Learning Objectives

After reading and studying this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

16.1 Describe the advantages and disadvantages to standardizing HR practices in different locations of a business and barriers to standardization.

16.2 Examine the considerations an organization should make when expanding its business practices across borders such as cultural differences, unionization rates, and legal context.

16.3 Identify HRM practices that would benefit from local adjustments and those that would benefit from standardization across borders.

16.4 Summarize the forces affecting adjustment of expatriates to their overseas assignments and identify ways in which organizations can prepare expatriates for successful assignments.

16.5 Identify alternatives to longterm relocation assignments.