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Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals by Paula Caligiuri

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CHAPTER 8

DEVELOPING CULTURAL AGILITY THROUGH INTERNATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS

Among the experiential opportunities companies can offer, the most often used—and potentially the most developmental—is the international assignment or expatriate experience. To round out the learning system, this chapter focuses on how international assignments can be best structured to build cultural agility in the workforce.

Jake Shannon, an American culturally agile professional, recalls many significant developmental cross-cultural experiences throughout his life, some occurring long before the start of his professional career. Jake was born in Japan and lived in five states in the United States as well as Germany on two separate occasions. These eight moves, three internationally, ...

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