Tiered expatriation : A social relations approach to staffing multinationals. / Zheng, Yu; Smith, Christopher.

In: Human Resource Management, Vol. 58, No. 5, 17.09.2019, p. 489-502.

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In: Human Resource Management, Vol. 58, No. 5, 17.09.2019, p. 489-502.

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