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The Expatriate Life

A Study of German Expatriates and their Spouses in Ireland- Issues of Adjustment and Training


Claire O'Reilly

Culture-specific empirical studies in the interdisciplinary field of International Human Resource Management (IHRM) are very much needed especially when it comes to the development of training for expatriate managers working in an international context. This book, based on a PhD thesis by the author, is a study of German expatriates and their spouses living in the Republic of Ireland. Examining in detail three of the four stages of the expatriation cycle, namely the selection, preparation and adjustment of the expatriates, the aim of the study was to develop expatriate and intercultural training based on need areas and attitudes to training. This book endeavours to contribute to a better understanding of the IHRM of German expatriates, to German-Irish business relations and the conception of expatriate training and support.
The Author: Claire O’Reilly is Juniorprofessor for Intercultural Training at the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. She is a graduate of the University of Limerick where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2001.