A study of predeparture orientation programs for employees of business/industry and U.S. Agency for International Development projects Public Deposited

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  • The central purpose of this study was to identify the competencies of a predeparture orientation program as determined by business/industry personnel and personnel from institutions representing the U.S. Agency for International Development. An additional objective was to examine the organizational framework of existing predeparture programs to identify instructional methodologies, administrative structure, evaluation techniques and to the extent possible, the general effectiveness of existing programs. To achieve this goal, an instrument designed to assess the components of existing predeparture orientation programs was developed and administered to individuals representing both groups involved in international employment. Information received from the respondents was analyzed using the one-way analysis of variance, factor analysis, and a frequency distribution analysis. Based on the data collected and analyzed for this study the following conclusions and recommendations were made: 1. All of the competencies identified in this study were judged important to be included as a nucleus of future predeparture orientation programs. 2. Cross-cultural awareness was identified as one of the most important components of any predeparture orientation program. 3. Technical competenc44, while critical in the selection of individuals for international employment, should not be used as the sole criteria for that selection. 4. Greater variety of training aids and training techniques must be used to improve the quality of the predeparture orientation program. 5. Predeparture orientation programs must be both informational and experiential in nature. 6. Business/Institutions should identify and train predeparture orientation specialists, and provide adequate time for effective program development and administration of the predeparture orientation program. 7. Programs providing predeparture orientation report an average 5% premature return rate, a figure substantially below the reported 40-60% premature return rate among employees not receiving training.
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