Essays on The Expatriate Management Arrangement at Controls Inc Case Study

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The paper "The Expatriate Management Arrangement at Controls Inc" is a great example of a case study on management. The headquarters of Controls Inc is located in Chicago at Illinois. The company has operations spreading to several countries in Asia, South America, and Europe. Its expansions save for maquiladoras have happened in just recent years. This opened an era of the company involved in the joint ventures. Its prior involvement was with Filtration Inc which was an enormous International Manufacturing conglomerate based in Chicago specializing in the production and design of filtration and temperature control systems.

The quest to utilize cheaper labor and the allurer of being located to potential customers propelled the company to internationally expand at an amazing rate that would have been previously viewed absolutely out of the box of its corporate comfort zone. Following this advancement Control Inc had to get involved in expatriate management (Deresky, 2008). According to Deresky (2008), before sending the expatriates, there is a survey team that is sent to analyze the viability of the project. One of the key business units of Control Inc, Freezer and Cooler Control Business Unit, having its headquarter in Lakeland, Minnesota, sent a team of four people, comprising of two representatives from Business Planning and Finance Departments and two engineers, to examine and see the workability of partnering with a Chinese electronics assembly operation that was yet to be identified.

The team was mandated to identify the potential partners. The team visited a period of one month. If the visit the team was to give a comprehensive report to the headquarter office. Having been appealed with the finding of the first team the planners resolved to send a second team to continue the negotiations that had been started by the first team.

The joint venture in China presented a good opportunity for expansion. Finally an agreement was arrived at with a Chinese state-owned firm. Before being one is send abroad as an expatriate, there was the psychological preparation of the individual on what to anticipate in the foreign land. As in the case of James, the challenge of language and the remoteness of being away from home were highlighted.

There were time to time review interviews to determine the ability of an individual to work as an expatriate and also to assess his general performance in the company. It is through these interviews that James went through that his persistent interest to work as an expatriate came to manifest itself (Latté , 2005).

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