A Theory based framework for the expatriate manager’s total rewards in times of economic uncertainty

Jane F. Maley, Miriam Moeller

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Abstract

While, expatriation has numerous well-documented benefits for organizations, it is often considered extremely costly and time consuming for MNCs. For this reason, when business conditions become hostile such as in times of economic uncertainty, the expatriate program in MNCs is typically targeted for cost saving. The ensuing outcome is argued to lead to a loss of trust with the MNC. Whilst in a crisis, costs need to be managed carefully and the pressure to increase the bottom line is unquestionably critical, we argue there is an additional need to judiciously explore ways to restructure the expatriate’s total rewards for work while limiting the loss of trust between the expatriate and the MNC. Real options theory is used to provide a theoretical framework to help understand how decisions can be made that encourage trust building between the expatriate and the MNC and at the same time focus on profit-maximization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationConference Programme
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherIrish Academy of Mangement
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Irish Academy of Management Conference (20th : 2017) - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Aug 20171 Sep 2017

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Irish Academy of Management Conference (20th : 2017)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period30/08/171/09/17

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Keywords

  • Expatriate Manager
  • Compensation
  • Economic Uncertainty
  • Real Options Theory

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Maley, J. F., & Moeller, M. (2017). A Theory based framework for the expatriate manager’s total rewards in times of economic uncertainty. In 20th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference 2017: Conference Programme Belfast: Irish Academy of Mangement.