Swimming Against the Tide: Outward Staffing Flows from Multinational Subsidiaries

Human Resource Management, 2010

Posted: 8 Dec 2008 Last revised: 27 Nov 2009

See all articles by David G. Collings

David G. Collings

University of Limerick

Anthony McDonnell

University of South Australia; Queen's University Management School

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School

Abstract

Empirical studies on expatriation have overwhelming focused on flows of parent country nationals of multinational enterprises (MNEs) to staff subsidiary operations, often presented as an alternatives to host country counterparts. Conversely, the study of flows of subsidiary employees to other subsidiaries, as third country nationals, and to the headquarters, as inpatriates, has, empirically much less pedigree. Drawing on a large scale study of MNEs in Ireland, this paper charts outward international flows of subsidiary employees. The findings indicate that approximately half of MNEs studied had some form of outward staffing flow. Although the significance levels varied between inpatriates and third country nationals, two-way integration of the subsidiary in the MNE network, a tradition of expatriate flows within the MNE and method of establishment emerged as strong indicators of outward flows.

Keywords: MNEs, expatriate, global staffing, inpatriate, third country nationals, parent country

Suggested Citation

Collings, David G. and McDonnell, Anthony and Gunnigle, Patrick and Lavelle, Jonathan, Swimming Against the Tide: Outward Staffing Flows from Multinational Subsidiaries. Human Resource Management, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1310368 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1310368

David G. Collings

University of Limerick

Castletroy, Co
Limerick
Ireland

Anthony McDonnell (Contact Author)

University of South Australia ( email )

Australia

Queen's University Management School ( email )

25 University Square
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

Patrick Gunnigle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland
+353 61 202380 (Phone)
+353 61 338171 (Fax)

Jonathan Lavelle

University of Limerick - Kemmy Business School ( email )

Limerick
Ireland

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