Managing Global Workers and their Families: Understanding the Challenges, Demands and Outcomes of Various Global Work Experiences

Posted on 27/02/15.


Project members: Olivier Wurtz, Mark Bolino (Oklahoma), Steve Charlier (Georgia Southern University), Soshi Chen (Tel Aviv), Mihaela Dimitrova (Oakland University), Maria Kraimer (Iowa), Mila Lazarova (Simon Fraser), Sebastian Reiche (IESE), Margaret Shaffer (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Mina Westman (Tel Aviv).

Partners/participating organisations: Danone, Sanofi, Schlumberger, STMicroelectronics, Technip, ABB, Saipem, amongst others. The respondents comprise 3,500 global employees of 70 different nationalities working in 50 different countries, as well as some of their spouses.

In this project we examine the resources and demands that affect global workers and their families, in particular their adjustment, engagement and efficiency. We also investigate the spill-overs and cross-influences between professional and private life and between an employee and his or her partner and family. Global work experiences can vary significantly between those of corporate expatriates, international business travellers, short-term assignees, self-initiated expatriates, international commuters, global virtual team members, and global domestics. We therefore also try to understand the similarities and differences in experiences across various types of global work.

Managerially, this research aims at understanding better the challenges faced by global employees in order to help companies support them better. In particular, it will help companies to customize better the support provided depending of the type of global responsibilities (expatriates, international business travellers, short term assignees etc.). It will also enable companies to take measures to improve global employee work-life balance, as well as the support provided to their families or partners.

Project Leader: For more information about the project or possibilities for future collaboration, please contact Olivier Wurtz

Research Group: Human Resource Management