is that an international assignment is typically challenging, but rewarding. Expatriates are generally satisfied of their decision to enter an international assignment, and thus including an overseas assignment as part of one’s managerial career is recommended. Yet, significant variation exists concerning what managers typically find challenging or surprisingly simple to handle in their role. However, cultural differences are the main aspects that expatriate managers must consider and understand in order to succeed. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.title International Assignment - Experiences and Views of Expatriate Managers en
dc.type G1 Kandidaatintyö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Mikkelin kampus fi
dc.subject.keyword international assignment en
dc.subject.keyword expatriation en
dc.subject.keyword cross-cultural adjustment en
dc.subject.keyword grounded theory methodology en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201809105020
dc.type.ontasot Bachelor's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Kandidaatintyö fi
dc.programme (Mikkeli) Bachelor’s Program in International Business en

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