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Director of IHRM Program: Training Areas for Expatriate Managers

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As training director of a U.S. based IHRM program, what do you feel would be the three most important areas that should be included in a program for training expatriate managers who will be sent to developing countries where English is not a primary language?

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When a multinational or transnational corporation utilizes the ethnocentric approach for filling management positions in foreign countries, HR professionals should carefully evaluate each candidate for their personal and personality qualities. Once the candidates have been chosen training must be provided to ensure that the candidates thrive in the foreign country.

Training should include:

Cultural Training: Learning about the host (or "foreign" country) culture will allow home country managers to empathize with the local population as well as the following reasons:

Collectivist vs. Individualist society: This is important for rewards and discipline of workers.

Social Stratification: This is also important for rewards and discipline of workers. Additionally, expatriates may be viewed negatively by the general population because they are "rich" compared to them. In some ...

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This solution discusses cultural training, and training for social traditions, norms and customs, social stratification, religion, politics, language and practical training. This solution is 545 words.