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ERIC Number: ED425274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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A Guide for Expatriate Training.
Wentland, Daniel
Implementation of a thorough expatriate selection process and an effective cross-cultural training (CCT) program can reduce expatriate failure rates. The selection process must determine compatibility and receptiveness of an employee and his or her family to an assignment overseas through worldwide recruitment, companywide screening for international talent, creation of opportunities to gain international experience, and promotion to top-level management positions. The costs of a failed assignment are loss of time and business opportunities, damaged relations with the firm's constituencies in the foreign country, and long-term negative impact upon reputation in the regional area. The Usable Content Model is built upon the premise that length and content of an effective CCT program depends on length and type of expatriate assignment. Recognizing that corporate constraints tend to reduce course content and length of training, the Model takes into account both potential and usable content. Usable content is referred to as the Familiarization Training Approach (FTA) and the Harmonization Training Approach (HTA). Potential content is referred to as the Unification Training Approach (UTA). A 3- to 4-day FTA provides area and cultural briefings, films/books about the host country, and cultural sensitivity training. A 5- to 7-day HTA includes FTA content plus role playing, critical incidents, and case studies. A 3- to 5-week UTA includes HTA content plus complete cross-cultural training for the employee's family and an overseas trip to the host company. (Contains 43 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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