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International Assignment Programs: Tackling the Critical Issues

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International Assignment Programs: Tackling the Critical Issues
By Roger Herod

2009, 30 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-586-44125-8
SHRMStore Item #: 61.15502

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Managing international assignment programs in today's business environment has become increasingly challenging. Companies have more and more nationalities, locations, and assignment types to deal with -- and usually only a very limited HR staff to manage these programs. The intent of International Assignment Programs is to highlight the most critical issues, focusing on three key areas -- dealing with policy dilemmas, addressing expatriate concerns, and establishing effective administration systems.

This other titles in SHRM's Global HR Management Series are

  • Benchmarking International Assignment Programs: Assessing Overall Effectiveness
  • Expatriate Compensation Strategies: Applying Alternative Approaches
  • Expatriate Compensation: The Balance Sheet Approach
  • Global Compensation and Benefits: Developing Policies for Local Nationals
  • Managing the International Assignment Process: From Selection Through Repatriation
  • Short-Term International Assignments: Implementing Effective Policies

 Praise for the Book

"I was impressed find most of the key aspects of a good international mobility program covered in International Assignment Programs. It is a very useful reference that validates what my company is doing right and provides inspiration and practical guidance on what we can do better." -- Andrew P. Walker, Thomson Reuters
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 About the Author


Roger Herod, SPHR, is a Principal with Mercer, based in Chicago. He carries out a wide range of global projects for major multinational clients in the United States and Europe, particularly focused on global compensation, benefits, and mobility issues.

Herod has held senior-level international human resources positions since 1974, working extensively in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, as well as having lived in the U.K., Belgium, Switzerland, and, at present, the United States. He has worked for such leading companies as Procter & Gamble, General Foods, R.J. Reynolds, and Campbell Soup, where he was Vice President, HR for Campbell Soup's International Division. A graduate of Manchester University in the U.K., he is a Chartered Fellow of the U.K. Institute of Personnel Management and Development.

Herod, who has served on the Board of Directors of SHRM's HR Certification Institute, has been extensively involved in the development of the GPHR certification program and has spoken at a wide range of seminars and conferences. He is also the editor of the International Human Resources Guide, and has had articles published in various journals, including Benefits and Compensation International and Mobility.


 Table of Contents



Controversial Policy Areas

Expatriate Concerns

Program Management



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