A Self-Organization Perspective on the Impact of Local verses Global Assignment Strategies and Knowledge Building
Multinationals have decreased use of expatriates, thus altering the diversity of people at local offices and headquarters. The impact on knowledge building is examined in terms of self-organization theories.
||Multinational Enterprises, Expatriation, Diversity, Knowledge Building, Self-organization
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.57-66.
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Dr Fontaine's primary professional interests center on persons, teams and organizations as they encounter the adjustment, interaction and motivation challenges of "strange lands" - novel and rapidly changing ecologies characterized by new people, places and technologies. Over the years he has applied this focus in research, teaching and intervention activities to contexts such as international assignments in business and government, our diverse, rapidly changing workplaces and communities at home, geographically dispersed teams, distance learning, knowledge creation and transfer, criminal justice, service delivery, and close relationships such as marriage. His most recent emphasis has been on 'coaching' teams, managers and leaders to deal with intercultural and international diversity effectively.
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