Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present a review of the topic of repatriation and the potential benefits of the use of repatriated employees to enhance global knowledge and organizational learning in multinational corporations. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides an integrative literature review of articles published on repatriation, knowledge transfer, and organization learning 1999‐2009. Findings – The literature review revealed that repatriation is a growing field of study in international human resources, and must be addressed as a multidimensional phenomenon in order to capture a clear picture of the challenges and potential benefits resulting from repatriation. Originality/value – This paper suggests practical measures to address repatriation and identify gaps for future research.
European Journal of Training and Development – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 31, 2012
Keywords: Repatriation; Knowledge transfer; Knowledge sharing; Organization learning; Expatriates; Employees