Exploring Diversity Management in Transnational Corporations Through the Lens of Migration and Expatriation

Kingsley U. Utam, Uduak Archibong, Sean Walton, Cyril Eshareturi

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In this study, we aim to develop an understanding of the similarity between migration and expatriation,identify both as elements in diversity, and draw attention to the additional layer of ethnic diversity created by the high number of top management expatriates in some Nigerian subsidiaries of transnational corporations.Using the qualitative research design, we thematically analysed data from semi structured interviews with six indigenous managers in four transnational corporations. We found a significant number of expatriate managers in two subsidiaries and a lack of diversity management framework to address the new layer of diversity as reflected in the unequal treatment of indigenous managers. We conclude that migration and expatriation are similar and could be better managed through effective diversity management framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Change
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020

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