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Expatriates in Asia: Breaking Free From the Colonial Paradigm

Expatriates in Asia: Breaking Free From the Colonial Paradigm

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Summary: The Asia-Pacific region is recognized as the fastest growing economic region in the world as well as one of the most difficult places for expatriates to work. Classical literature, modern popular entertainment, as well as academic studies often create an impression of Asia in the West which can encourage the formation of a set of expectations about working in Asia that hinder the expatriate adjustment process. The book provides conceptual frameworks as well as practical advice on working in the exciting and challenging environments found in the dynamic and diverse continent of Asia. Key Features: Identifies and describes the Colonial Paradigm and how it affects the perceptions of Western expatriates Identifies and describes the phenomenon of the independent expatriate Provides case studies to illustrate both the challenges and rewards of the expatriate experience in Asia Provides practical advice for expatriates working in Asia Provides a framework for HR departments to use for preparing expatriates for foreign assignments in Asia The Author: Dr. Scott A. Hipsher has extensive experience working, studying and living in Asia. He has working in Japan as an operational supervisor while in the US Navy, and in Thailand as an area manager for an export company, a marketing manager for a Thai-Malaysian College, a member of the faculty at Bangkok University as well currently working in the Thai-Burmese border region as the General Affairs Manager for ZOA Refugee Care. Dr. Hipsher earned his Bachelor Degree with the University of Maryland's Asian Division while in Japan, an MBA from Bangkok University in Thailand and a Ph.D. from Capella University in the USA. He is the lead author of The Nature of Asian Firms: An Evolutionary Perspective published by Chandos as well as the author of numerous papers on business in Asia and poverty reduction for academic journals and conferences. Readership: Primary: current and potential individual expatriates; HR managers; expatriate scholars. Secondary: international business students Contents: The Colonial Paradigm, what it is and how it is reinforced Current assumptions and HR practices concerning expatriates and their limitations Changing Asia - the need for a paradigm shift Making the paradigm shift The nature of the Asian business environment Dimensions of culture in Asia Stories from the frontlines, case studies of expatriates working in Asia Expatriate HR management free from the Colonial Paradigm The future of expatriates in Asia: trends and predictions