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Globalising the international mobility function the role of emerging markets, flexibility and strategic delivery models

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Journal publication date2012
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Journal number12
Volume23
Number of pages24
Pages2404-2427
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper reports on a study of functional delivery strategies used in international mobility (IM) functions as they support the organisation in its pursuit of globalisation. This study is based on 47 interviews with International Mobility Directors across a variety of sectors. It examines how these managers use three strategies to manage local responsiveness (emerging market strategy as an industrial push force; flexibility strategy as an environmental demand or pull force; and strategic HR delivery model as an administrative heritage, organisational capability and infrastructure force) to enhance the ability of the IM function to perform globally as the organisation seeks to both co-ordinate (develop linkages between geographically dispersed units of a function) and control (regulate functional activities to align them with expectations) mobility activity across borders.