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Managing Expatriates by Yvonne McNulty, Kerr Inkson

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Chapter 6

Expatriate Psychological Contracts

This has never been a hire and fire firm; it’s been a considered, conservative organization which takes its time over building up staff resources, and equally takes its time if staff resources have to be wound down. That I think is part of the psychological contract that exists, and it’s not written down anywhere, the mutual understanding between the company and its staff. It’s not necessarily always looking up the letter of the law or the letter of the contract, but it tries to absorb some of the spirit of the situation, the spirit of the contract.

—Middle Manager, 39 years, Europe

Every expatriate working for an MNC is an employee of, or contractor to, that organization and, therefore, in an employment ...

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