What locals want: Jordanian employees' views on expatriate managers

Jawad Syed, Nour George Hazboun, Peter A. Murray

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Abstract

This paper sheds light on the expatriate-local relationship based on local employees' perspectives of expatriate managers. Drawing on a survey of local employees working in three Western multinational banks in Jordan, the study explores local employees' views on expatriate managers and their performance. The study reveals that local employees are generally indifferent to their manager's nationality as long as the manager has the capability to drive the subsidiary forward. However, one key concern of locals is the ability of expatriates to adapt to the local culture and business environment. The study also points towards a significant gap between the formal rationale for expatriation by multinational companies and what local employees perceive as real reasons behind expatriation.

LanguageEnglish
Pages212-233
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume25
Issue number2
Early online date6 Aug 2013
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Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Syed, Jawad ; Hazboun, Nour George ; Murray, Peter A. / What locals want : Jordanian employees' views on expatriate managers. In: International Journal of Human Resource Management. 2014 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 212-233.
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What locals want : Jordanian employees' views on expatriate managers. / Syed, Jawad; Hazboun, Nour George; Murray, Peter A.

In: International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 25, No. 2, 2014, p. 212-233.

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