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Author Hipsher, Scott A.

Title Expatriates in Asia : breaking free from the colonial paradigm / Scott A. Hipsher
Published Oxford : Chandos, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 207 pages) : illustrations
Series Chandos Asian studies series
Chandos Asian studies series.
Contents Cover; Expatriates in Asia:Breaking free from thecolonial paradigm; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; About the author; List of acronyms; 1 The colonial paradigm; Creation and development of the colonial paradigm in Asia; Influence of classical colonial literature; Modern reinforcement of the colonial paradigm; Problems created by the colonial paradigm; The expatriate experience; 2 Current expatriate practices and assumptions; Academic literature and the colonial paradigm; Current expatriate human resources practices; Academic literature on selection and training of expatriates
5 The nature of the business environment within AsiaEntrepreneurial orientation as opposed to corporate orientation; Scale of business enterprises in Asia; Legal and political environment and effects on business practices in Asia; Labor relations in Asia; HR management practices in Asia; 6 Asian dimensions of culture; Individualism versus collectivism; Power distance; Uncertainty avoidance; Masculinity versus femininity; Long-term versus short-term orientation; Culturally based business practices; 7 Stories from the front lines: experiences of expatriates working in Asia; Dan from New Zealand
Academic literature on expatriate support and adjustmentAcademic literature on expatriate repatriation; Overview of the academic expatriate literature; 3 Need for a paradigm shift; Changing economic patterns; Changing trade patterns; Changing patterns of education and technological expertise; Changing nature of work; 4 Making the paradigm shift; Understanding your own culture; Understanding the overlapping cultures people live in; The importance of the study of foreign languages; Removing cultural benchmarks and a three-level conceptual framework
Heather from AmericaMalcolm from the UK; Carrie from Canada; Jennifer from Canada; Scott from the USA; 8 Working in individual countries; China; Japan; Thailand; Cambodia; 9 Expatriate HR management under the new paradigm; Recruitment and selection; Training; Management, support and development of expatriates; Re-entry; Conclusion; 10 The future of expatriate workers; The virtual expatriate; Increased globalization or isolation?; Asian expatriates; Final thoughts and conclusion; References; Index
Summary The Asia-Pacific region is recognized as the fastest growing economic region in the world as well as one of the most difficult places for expatriates to work. Classical literature, modern popular entertainment, as well as academic studies often create an impression of Asia in the West which can encourage the formation of a set of expectations about working in Asia that hinder the expatriate adjustment process. This book provides conceptual frameworks as well as practical advice on working in the exciting and challenging environments found in the dynamic and diverse continent of Asia. Identifies and describes the Colonial Paradigm and how it affects the perceptions of Western expatriatesIdentifies and describes the phenomenon of the independent expatriateProvides case studies to illustrate both the challenges and rewards of the expatriate experience in Asia
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-201) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
Print version record
Subject Aliens -- Asia.
Foreign workers -- Asia.
Asia -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1780632460 (electronic bk.)
9781780632469 (electronic bk.)