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Andreas Weber's Reward for Success in an International Assignment (A): A Return to an Uncertain Future

Published 01 Jan 2003
Reference 5080
Region Global
Summary

Andreas Weber was selected as a “high potential” in a large German bank early in his career, and was posted on an international assignment to the USA. Over time, he progressed swiftly in the New York office. When he and his wife decided to return home after several years, headquarters was not able to find a position for him back in Germany that was requisite with his experience and skills. The case ends with Andreas wondering what he should do.

Teaching objectives

The main objectives are to illustrate the impact of an international assignment on career advancement and professional development, the career-related dilemmas faced by expatriate managers and the difficulties awaiting them upon return from an overseas assignment. Students must reflect on the factors that contributed to reentry problems, and explore approaches to improve international career management and repatriation practices.

Keywords
  • Expatriate manager
  • International assignment
  • Career development
  • Leadership development
  • International human resource management
  • Repatriation
  • International careers
  • Career planning. AR2003
  • AR0203
  • RD0103