RESEARCH ASSOCIATION FOR TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKING - SUCCESS BY INTERCULTURAL RISK MANAGEMENT
Social support and private networks on foreign assignment
This project focuses on the private networks of employees sent on foreign assignment by small and medium-sized companies. Social support postulates positive environmental factors that neutralize, respectively reduce, the stress effects, respectively have a positive effect, on health and well-being and is important in a prophylactic sense, to prevent illness and therefore represents an individual contribution to risk management. Interviews of employees on foreign assignment following specific guidelines should determine the problem areas of the support and the networking in a foreign assignment. These interviews serve as a basis to draft a standardized questioning instrument to question employees of small and medium-sized companies on foreign assignment at three intervals: shortly before the sojourn, during the sojourn and after the sojourn. From the results, we expect to discern the role that private networks can play and to draw recommendations on how to act for future foreign assignments.