MAXIMIZING EXPATRIATE PERFORMANCE: A Study Examining the Most Effective Methods to Send Employees Abroad

Open Access
Coleman, Kenneth Harrison
Area of Honors:
Interdisciplinary in Supply Chain and Information Systems and Psychology
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Dr Robert A Novack; Dr James L Farr, Thesis Supervisor
  • Robert Alexander Novack, Thesis Supervisor
  • James Lewis Farr, Thesis Supervisor
  • John C Spychalski, Honors Advisor
  • Richard Alan Carlson, Honors Advisor
  • Expatriation
  • international business
  • training
  • selection
  • culture shock
  • repatriation
This thesis strives to delve into the specifics of long-term expatriation by: 1) examining how to select the best employees for international assignments; 2) how to properly prepare them for their new assignment; and 3) how to properly support the employee while abroad and prepare them for reintegration into the home organization and culture. This thesis will review current psychological and business journal articles and periodicals, reference current company policies surrounding expatriation, as well as make suggestions for companies looking to provide international assignments for their employees. The interviews conducted combine information and personal accounts provided by HR professionals and expatriates from three different multi-billion dollar companies in a diverse range of industries.