chapter  17
9 Pages

Segmenting international assignments

Theorizing expatriate reward
WithSusan Shortland, Stephen J. Perkins

The trend to segment employees deployed on international assignments is explored, in the context of traditional and changing approaches to expatriate reward management. Mindful of the heterogeneity of expatriation forms and participants, practice is interpreted using equalizing differences theory, before developing the discourse to assess the consequences of actions by multinational employers through the lenses of equity and organizational justice considerations. Attention is drawn to subjective considerations in the way employees deployed internationally assess the validity of policies and their application, making comparisons between themselves and others and the administering processes involved, with implications for expatriate cooperation with managerial intentions.