In the line of fire: managing expatriates in hostile environments

Gannon, Judie and Paraskevas, Alexandros ORCID: (2017) In the line of fire: managing expatriates in hostile environments. The International Journal of Human Resource Management (RIJH), 30 (2). pp. 1737-1768. ISSN 0958-5192

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This study explores best practice in the preparation and protection of strategic human resources deployed by MNCs in hostile environments. By building on the literature from the areas of strategic and international human resource management (SIHRM), expatriation, as well as risk and crisis management, the limitations and gaps of the extant research are highlighted. This provides a foundation for our investigation through a series of in-depth interviews with corporate executives, and insurers and relocation specialists with professional expertise in protecting and supporting human resources. This represents the first time such a detailed picture of the partnerships between MNCs and the specialists, required to deliver preparation and protection in hostile environments, has been depicted in the IHRM literature. The findings identify the challenges MNCs face when protecting their human resources and highlights the importance of specialist expertise, knowledge and management. A framework for managing human resources within international hostile environments is subsequently developed offering an opportunity to systematically consider some of the ethical and strategic issues associated with the contemporary challenges of international mobility.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/09585192.2017.1322122
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Journal of Human Resource Management on 05/05/2017, available online:
Keywords: Hostile environments, expatriates, international human resource management, risk, insurers, relocation specialists, protection
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Hospitality
Business and finance > Business and management > International business
Hospitality and tourism > Hospitality > Risk and reputation management
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Depositing User: Alexandros Paraskevas
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2017 03:27
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:53


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