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Globally it is known that international managers are a valuable resource to all organisations.
However, it is relatively unknown what challenges these managers face in reality and how to manage such challenges in order to retain their skills, knowledge and expertise within MNEs.This study attempted to understand the challenges facing new international managers in order to determine whether a gap exists between what new international managers on assignment are actually facing and what experienced managers perceive they are facing.An exploratory research approach using a qualitative methodology was followed using a sample comprising of six new international managers and 24 experienced international managers.
Findings suggest that a gap exists between the challenges new international managers are facing in reality, and the assumptions and perceptions of experienced international managers.
It is recommended that the MNE review current human resources recruitment and management policies, implement hiring policies based on skills and competencies beyond technical ability, and establish cross-cultural programmes to address the challenges facing new international managers.
I am an internationally experienced management graduate with a MPhil in Business Management having completed my thesis on the challenges facing new international managers while on assignment.
I have worked in both the private and public sector and have worked and studied in Brazil, Curacao (Dutch Caribbean), South Africa and the The Netherlands.
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