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Repatriation in Australian Organisations: Effects of Function and Value of International Assignment on Program Scope

Newton, Sarah, Hutchings, Kate, & Kabanoff, Boris (2007) Repatriation in Australian Organisations: Effects of Function and Value of International Assignment on Program Scope. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 45(3), pp. 295-313.

Abstract

The rapid internationalisation of organisations in recent years has heightened interest in the need for cross-cultural preparation and support of individuals undertaking international assignments, and the reverse culture shock and adjustment issues that face repatriates. Research has suggested that organisations that do not successfully repatriate their employees will lose financially from attrition and lose knowledge gained from repatriates' international experience. Prior research has demonstrated that intense repatriation programs are the most e fective means of retaining repatriates and transferring their knowledge, yet many organisations do not employ repatriation programs. This paper investigates factors that influence Australian organisations to utilise repatriation programs, and proposes that the function of international transfer and organisations' beliefs about the value of international experience will determine the scope of repatriation programs. Based on research conducted in 2003, the findings suggest that Australian organisations recognise the importance of repatriation, but provide insu ficient support.

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ID Code: 12147
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Australia, Experience, Function, Repatriation, Scope
ISSN: 1038-4111
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > International Business (150308)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:32

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