The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research study was to explore the experiences of 15 international executives with families following a postrelocation assignment in Latin America. The existing literature supported the themes that emerged from the results. The three themes were (a) overall good opportunity, (b) positive influence on family experience, and (c) concerns and challenges for the family. Of the three primary themes, other subthemes surfaced from the data. The results of the study indicated that international assignments have an overall positive influence on families, and the challenges and concerns can represent a potential threat for recruiters if they are not addressed to diminish them. The results indicated that even with minor challenges during the adjustment process, the gain of the experience extends beyond the relocation experience. Challenges and minor inconveniences that the executives and their families face are well compensated by the experience and knowledge obtained in a different culture. The majority of the studies identified the family relationship as the most important factor because spouse and children can have a direct influence on the decision to accept an international assignment. Career is another important factor because some expatriates accept the international assignment with the promise that they will have a better position in the future, while compensation is one of the less important factors. Managers should develop policies to support the expatriate in the transition and relocation process to ensure that they develop the appropriate policies to attract the required workforce.
|Commitee:||Bridgewater, Felicia, Heuss, Ronald|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Latin American Studies, International Relations, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Expatriates, Families, International relocation, Overseas jobs, Spouses, Success factors|
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