HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Lessons from Fred Bailey’s Expatriate Experience in Japan: Proactively Preparing Employees for International Assignments

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2011

Publication Title

Journal of Business Studies Quarterly

ISSN or ISBN

2152-1034

Volume

2

Issue

4

First Page

42

Last Page

52

Description

The article highlights the experience of an American manager transferred to work in Japan. The manager finds the social and business culture of Tokyo to be very different from his home country. The experience becomes so frustrating as to make him and his wife consider giving up and going back to the United States. The article offers an important case study for exploration of factors that impact effective international assignments. The article shines the light on the need for training that incorporates cultural awareness and effective business practices. The intended contribution of this article is to summarize the case and outline the international human resources practices of the firm and how they can proactively improve things for future expatriates. It examines the problem the expatriate and his family are facing and provides suggested alternatives and an implementation plan as to how the issue can be resolved.

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