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Managing local employees: expatriate roles in a subsidiary

Managing local employees: expatriate roles in a subsidiary Purpose – In order to identify expatriate roles in a subsidiary it is necessary to go beyond those functions which are subservient to the headquarters. This paper sets out to prescribe a new spectrum of development roles with respect to varying capabilities and development needs of local employees. Design/methodology/approach – The roles of expatriates are analyzed based on seven case studies conducted with top automobile manufacturers in Thailand: Toyota Motor Thailand; Hino Motors (Thailand); Honda Automobile (Thailand); Isuzu Motors (Thailand); BMW (Thailand); DaimlerChrysler (Thailand); and Auto Alliance (Thailand). Findings – Four types of expatriate roles – commander, conductor, coach, and connector – are proposed; the roles correspond to the degree of task readiness and managerial capabilities of local employees. Practical implications – The paper provides a tool that will help expatriates understand their roles according to the technical skills and managerial capabilities of local employees. Originality/value – The paper offers practical advice for diagnosing expatriate roles and their training prior to assignment to a subsidiary. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Decision Emerald Publishing

Managing local employees: expatriate roles in a subsidiary

Management Decision , Volume 46 (5): 18 – May 23, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0025-1747
DOI
10.1108/00251740810873743
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Abstract

Purpose – In order to identify expatriate roles in a subsidiary it is necessary to go beyond those functions which are subservient to the headquarters. This paper sets out to prescribe a new spectrum of development roles with respect to varying capabilities and development needs of local employees. Design/methodology/approach – The roles of expatriates are analyzed based on seven case studies conducted with top automobile manufacturers in Thailand: Toyota Motor Thailand; Hino Motors (Thailand); Honda Automobile (Thailand); Isuzu Motors (Thailand); BMW (Thailand); DaimlerChrysler (Thailand); and Auto Alliance (Thailand). Findings – Four types of expatriate roles – commander, conductor, coach, and connector – are proposed; the roles correspond to the degree of task readiness and managerial capabilities of local employees. Practical implications – The paper provides a tool that will help expatriates understand their roles according to the technical skills and managerial capabilities of local employees. Originality/value – The paper offers practical advice for diagnosing expatriate roles and their training prior to assignment to a subsidiary.

Journal

Management DecisionEmerald Publishing

Published: May 23, 2008

Keywords: Expatriates; Human resource management; Automotive industry; Skills; Thailand

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