How can the HRM department prepare and support an expatriate worker for an overseas work assignment in Qatar

QB5018 Managing Human Resources Assessment 2: Individual essay

Write an essay-style assignment outlining how HRM processes such as the management of expatriates, training, reward and performance management, can be used to support the (fictional) case of a female manager from a US-based corporation who has been given an international expatriate assignment to work in Qatar. Your assignment should consider both the support that can be given to her prior to the start of her expatriate assignment, as well as during the expatriate assignment. Details of the female manager, the (fictional) company she works for, and her family situation, as described below.


Melissa Lamont (aged 40), is a senior female manager who works for a large multinational news media corporation based in the USA. She has been given a three-year international assignment to work in the corporation’s Middle-Eastern office, which is based in Doha. While in Doha, Melissa will be the deputy manager of the business and economics team, responsible for reporting on business and economic issues in the whole Middle Eastern region. The (male) manager of the team is a Qatari national with 20 years experience working for the company, 10 of which were in the USA, and 10 in Qatar. There are 50 journalists in the business and economics team that are based in Doha. About 70% of the journalists in the team are male, the average age of people in the team is 32 years. The team is made up of a range of nationalities, with 10% being Qatari, 40% being from other Middle Eastern countries, and 50% being journalists from Europe, and the USA. The business language spoken within the company is English.


Melissa has worked for the US-based news media organization for 10 years, based in New York. She has US nationality, and has never worked overseas before. Melissa is married, and her husband (aged 38) works as a freelance journalist. He, along with their two children, will move to Doha for the term of her assignment. Melissa’s husband is able to continue his work as a freelance journalist while based in Doha. Melissa’s children are a girl (aged 8) and a boy (aged 6), both of whom will attend school in Doha. None of the family have any serious medical issues, and are healthy. English is the only language Melissa speaks.


(if you make any assumptions about Melissa, her family, or company, that are NOT detailed in the case, state them in your assignment)


In discussing how HRM processes can support Melissa, make links to relevant HRM literature, concepts, and examples. In doing so, when you refer to any HRM processes, or concepts, define and explain them.


This is a 2,500 word assignment (plus/minus 10%).


Your assignment should have a brief introduction and conclusion. There is no need for an executive summary, or a table of contents, but the use of section headings is encouraged. You should also include a full Harvard-style reference list, giving details of all the sources that you have used.

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