GMS® Body of Knowledge 

Worldwide ERC’s® GMS® Body of Knowledge

MODULE 1: Applied International Assignment Policy Development

01. International Assignment Policy

  • Emerging trends and changing practices
  • Policy Development
  • Constructing or revising expatriate policies
  • Challenges of policy administration and how it affects policy, clients, and service partners
  • Selling policy recommendations to management

02. Policy Components of the Traditional International Assignment

  • Corporate philosophies on compensation and benefits
  • Cost-of-living policies
  • Fluctuating currencies and home- or host-country compensation approaches.
  • Home- and host-location housing
  • Policies and services for various assignment elements (household goods, pets, transportation, education, home leave, spouse employment, and premiums/special allowances)
  • Methods of cost-tracking and cost-control techniques.
  • Immigration issues
  • Taxes
  • Projecting costs
  • Role of taxes in assignment costs
  • Application of the tax equalization approach
  • Policy practices for workforce security
  • Contract documentation critical to assignment administration
  • Communication techniques with expatriates and their families
  • Repatriation programs

MODULE 2: Policy Alternatives, Strategies, and Tactics for Global Workforce Mobility

03. Starting from the Existing Foundation: Traditional International Assignment Program

  • Analyzing current mobility programs
  • Analyzing Long-term assignment policy

04. Types of Assignments

  • Short-Term Assignments
  • Rotational Assignments
  • Commuter Assignments
  • Career International Assignee

05. Localization

  • Types of Localization
  • What makes localization different
  • Business and HR Strategies that affect localization
  • Developing a localization philosophy
  • Hybrid Localizations
  • Challenges
  • Costs

06. Global Pension and Medical Plans

  • Advantages and disadvantages of home-country, host-country and offshore approach
  • Options for medical coverage
  • Components of medical plans

MODULE 3: The Intercultural Challenge: Supporting Successful International Assignments

07. International Assignments: The Transition Cycle

  • Associated costs
  • Unsuccessful/Failed assignments
  • Expatriate career cycle
  • Stages/phases
  • Coping styles of expatriates and families
  • Attributes for success

08. Assessment and Selection

  • Benefits and options
  • Assessment techniques and selection tools
  • Unsuccessful/Failed assignments
  • Return on investment (ROI)

09. Intercultural Education: Understanding Cultural Values and Communication Styles

  • Definitions of culture
  • Generalizations and stereotypes
  • Cultural variables (communication, time, long/short-term orientation, objectivism/subjectivism)
  • Impact of globalization
  • Iceberg theory of culture
  • Dimensions of cultural differences
      • Collectivism/Individualism
      • Power/Hierarchy
      • Uncertainty Avoidance
      • Task Relationship

10. Global Teamwork

  • Culture and team
  • Global vs. Traditional teams
  • Benefits and challenges
  • Best practices