Toward fairer global reward: Lessons from international non-governmental organizations

Ishbel McWha-Hermann , Jakov Jandric, Emily Cook-Lundgren, Stuart C. Carr

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Global reward management plays a fundamental role in supporting the attraction,motivation and retention of employees, and yet recent research has underscore dlimitations of the dominant balance sheet approach, including inequity between host country national and expatriate staff. To shed light on how reward in international contexts can be structured to address issues of fairness and equity, this study explores approaches to global reward in international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), an underexplored context where fairness may be particularly salient. Through an inductive study of 15 INGOs, we show how organizations are reconceptualizing global reward systems by questioning dominant assumptions of the expatriate workforce and the jobs they do, and broadening consideration of reward to include both monetary and non-monetary components. Doing so enables incremental shifts toward strategic alignment of global reward with underlying social values. Our findings provide important insights for organizations operating internationally about how global reward can be structured to address concerns of fairness, while still enabling organizations to meet their demands for particular skills.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101897
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Business Review
Early online date20 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jul 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • global reward management
  • non-profit management
  • expatriate compensation
  • values-based HRM
  • INGOs


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