Expatriates are Invaluable for Global Firms



Expatriates are central to effective operations of multinationals. As globalization creates a closely interlinked global economy, business organisation looks for more opportunities in new markets. Countries are in different stages of development and there are opportunities opening up in different parts of the world. Exploiting these opportunities require a working business strategy that positions a business organisation in a better position than the competing firms. However, most organisations moving to new countries face cultural and management challenges because of cultural variation with their home countries (Heizman, Fee, and Gray 2018). To effectively introduce their organisation culture in a new business environment, multinationals relies on their experienced employees who are posted to new markets as expatriates (Kusumoto 2013).  Expatriates have experience working for the organisation, understand its mission and vision, and can manage the operations more effectively compared to newly recruited employees in the new market. However, expatriates are also faced with cultural challenges as well as acceptance in the new market.



Written Assignment – Individual Report (30%)
Research Topic:
Expatriates are invaluable for global firms and hence expatriate management
becomes critical.
1. Critically analyse the importance of expatriates.
2. Discuss the expatriate selection criteria for international assignments and
3. identify the main causes of expatriate failure.
Make recommendations of what global firms can do to manage the expatriation
process and avoid expatriate failure.
The following sections must be included in your report: Introduction, Main Body (use
sub-sections/headings), Conclusion and Recommendations and Reference List.

Students are required to write a 2,000word INDIVIDUAL REPORT based on the set
research topic. You will be assessed on your ability to recognise, critically analyse and
discuss the key issues in the topic, providing supporting examples where appropriate, and
on your ability to appropriately used reference material in support of your arguments. The
quality of the sources of information you use, as well as your referencing skills (e.g.
establishing linkages amongst the sources used within the assignment), will be assessed.
Written assignments must use the Chicago Referencing style and assignments that are
unsatisfactorily referenced will not be marked and the students will be notified. You
are expected to use at least 12 different academic sources to support your arguments
and discussion. The use of WIKIPEDIA online encyclopaedia is not allowed. Students
should be prepared to draw from different sources and provide an evaluation of relevant
scholarly perspectives pertaining to each question covered.
Please design and include a cover page and include student name and student ID,
also print the total word count on the cover page.

The required textbook(s) for this unit are:
Dowling P.J., M. Festing, and A.D. Engle. 2017 International Human Resource
Management. 7th edn. London: Cengage Learning EMEA.
(ISBN/ISSN: 978-1473719026)

In completing the formal written report, students are expected to:
a) Referencing : Incorporate the use of 12 different academic sources (minimum) to
support the discussion and use Chicago 16th edition referencing style. Failure to use a
minimum of 12 different academic sources will result in a penalty of 0.25 marks per
missing source.
b) Word count: Adhere to the 2000-word limit (with a leeway of +/- 10%; does not
include the cover page, contents page or the reference list). Failure to adhere to the word
limit will result in a penalty of 0.25 marks deducted for every 20 over or under the word
c) Structure: Use a formal report-writing structure where numbered headings are utilised
and the appropriate format used (cover page, contents page, introduction, body of
discussion, conclusion, recommendations and reference list)
d) Submission: Submit the assignment via Turnitin on Blackboard under the
Assessments tab.
 A student must apply for an assessment extension on the Assessment Extension Form, as
prescribed by the Academic Registrar. The form is available on the Forms page at
http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration. The student will be expected to lodge the
form and supporting documentation with the unit coordinator before the assessment
date/time or due date/time.
 If a late submission of assignment is accepted, students will be penalised by ten percent
per calendar day for a late assessment submission (eg a mark equivalent to 10% of the
total allocated for the assessment will be deducted from the marked value for every day
that the assessment is late).
e) Academic writing: Use the conventions of academic writing:
 The assignments must be typed on white A4 paper with 1.5 spacing, and a 2.5cm margin
at the top and bottom of the page, and on the right-hand and left-hand sides. You should
use 12 point font for the text (14 point font for headings, if you like), Times New Roman
 The assignments should be grammatically correct and well punctuated. As a tertiary level
student, a high standard of written English is expected. Your assignments should be clear,
concise, neatly presented, and easy to read. Failure to comply with these requirements
will result in a significant loss of marks.