Ensuring Assignment Success: Candidate Readiness, Preparation, and Support
An international assignment is among the most complex, expensive, and strategically important process a business can undertake. They not only involve stakeholders from current business production processes, strategic development, and talent maintenance and growth, but also require a variety of support programs and personnel and several levels of management participation. Unlike domestic assignments, the employee’s family is an integral part of the process.
Done well, they provide a sustainable competitive advantage in business success and talent development
. Done poorly, they become expensive sinkholes, replete with hidden costs, failed objectives, lost opportunities, organizational conflicts, and departing talent. This paper provides a practical, management-action oriented approach to building an expat preparation and support program. It combines research findings, common sense, technology, and solid management thinking to provide a blueprint for an assignment’s success, both professionally and personally.
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