Optional Program/GMS® 

The Intercultural Challenge: Supporting Successful International Assignments
Module 3 of the Global Mobility Specialist designation.

Date: 17 May 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta


This one day classroom training is specifically designed to assist those professionals working as part of a global team, and develops the key skills to understanding the challenges faced by employees working overseas.

The workshop also compromises the content of the third module of the Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) designation.  All attendees who have already completed Module 1 (Applied International Assignment Policy Development) and Module 2 (Policy Alternatives, Strategies and Tactics for Global Workforce Mobility) online will be eligible to take the GMS® exam on the day, and receive instant accreditation.  Note that the Modules may be completed in any order and Modules 1 and 2 are not prerequisites for this class.

By completing this training, you will:

  • Learn the basics of intercultural education theory
  • Apply intercultural theory to relocation processes and real-time global business practices

Content includes:

  • Assignee selection and assessment techniques, tools, and their applications
  • Opportunities for attracting and serving culturally diverse market segments
  • The explicit and implicit costs of international assignments borne by the organization as well as the expatriates and their families
  • The stages and phases of the adaptation process and the variety of coping styles employed by expatriates and their families
  • The key characteristics that contribute to an employee’s success on international assignment<
  • Methods to measure assignment success
  • The practices around intercultural education and training for assignees and their families
  • Essential components of a repatriation program that will help your organization realize maximum return on the significant investment made in workforce mobility
  • Real-time global business case studies
  • Understand the iceberg theory of culture
  • Learn the dimensions of cultural differences based on research and theoretical models
  • Identify key components of intercultural education and learn to tailor intercultural training to fit within budget constraints
  • Access resources for culture-specific information and education
  • Identify successful strategies for nurturing effective global teams

Details on Module 1

Details on Module 2 

Module 3 attendee at the 2016 Americas Mobility Conference commented:

"I participated in the GMS module that was being offered, and I LOVED IT. The instructor was fantastic and engaging.  I really enjoyed the material and was inspired after  attending. Thank you for bringing in such a fabulous speaker on what some may consider an uninteresting topic."  Hear what others have said about the course/designation.


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