An investigation into international assignment directions of R&D MNE employees: evidence from Greece

Dimitris Manolopoulos, Pavlos Dimitratos, Panagiota Sapouna

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In this study, we explore the effects of the roles of research and development (R&D) laboratories, roles of subsidiaries and level of technological intensity of the sector in which multinational enterprise (MNE) subsidiaries operate on international assignment directions of R&D employees. International assignments are an underinvestigated issue in the international human resource management literature despite its significant research and managerial importance. In particular, to the best of our knowledge, no prior research on international assignments of R&D employees has been undertaken and so the current study aims at filling this void in the literature. Based on a large quantitative research on MNE subsidiaries operating in Greece, the findings suggest that variables of the aforementioned categories of factors influence different international assignment directions, with roles of the R&D subsidiary exerting the most crucial effect. Researchers may examine the unexplored issue of R&D employee international assignments to a larger extent, while MNE management can particularly take into account the micro (laboratory) context of R&D international assignees when developing effective international human resource management programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1093-1108
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number5
Early online date24 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Greece; international assignments; multinational enterprise subsidiaries; research and development employees


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