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Factors influencing the preparation, support and training of South African expatriates

A. J. Vogel, J. J. Van Vuuren
Acta Commercii | Vol 8, No 1 | a69 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v8i1.69 | © 2008 A. J. Vogel, J. J. Van Vuuren | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 December 2008 | Published: 05 December 2008

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A. J. Vogel, Dept of Business Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa
J. J. Van Vuuren, Dept of Business Management, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to determine if the independent variables; location of an international assignment, the age of an expatriate, the duration of an assignment and the management level of an expatriate, influence the preparation, support and training that they require for an international assignment.

Design/Methodology/Approach: This formal, empirical study was undertaken using an electronic questionnaire that was distributed to expatriates who were on an international assignment. Expatriates who were on an international assignment were thought to be in the best position to respond to their preparation, support and training needs.

Findings: The research found that the preparation, support and training required by South African expatriates are not influenced by the location of an international assignment, the age of the expatriate, the duration of an international assignment or the management level of the expatriate.

Implications: The findings highlight the fact that human resource managers of South African multinational enterprises should provide all their expatriates with the same preparation, support and training, as well as identifies five requirements that should be included in all South African expatriate policies.


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