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Developing the local competence of expatriate managers for emerging markets: A knowledge-based approach

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  • Li, Shenxue
  • Scullion, Hugh
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    This paper proposes a theoretical framework for developing expatriate managers' local competence in emerging markets from a knowledge-based perspective. We argue that local knowledge in emerging markets differs significantly from corporate knowledge transferred to those markets, and that its very nature determines its critical importance to expatriate managers' business performance. We explore the processes and mechanisms through which local knowledge can be acquired and integrated into expatriate managers' knowledge base supporting local talent development and their effective strategic decision-making. We suggest that conventional local competence development strategies may not be effective methods for developing global managers for emerging markets.

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    Volume (Year): 45 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 190-196

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    Keywords: Local competence Expatriate manager Local knowledge Knowledge-based view Local talent development in emerging markets Talent management China;

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    1. Farndale, Elaine & Pai, Avinash & Sparrow, Paul & Scullion, Hugh, 2014. "Balancing individual and organizational goals in global talent management: A mutual-benefits perspective," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 204-214.
    2. Sidani, Yusuf & Al Ariss, Akram, 2014. "Institutional and corporate drivers of global talent management: Evidence from the Arab Gulf region," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 215-224.

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