The management of Chinese MNEs' expatriates: The current status and future research agenda

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Purpose - Expatriate management is a popular topic in international human resource management (IHRM) because expatriates play a critical role in a firm s international business operations. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the existing studies that often examine the expatriate management of developed country multinational enterprises (MNEs), aiming to help them identify, employ, prepare and retain expatriates and address challenges these MNEs may face, while how MNEs from emerging countries manage their expatriates is understudied. Design/methodology/approach - The knowledge of expatriate management from emerging market MNEs (EMNEs) may help us understand whether there is anything new for IHRM theory and practice. This conceptual paper aims to address this research gap by selecting China, a leading emerging economy, and reviewing the existing literature in both English and Chinese to examine the status quo of the expatriate management in Chinese MNEs to highlight challenges facing these MNEs in managing their expatriates when conducting outward foreign direct investment (FDI). Findings - This paper aims to make theoretical contributions by generating research propositions to address an under-researched area, i.e., how EMNEs manage their expatriates and the role of their expatriates in the outward FDI.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289 - 302
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Global Mobility: the home of expatriate management research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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