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”Expatriation is the expected encounter with the unfamiliar”

What is pre-departure training and consultation?

Pre-departure training is a needs-assessment based individual consultation (with an optional on site follow-up) for the executive and her/his spouse and teen-age children about to leave for an international assignment. Global Mobility Consulting AB has more than 20 years of experience and has trained in excess of 4 000 families.

Why is it important?

Intercultural research has demonstrated convincingly that those employees and their families who receive pre-departure training are likely to cope with the cycle of cultural adjustment more effectively and adjust to their living/working environment more rapidly.

What does it contain?

The training/consultation is a two days event consisting of six modules:

  • an introduction to the cycle of cultural adjustment, including culture-general coping strategies
  • a general survey of the host country from a historical, social, political, religious and economic perspective, focusing on contemporary issues
  • meeting with a Scandinavian family who just returned from an expatriate assignment from the host country in question, this time addressing the culture specific coping strategies and paying special attention to the needs of the spouse and teen-age children
  • a module devoted to how to work effectively and productively in a different cultural environment – an introduction to “culture management skills”
  • a culture specific session on being a Scandinavian executive in the host country’s business context and finally
  • a session on the challenge of repatriation – as a successful repatriation is a long term process and actually should be planned for already before expatriation.

Modules 1, 4 and 6 are culture general and usually several executives and their spouses (and children) are in attendance. Modules 2, 3 and 5 are culture specific and in most cases run for one family (or if needed, for one individual) at a time. As a rule, the sessions are run in the Swedish language. On rare occasions, however, modules are being delivered in English. The training/consultations takes place at Frösundavik, Stockholm/Solna and is offered once a month (except July). On request consultations can be conducted in-house. On a case-by-case basis on site follow up consultation is offered, usually 3-6 months after the commencement of the assignment.


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