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Managing Expatriates by Yvonne McNulty, Kerr Inkson

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Chapter 5

Global Careers

Is somebody sitting down with me and doing career planning? There may be, but they ‘ain’t talking to me. I think it’s part of the culture of the organization. You’re as good as your last project. I don’t think sending people on assignment is in some cases linked to career progression. It’s more or less, well there’s a hole and just put somebody in there.

—Senior Vice President, 45 years, Asia Pacific

Forget repatriation. The world is now a giant employment pool, where international experience acquired through continuous global mobility is a critical asset. Talent shortages are the norm, and those with talent willing to move across geographical borders are in demand. Expatriate careers may not be new, but how they unfold, ...

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