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7. Short-Term International Assignment Challenges for Emerging Market Firm Employees

Author : Iris Koleša

Published in: Becoming an International Manager

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Short-term international assignees face different challenges in terms of role transitioning and identity work related to their international employee mobilities for emerging market firms compared to those experienced by long-term international assignees. In this chapter, I outline some of the specificities of short-term assignees’ role transitions and identity work as identified through pilot interviews with two sole proprietors, startup representatives, a representative of a business accelerator, a high-tech small and medium-sized enterprise, two large, mature emerging market multinationals (one manufacturing and one service firm), and a developed market subsidiary operating in Slovenia. The results indicate that these assignees have a reduced need for integration into the host environments as well as adjustment of their extant roles and identities. Often, their expertise (and, when applicable, headquarters origin) is sufficient grounds for establishing their role legitimacy abroad.

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Footnotes
1
See Caza et al. (2018) for a discussion on the different modes of identity work activities: cognitive, discursive, physical, and behavioural identity work. Preliminary inferences on their use in managerial international assignments are made in Sect. 8.​2.
 
2
Individuals reported identity work focused on their self as a whole that resulted from a one-off ‘life-changing’ event instead (international assignments were extremely rare not only in the pilot firms but also in their local environments). Such identity work is beyond the scope of this study and provides an opportunity for future research.
 
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Metadata
Title
Short-Term International Assignment Challenges for Emerging Market Firm Employees
Author
Iris Koleša
Copyright Year
2021
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87395-0_7

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