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Managing Expatriates by Yvonne McNulty, Kerr Inkson

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Chapter 1

Basics of Expatriation

CASE: Craig Phillips, Fly-In Commando

Craig Phillips is English. He is in his early forties. And he describes himself as a “fly-in commando.” What does he mean?

For the past 15 months, Craig has been in Vietnam with his wife and three children, working for a large multinational company, Praxis, in a service industry. Craig’s job title is “country manager”: he manages all his company’s operations in Vietnam. His main task is to set up and expand a joint venture between his parent company and local business interests. He has been with Praxis for 12 years, and in that time Vietnam has become the fifth country he has resided and worked in.

Craig’s suitability for the role in Vietnam are his understanding of the ...

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