Publisher: University of Calabar

A Study of The Impact of Expatriate Managers On Local Managerial Capacity Development In Emerging Markets: The Case of Nigeria

Dr. Remi Samuel, Phd, Fcipm, Fcpa, Shrm., Ademola Adeniyi
KEYWORDS: Knowledge management, human capital, managerial capacity, capacity building, expatriates employment, performance management

ABSTRACT:

This paper draws on the knowledge management and absorptive capacity theoretical framework to argue that there is a significant knowledge gap between nationals and the expatriate managers, which are important in building local managerial capacity and enhancing organizational performance in the emerging markets. The relationship between expatriates knowledge and capacity building was explored with a moderating factor of willingness to share knowledge and to some degree problems of skills adaptability to local environment. The data show that expatriates population in the study using the 9- box performance-potential grid may not necessarily be superior to all nationals but those expatriate managers with superior technical and managerial competence are essential for local managerial capacity building and development in the emerging markets. The regulatory agencies ability to monitor and ensure that only competent expatriates are employed was discussed.

This paper draws on the knowledge management and absorptive capacity theoretical framework to
argue that there is a significant knowledge gap between nationals and the expatriate managers, which
are important in building local managerial capacity and enhancing organizational performance in the
emerging markets. The relationship between expatriates knowledge and capacity building was explored
with a moderating factor of willingness to share knowledge and to some degree problems of skills
adaptability to local environment. The data show that expatriates population in the study using the 9-
box performance-potential grid may not necessarily be superior to all nationals but those expatriate
managers with superior technical and managerial competence are essential for local managerial
capacity building and development in the emerging markets. The regulatory agencies ability to monitor
and ensure that only competent expatriates are employed was discussed.


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